Epistolary cultures - letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe

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Co-organizer, together with Kevin Killeen of Epistolary cultures - letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe abstract:From the place of Cicero’s intimate letters in the development of Renaissance humanism, to the knowledge networks of merchants, collectors and scientists, to the role of women in the republic of letters, recent years have seen a flowering of studies on the practice of letter-writing in Early Modern Europe, as well as major editing projects of early modern letters - Hartlib, Comenius, Scaliger, Casaubon, Browne, Greville, and the EMLO and Cultures of Knowledge projects. This conference will explore the manifold aspects of early modern letter-writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in its Latin and vernacular forms. It will consider topics such as the intellectual geographies of letter-writing, the connections between vernacular and Latin letter cultures, questions of genre, rhetoric and style, as well as the political, religious, and scientific uses of letters. Keynote speakers include Henry Woudhuysen and Andrew Zurcher. Other speakers include: Tom Charlton James Daybell, Johanna Harris Joe Moshenska, Alison Searle, Richard Serjeantson
Period18 Mar 2016
Event typeConference
LocationYork, United KingdomShow on map


  • Early Modern History
  • Early Modern Literary Culture
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Neolatin
  • Letters