Call for Papers

This one-day conference, held jointly by the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, will explore different approaches to early modern pamphleteering. Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, it will discuss the literary and historical aspects of pamphleteering. By uniting dedicated scholars of pamphleteering with researchers who use pamphlets as part of a wider project, the conference will create new understandings of the subject. We aim to examine both the construction of a culture of pamphleteering, and the ways in which pamphleteering shaped early modern cultures more broadly.

The conference will include a keynote address by Professor Joad Raymond (Queen Mary University of London).

The organisers are pleased to invite proposals from established scholars, early career researchers, and particularly PhD students for papers of 20 minutes in length. Papers may address pamphlets produced in the British Isles or elsewhere in Europe during any part of the period from 1558 to 1702. We welcome proposals from scholars approaching pamphlets and pamphleteering in relation to subjects including:

  • Literary Criticism
  • History of the Book
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Social History
  • Cultural History
  • Material Culture
  • Visual Culture

We are especially interested in proposals regarding the relationship between pamphleteering and popular opinion, or that discuss pamphleteering in connection with other forms of media (e.g. printed, manuscript, or oral). We would also like to hear from scholars whose research challenges conventional narratives surrounding geography, gender, and race within the culture of pamphleteering.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words, along with a 150-word biography, to The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2017.