Appel à propositions

Translators and Printers in Renaissance Europe: Framing Identity and Agency

IMLR, University of London , 29–30 September, 2016

RSANewLogoThe European Renaissance witnessed a new significance accorded to the tasks of textual translation, and the printing and dissemination of the resultant works—whether religious tracts, literary or historical works, or popular manuals of instruction. As a consequence, the same period saw a dramatic increase in the importance, even prestige claimed by translators, both women and men, for their skills. Translators and printers made these claims in frontispieces, prefaces, letters of dedication, and the like. In their direct appeal to the reader, such framing devices yield rich information about the material culture of sixteenth-century books, and the scope of translators’ endeavours.

This international conference explores the self-presentational strategies of sixteenth-century European translators and printers, and the tensions and ambiguities therein. Through analysis of paratextual material, this two-day event aims to illuminate the self-views of sixteenth-century translators, and their own accounts of their role as authoritative agents of cultural exchange, national and transnational acculturation.

Keynote Speakers:

Guyda Armstrong (University of Manchester): Materiality, agency, and the book-object in early modern printed translations

Douglas Biow (University of Texas at Austin): Vasari’s Professions

A. E. B. Coldiron (Florida State University): Presenting the Translator: Visibility and the author-function(s) in early modern translators’ portraits

Call for papers

You are invited to submit a paper title, an abstract of 150 words, 3 keywords, and a 300 word curriculum vitae directly to before the 31st of March 2016. The outcome of the submission will be communicated before the 15th of April 2016 and the conference programme will be announced shortly afterwards. Please note that papers should not be longer than 20 minutes.


More details on the conference and on how to register will soon be posted on this page. Please note that registration will be £25 (regular) or £15 (students).


Giulia Ventrella-Proust

Giulia Ventrella-Proust est chargée de la gestion du projet de recherche international EDITEF, coordonné par Chiara Lastraioli et portant sur "Le livre italien dans l'espace francophone à la première modernité" (Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance). Elle s'occupe du suivi et de la coordination du projet, ainsi que de la recherche scientifique et de sa valorisation auprès de la communauté scientifique et du grand public.

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