Reception, Reputation and Circulation in
the Early Modern World, 1500-1800

Moore Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
22-25 March 2017


Registration is free but advance registration is required. The conference dinner (€45) will take place on Friday 24 March in the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway. If you wish to attend the dinner, payment should be made when registering.

This international conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of texts, the reputations of authors and individuals, and the circulation of people and things in the early modern world.


Ruth Ahnert (QMUL)
Sebastian Ahnert (Cambridge)
Robin Buning (Oxford)
Marc Caball (UCD)
Liesbeth Corens (Cambridge)
Gillian Dow (Southampton)
Julia Flanders (Northeastern)
Juliet Fleming (NYU)
Jaime Goodrich (Wayne State)

Jerome de Groot (Manchester)
Katherine Larson (Toronto)
Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library)
Jennifer Richards (Newcastle, UK)
Eleanor Rycroft (Bristol)
Alex Samson (UCL)
Helen Smith (York)
Rosalind Smith (Newcastle, Australia)
Micheline White (Carleton)

  • How did texts circulate in the early modern world?
  • How were authorial reputations fashioned?
  • How did gender affect the reception and/or circulation of texts?
  • How did circulation forge religious, scientific, or social networks?
  • How did cross-cultural encounters affect the circulation of texts, ideas, reputations,
    people, and goods across national and linguistic boundaries?
  • How were texts and authors received through media such as embroidery, artwork, or musical settings?
  • How can materiality affect reception?
  • What can quantitative methodologies tell us about textual transmission
    and/or authorial or personal reputations?
  • How can digital scholarship help us understand networks of circulation and influence?


© The Wallace Collection. Gabriel Metsu, The Letter Writer Surprised (c.1658-1660).