Multilingual Practices in Early Modern Literary Culture

University of Birmingham
Thursday 10 January (10:00) - Friday 11 January 2019 (16:00)

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Moving between two or more languages was normal in early modern (c. 1500-1700) European culture and society. Recent research on such topics as transnational literatures, translation and imitation, language learning and the relation between Latin and vernaculars is drawing attention to ways that multilingualism was a constitutive part of early modern literary culture.

This international symposium, supported by a grant from the AHRC Open World Initiative project ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’, will bring together scholars based in the UK and continental Europe to advance interdisciplinary perspectives on the contexts and literary applications of early modern multilingualism.

Speakers include:

  • Jan Bloemendal (Huygens)
  • Hilary Brown (Birmingham) 
  • John Gallagher (Leeds) 
  • Alisa van de Haar (Groningen) 
  • Nick Hardy (Birmingham) 
  • Ineke Huysman (Huygens) 
  • Farkas Kiss (ELTE) 
  • Sarah Knight (Leicester) 
  • Martin Korenjak (Innsbruck) 
  • Victoria Moul (King’s College London) 
  • Aurore Schoenecker (Paris)

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[Image credit: 'From Colloquia et dictionariolum septem linguarum (1597). Reproduced by permission of the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham']