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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Manuscript and Oral News in Early Modern Europe

8th August 2012, 09:00 to 16:30, Pemberton Lecture Rooms near the Cathedral


The significance of the circulation of news in early modern Europe has generated much debate in recent years. While printed news has attracted considerable interest from historians, manuscript and oral news have received relatively little attention. This conference aims to examine the dissemination and interpretation of manuscript and oral news as it circulated between as well as within European countries in the early modern period.

Registration deadline: Monday 16th July 2012

Please note that registration will be limited and subject to space due to the constraints of the venue. If you are interested in attending, please contact the organisers at Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • The international exchange of news
  • The interaction between manuscript, oral and printed news.
  • The credibility and readership of news
  • News networks
  • Propaganda and the manipulation of news
  • Rumours and scurrilous words
  • Secrecy and censorship

Contact for more information about this event.