The Growth of News: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland, 1641-1800
An inter-disciplinary conference organised by Dr Geoff Kemp (Auckland) and Dr Jason McElligott (Dublin)
This conference will examine the importance of newspapers and periodicals in the political, cultural and literary life of Britain and Ireland during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The starting point for the conference is the year 1641, when news of the Irish Rebellion was the catalyst for the first books of weekly news published in London. The end point for the conference is the year 1800, the eve of the Act of Union, when newspapers and serials were a long established feature of every population centre across the ‘British Isles’.
Two dozen scholars from a number of related disciplines will examine a variety of types of serial publications during this formative century and a half.
This conference is part of a project entitled ‘Cultures of Communication’, which aims to map current research in British and Irish press history from 1641 until the year 2000.
The first conference in this series (Cultures of Communication I) dealt with the twentieth century and was organised by Professor Martin Conboy at Sheffield University's Centre for the Study of Journalism and History in September 2014.
The second conference (Cultures of Communication II) was organised by Professor David Finkelstein and held at the University of Edinburgh in September 2015.
This third conference in September 2016 (Cultures of Communication III) is co-organised by Dr Geoff Kemp and Dr Jason McElligott.
The conferences are intended to lay the groundwork for a three-volume survey of the history of British and Irish newspapers and periodicals. This will be published by Edinburgh University Press.