Conference Schedule

Thursday 8 September

Time      Event

09.00 – 09.45    Registration Tea/Coffee

9.45 – 10.00         Welcome by Dr Geoff Kemp and Dr Jason McElligott and introduction to the planned Edinburgh History of the Media in Britain and Ireland, Volume 1, 1641-1800.

10.00 – 11.30      SESSION 1: The Civil Wars of the Seventeenth Century

  • Professor Laurent Curelly (Université de Haute Alsace), ‘How much of a Leveller newsbook was The Moderate?’
  • Mr Davide Boerio, (UCC Medici Archive Project), ‘The Storm of News: Political Information between the British Isles and Italy during the mid-1640s’.
  • Ms Sarah Ward (St Catherine's College, Oxford) ‘Newsgathering, allegiance and political action in Wales on the eve of the English Civil War’.

11.30 – 13.00    SESSION 2: Late Seventeenth Century Crises

  • Mr Stuart Keogh (Independent scholar, Luxembourg), ‘A ghost of propaganda past: The Jacobite Dublin Gazette, 1690’.
  • Dr Geoff Kemp (University of Auckland), ‘News and the End of Censorship, 1690-1720.
  • Mr Edward Taylor (University of Warwick), ‘The publication and significance of “observators”, c.1681-1712’.

13:00 – 14.00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:30    SESSION 3: Drama, Advertisements and Reporting

  • Professor Michael Palmer (University of Paris III), ‘Dramatists, newspapers, advertisers: plays about news from Jonson’s The Staple of News (1626) to Sheridan’s The Critic (1781).
  • Dr Siv Gøril Brandtzæg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) ‘Novel advertisements in British and Irish newspapers of the eighteenth century’.
  • Dr Craig Spence (Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln), ‘Trading in trauma: Reporting accident events in early modern newspapers’.

15.30– 16:00     Tea/Coffee

16.00 – 17:30    SESSION 4: Eighteenth-Century Ireland

  • Dr Máire Kennedy (Dublin City Libraries), ‘Newspaper networks in eighteenth-century Munster’
  • Dr Ralph Stevens (University College Dublin), ‘“I write to the common People”: content, style and audience in Charles Leslie’s Rehearsal’.
  • Mr Brendan Twomey (TCD), ‘Swift and Celebrity reporting in the Dublin press’.

18.00 – 19.00    Keynote: Prof. Joad Raymond (QMUL) 'Bundling the News'

19.30– Late       Conference Dinner

Friday 9 September

09.30 – 11.00    SESSION 5: Europe and the French Revolution

  • Ms Johanne Kristiansen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), ‘Letters to the Editor: London Newspapers and the French Revolution’.
  • Mr Kevin Grieves (Bath Spa University), ‘Loyalty and Unanimity: The Bath Newspapers' Promotion of an Associational Culture During the French Revolution’.
  • Professor Paul Goring, (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), '‘I saw the Man, that saw the Man, that said he saw this wondrous Sight': George III's coronation and the newspapers'.
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11.00 – 11.30    Tea/Coffee

11.30 – 13.00    SESSION 6: Media Theory, Networks and the Digital

  • Professor Paul Sivitz (Idaho State University), ‘Circulating 18th-century Science: Letter-writing, Networks, and the Gentleman’s Magazine’
  • Dr David Manning (University of Leicester), ‘The Limits of Moral Panic Theory: “Reporting” on Wickedness in Early Modern England, c.1646–c.1721’
  • Dr Ben Lacey (Adam Matthew Publishing Ltd), ‘The Creation and Use of Digital Copies of Eighteenth-Century Newspapers and Periodicals’.

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 15.30    SESSION 7: Collecting, Censorship and Style

  • Dr Suzanne Forbes (Open University), ‘Tory printing in Ireland after the Succession Crisis, 1713-14’.
  • Dr Matthew Symonds (UCL) Translation and cultural communication within news networks: the case of Peter Anthony Motteux’s Gentleman’s Journal
  • Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore), 'Narcissus Luttrell and Early Newsprint Collecting, 1678-1730'

15:30 – 16.00    Coffee

16.00 – 17.30    Open discussion about structure and contents of The Edinburgh History of  the Media in Britain and Ireland, Volume 1, 1641-1800.