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Constructing Publics: Cultures of Communication in the Early Modern German Lands
Durham, NC, April 1998

Second FNI International Conference "Constructing Publics: Cultures of Communication in the Early Modern German Lands" April 16-18, 1998 Duke University Durham, North Carolina USA
About the conference: The development of print culture changed almost every aspect of early modern Europe. By the eighteenth century a modern public culture was identifying, weighing, and discussing the issues of the day in ways hardly possible before the print revolution. This conference explores the roots of this modern public culture in the early modern cultures of communication that preceded it. Orality, writing, print, the visual image, theater, and music: the conference devotes papers and discussion to each, as well as to their interactions. No part of Europe provides scholars with more diverse or more significant material to explore this topic than the German lands, the birthplace of modern print culture. The conference offers a multidisciplinary approach to this theme. Fourteen sessions offer papers from art history, the history of science and medicine, literature, musicology, political and social history, and religion. Topics will include: Confession and Village Politics; Discourses of Transgression; Humanists, Print, and the Public Sphere; Visual Strategies and Confessional Audiences; Communications between Governors and Governed; Music, Culture, and Patronage in the Age of Print; Perspectives on the Scientific Communities; Communication in Religious Discourse; Spectacles, Trials, and Theater; Realism and Persuasion in Religious and Secular Art; Denunciation and the State; Physicians and Communication; Communication Revolutions and Aesthetic Ideals; and Religious Radicals. Musicology Sessions MUSICOLOGY 1: MUSIC, CULTURE, AND PATRONAGE IN THE AGE OF PRINT Friday, April 17, 9:30 am Chair: Paul Walker, University of Virginia Commentator: James Haar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Business Unusual: Making Music and Money in Early Modern Germany." John Kmetz "The Lamentations of Jeremiah: Music, Printing, and Politics in Renaissance Nuremberg." Susan Jackson, City University of New York "The Dissemination of Italian Music in Germany in the Mid-Sixteenth Century." Mary Lewis, University of Pittsburgh. MUSICOLOGY 2: COMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTIONS AND CHANGING AESTHETIC IDEALS IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE Saturday, April 18, 3:15 am Chair: Steven Saunders, Colby College Commentator: Alexander Silbiger, Duke University "Theater as a Total Work of Art: Transitions from a Renaissance to a Baroque Model of Theatrical Communication." GŁnter Berghaus, University of Bristol "Changing Expressive Ideals from Renaissance to Baroque." Paul Walker, University of Virginia "Oral Traditions and Written Texts: Changes in German Instrumental Music in the Sixteenth Century." Keith Polk, University of New Hampshire Workshops explore interdisciplinary approaches to premodern cultures of communication. Tom Robisheaux and Ann Marie Rasmussen will lead a discussion on historical and literary approaches to "Orality, Writing, and Print." Hans Van Miegroet and Neil De Marchi will present a second workshop on how economics and art history might collaborate to understand "The Economics of Art" in the early modern period. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour and discuss the Harold Jantz Collection of German Baroque Literature in Perkins Library, as well as attend a concert of German sacred music in the Duke Chapel by Zephyrus of Charlottesville, Virginia. For additional information please contact: Dr. Thomas Robisheaux Department of History Duke University Durham, North Carolina 27708-0719 USA Phone: +1-919-684-5979 Fax: +1-919-681-7670 Email: