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International symposium: Spreading the News in the Eighteenth Century

Spreading the news in the eighteenth century

An ‘Enlightenment News’ Symposium

NTNU Trondheim, 3-4 December 2015


Schedule of public events


Note the different venues! Suhmhuset, Gunnerus Library, Dragvoll, Adressahuset


Thursday 3 December


Presentation of papers. Venue: Suhmhuset

10.00-10.10: Introduction by Paul Goring

10.15-11.30: Session 1

Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow), ‘Searching for Dr. Johnson’

Annika Rockenberger (University of Oslo), ‘The German early-enlightenment newspaper “Nordischer Mercurius” (1664–1730) – digitized’

Danny Reed (Oxford Brookes)  , 'Spreading the News within the Clerical Profession - Newspapers and the Church in the North of England, 1714-1761'

11.30-11.45: Coffee

11.45-12.45: Session 2

Ellen Krefting (University of Oslo), ‘News and Opinions in Denmark-Norway’

Arthur de Weduven (University of St. Andrews) ‘From piety to profit: the development of newspaper advertising in the Dutch Golden Age’

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Session 3

Denis Reynaud (Université Lumière-Lyon 2) ‘Circulating descriptions: signalements in the press before the French Revolution’

Marius Warholm Haugen (NTNU), ‘News of travellers; travel as news’

Johanne Kristiansen (NTNU), ‘Reporting the French Revolution’

15.00-15.10: Short break

15.10-16.00: Session 4

William Warner (University of Santa Barbara, California), ‘Newspapers, reality, and the problem of truth’

Andrew Pettegree (University of St. Andrews), ‘What Enlightenment? The degeneration of the newspaper ideal in eighteenth-century Europe’



Opening of exhibition, ‘Da Trondheim fikk sin første avis: Adressavisenes etablering på 1700-tallet’ Venue: Gunnerusbibliotek


Friday 4 December


Guest lecture by Professor William Warner (University of Santa Barbara, California). Venue: Dragvoll, Room D107

‘Enlightenment News: Critical Public Discourse or Propaganda?’



Public Lecture by Professor Andrew Pettegree (University of St. Andrews). Venue: Adressahuset

‘Journalism and the Right to Know: News and Public Policy in the First Age of Print’