Reading and Health in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

Event Date: 
05 Jul 2013 to 06 Jul 2013

An international, interdisciplinary conference

University of Newcastle

This conference explores how early modern texts engage with the regulation of the body and mind through reading. It investigates the connections between reading and health and considers how reading was understood as an embodied practice in the period with profound implications for both personal well-being and the healthy body politic. 

Plenary speakers and their topics:

Katharine Craik, University of Oxford Brookes, ‘Unreasonable Readers’


Josie Billington and Phil Davis, University of Liverpool, ‘The very grief a cure of the disease’

Helen Smith, University of York, 'Reading and using: psyche and physic in early modern England'

Richard Wistreich, Royal Northern College of Music, ‘Reading the Voice: The Anatomy and Physiognomy of Speaking and Singing’

Registration is now open. A full programme and online registration are available at:

Co-organised by Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Louise Wilson (University of St Andrews)

With generous support from The Society for Reanissance Studies and The Leverhulme Trust.