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New Perspectives on Early Modern Media and the Book Business in Europe

Symposium University of Groningen Library, Friday 22 March 2019

In March 2019 Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen’s new book The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age will be published. At the same time, the authors will launch the Dutch translation in the Netherlands.

In Groningen, this will happen in the University Library. Its Special Collections Department stores much of the discussed material. The publication of the translation and of two other books in the same field will be celebrated in an afternoon symposium, in which the authors and the Special Collections curator will reflect on the new publications (see programme below). They will outline the making of their books, discuss the present state of the art in their field of research and possibilities for new research in early modern media and book history in Europe.


  • Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen (University of St. Andrews)
  • Heiko Droste (Stockholm University)
  • Joop W. Koopmans (University of Groningen)
  • Alisa van de Haar (University of Groningen)


Raingard Esser (University of Groningen)

22 March 2019 (1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Jantina Tammeszaal, 4th floor, University Library City Centre, Broerstraat 4, Groningen

(hosted by Alisa van de Haar, Curator Special Collections)


1 pm Doors open
1:20-1:30 Opening by Raingard Esser (Director of ICOG)
1:30-2:00 Heiko Droste and Joop Koopmans about Droste’s book Das Geschäft mit Nachrichten: Ein barocker Markt für Soziale Ressourcen (Bremen: edition lumière, 2018)
2:00-2:30 Joop Koopmans and Heiko Droste about Koopmans’ volume Early Modern Media and the News in Europe: Perspectives from the Dutch Angle ( Leiden, 2018)
2:30-2:50 Coffee and Tea Break
2:50-3:30 Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen about their book, translated in Dutch, De boekhandel van de wereld: Drukkers, boekverkopers en lezers in de Gouden Eeuw (Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2019)
3:30-3:45 Alisa van de Haar about De boekhandel van de wereld and the collection the Groningen University Library
3:45-4:15 Open Debate led by Raingard Esser
4:15-4:30 Material on display
4:30 Drinks

  • Registration / Information:   j.w.koopmans
  • register before 20 March 2019 (no fee)
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