Printers, Stationers, and Booksellers

Event Date: 
12 Sep 2019 to 14 Sep 2019

The People of Print: Printers, Stationers, and Booksellers, c. 1500-1830


Sheffield Hallam University

Whether we view them as tastemakers, ideological brokers, or entrepreneurial opportunists, the personnel of the book trade undeniably shaped the book cultures of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. While capital, technology, and markets are all powerful factors in the trade’s development, its people are its most significant agents. Current research across periods is demonstrating the creative agency of book trade personnel, and the extent of their cultural and political engagement. As recent monographs and essay collections demonstrate, book trade history in this period is now firmly established as a field of study. Much remains to be done, however, to understand and theorise the cultural and social activities, subjectivities, and identities of book trade personnel. This interdisciplinary conference will re-evaluate their roles, and explore directions for future research. We seek to draw together book history, printing history, reading history, and literary studies. For information, or if you would like to discuss your proposal in advance of submission, please email Abstracts of 300 words can be sent to by 15 May 2019. Please include a brief bio (50 words).



Submission date for papers: 
15 May 2019