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Politics and the Power of Print

November 30, 2012
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Chetham's Library

United Kingdom

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From the pamphleteers of the English Civil War to the library of ‘Occupy Wall Street’, the image of the book has often been a central element of political propaganda. But in what ways have cultures of books and reading shaped political action and ideologies? Or, conversely, how has politics affected the form and understanding of texts?

 We invite paper proposals relating to the theme of ‘Politics and the Power of Print’, from any historical period or geographical location, and relating to movements across the ideological spectrum. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Political publishing, distribution and retailing networks
  • The translation and editing of political texts
  • Political libraries and reading groups, both physical and digital
  • Reading and local politics
  • Censorship and the freedom of the press
  • Political journals and newspapers
  • Pamphlets, leaflets and political ephemera
  • The occupational and industrial politics of printing/publishing
  • Politics and the novel
  • The iconography of the book/printing press in political communication

The Study Day will take place at the historic Chetham’s Library, Manchester, where Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx gathered material on history and political economy in the 1840s.



Dr Catherine Armstrong and Dr Catherine Feely


Dr Catherine Feely,

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