This first general EDPOP conference aims to bring together European specialists in the field of popular print. This conference is one of the activities of the international network ‘European Dimensions of Popular Print Culture’, financed by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).
Although popular print culture has been studied intensively since the 1960’s, this was done mainly with a regional or national focus, based on the assumption that popular print in the vernacular had a limited geographical reach. Recent research has revealed however, that popular print culture had strong European characteristics and an often transnational infrastructure. In order to answer the question how European popular print culture was in the period 1450-1900, we have to discuss different starting points, approaches and methodologies. In this conference we will explore comparative and intermedial approaches, long-term publication histories of genres and titles, the benefits of databases and digital tools, the accessibility of collections, the reconstruction of production and distribution networks and the transnational dimensions of texts and images.