Held in conjunction with the Centre for Transnational History as part of their annual lecture series and the Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilization. Generously supported by the Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.
Starts: Apr 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM
Revisiting Ivan Fedorov’s Legacy in Early Modern Europe
Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:40:30 AM
May 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: May 9, 2014 6:00:00 PM
An event to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Ivan Fedorov’s Acts and Epistles (Apostol) and the 440th anniversary of his Primer (Azbuka).
Fedorov is usually regarded as the father of printing in Russia and
Ukraine. Supported by SSEES, the Centre for Eastern European
Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS), UCL European Institute and UCL
Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the conference will challenge the
narrow national views of Fedorov's heritage by offering a transnational
approach to the history of early printing.
The Black Legend is the perception/theory that Spaniards were especially tyrannical, cruel, intolerant, lustful and greedy. These powerful stereotypes prevent an accurate understanding of early modern and even contemporary Spain. This project seeks to study the Black Legend as an early modern cultural dialogue, one in which Spanish intellectuals saw foreign prejudices as challenges that they needed to answer. We will approach the Black Legend from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining literary studies with theories on nation building, propaganda, and identity formation in the period. In particular, we examine how the Black Legend influenced Spain's self-conception during the Golden Age: how did Golden Age Spanish writers receive these ideas and how did they use theatre in particular to respond to them, how did commercial and court plays contribute to the process of nation building, and how did a nation like Spain, adapt, adopt and appropriate foreign perceptions to reshape its own self-image?