News and the Shape of Europe, 1500-1750

Three-day symposium on the history of news, held at Queen Mary, University of London, 26-28th July 2013. The symposium was the crowning event of the Leverhulme-funded project, News Networks in Early Modern Europe, headed by Professor Joad Raymond and to result in a new pan-European history of news.


  1. DAY ONE

  2. The first panel was opened by Brendan Dooley, discussing where we go next with news networks, imagining the possibility of identifying textual borrowing between different news sources, and potentially between languages. Something to aim to - though perhaps we're not there with the technology yet, as mentioned by Katherine Bank and Melodee Beals.
  3. The panel continued apace with Javier Diaz Noci (Pompeu Fabra) on the Gazeta da Amsterdam, and Nicholas Brownlees (Florence) with his paper: “Newes also came by Letters”: a corpus-based analysis of the function of “Letters” in the transmission of news in seventeenth-century England.

  4. These are the links Prof Brownlees referenced in his talk:

    • Florence Early English Newspapers Corpus (FEEN)

         (1620-1649)    256,000 words

    • Lancaster Newsbooks Corpus (LNC)

          (December 1653-May 1654)  870,000 words

    • Zurich English Newspapers Corpus (ZEN)

         (1671, 1681, 1691 ) 130,000 words

  5. The next panel continued with:

    - Helmer Helmers (Amsterdam) – Before Specialization: Nicolaes van Geelkercken (1585-1656) Experiments With Printed News, 1610-1630

    - Jan Hillgaertner (Erlangen-Nuremberg/St Andrews) – Meeting the reader’s expectations: the design of early printed newspapers (1605-1680)

    - Marcus Nevitt (Sheffield) – News from Westminster and other places: Royalist satire and European news reporting in revolutionary England