Conference - The Rise of the Newspaper in Europe & America, 1600–1900

Conference - The Rise of the Newspaper in Europe & America, 1600–1900
Oct 13 - 14 , 2017

Friday–Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

The newspaper rose to centrality in modern societies by making information current, critical, legitimate, and public. Leading experts on the history of the newspaper will consider its invention, its layout, its appeal to sensation, and its claim to objectivity. The conference will explore our debt to the newspaper and our continued need for news sources that are not “fake.” $25. Register online.


Conference Schedule



8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee


9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Remarks: William Warner (University of California, Santa Barbara)


Session 1: Trusting and Distrusting the News

Moderator: Rachael Scarborough King (University of California, Santa Barbara)


William Warner

“Unfake News: Truth and Trust and the Anglophone Newspaper”


Joad Raymond (Queen Mary University of London)

“Waiting for Time and Tide: Skeptical News-reading Practices in Early Modern Europe”


12:00 p.m. - Lunch


1:00 p.m. - Session 2: Copyright and Propriety

Moderator: William Warner


Will Slauter (Université Paris Diderot)

“Copyright and the Newspaper”


Elisa Tamarkin (University of California, Berkeley)

“Fit to Print: A Natural History of Relevance”


2:45 p.m. - Break


3:00 p.m. - Session 3: Enlightenment News Roundtable: Travelling News

Moderator: Paul Goring (Norwegian Technical University at Trondheim, NTNU)


Paul Goring
“Spreading the News in an Expanding Information Culture”


Johanne Kristiansen (NTNU)
“Travelling Reporters: Foreign News Gathering Towards the Close of the Eighteenth Century”


Marius Warholm Haugen (NTNU)
“Micro-travelogues in Eighteenth-Century French Gazettes”


Siv Gøril Brandtzæg (NTNU)
“Nomadic Novels: Eighteenth-Century Advertisements in North American Newspapers”


Yuri Cowan (NTNU)
“‘A great instance of our frugality of words’: Reporting the Local and Global Eighteenth Century in 140 Characters”




9:00 a.m. - Registration & Coffee


9:30 a.m. - Session 4: Mediating the News

Moderator: William Warner


Rachael Scarborough King

“The Multimedia News Marketplace in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries”


Clifford Siskin (New York University)

“Information/Knowledge: The Physics of the Newspaper”


12:00 p.m. - Lunch


1:00 p.m. - Session 5: News Genres

Moderator: Rachael Scarborough King


Manushag Powell (Purdue University)

“Eliza Haywood’s ‘Friend in the Country’ in the Parrot’s Compendium of the Times


Dallas Liddle (Augsburg College)

“The Synthetic Genres of Victorian Daily News”


2:45 p.m. - Break


3:00 p.m. - Session 6: Global Networks and Competitive Advocacy

Moderator: Rachael Scarborough King


Troy Bickham (Texas A&M University)

“Newspapers and the Emergence of Public Global Communications Networks, c. 1750-1815”


Jeffrey Pasley (University of Missouri)

“Reporting the News in the Partisan Press: The Age of Competitive Advocacy”

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