The aim of this project is to develop an international network and a virtual research environment (VRE) to facilitate and stimulate innovative research on European popular print culture. Although popular print culture has been studied intensively since the 1960’s, this was done mainly with a regional or national focus, based on the assumption that popular print in the vernacular had a limited geographical reach. Recent research has revealed however, that popular print culture had strong European characteristics and an often transnational infrastructure.
The key question of the project is: how European was popular print culture in the period 1450-1900? Besides workshops and conferences this network will develop a taxonomy of popular genres, a thesaurus of the producers and distributors of popular print and lists of (digitized) bibliographical and archival sources. The results of this project will shed new light on processes of cultural exchange, on the similarities and differences of popular genres, on international collaboration in the book industry, on the organisation of transnational distribution networks and on the multifaceted practices around translation, appropriation, adaptation and reception of stories, songs and images.
- Project leader: Dr Jeroen Salman
- Members: Dr Katell Lavéant; Dr Habil. Rita Schlusemann; Dr Helwi Blom
- Duration: 2016-2018
- Funding: NWO Internationalisation