Past Conference: RSA 2023 San Juan

Last week, we attended the Renaissance Society of America Conference with a EURONEWS panel. This year, the conference was held in San Juan, Porto Rico, which certainly required an update of my wardrobe of conference gear compared to last year Dublin’s-based edition.

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There were many interesting DH panels among which the open meeting of the Digital and Electronic Media community. As you can see above, I have also been spotted here in my new beige blazer, with my supervisor Prof. Dooley right next to me.

The EURONEWS panel itself was on the morning of the conference’s last day. For those interested, I have reproduced my abstract in full here below:

The separation of the news genre from that of history in the sixteenth century brought a new awareness of time. The manuscript newsletters that arrived with weekly intervals, bearing news from different places, gave the present a more distinctive character. Already in early modern times, there was understood to be a relation between the genres of history and news. In the historiography, historical awareness is not understood to be perennial, but only to have come into existence around the sixteenth century, roughly around the same time that the manuscript newsletter was introduced. The development of this historical awareness is generally considered to go hand in hand with a shift from a worldview based on ‘universal’ Christian values to one based on particular moments in time. This paper will explore this tension between universals and particulars with relation to the sixteenth-century manuscript newsletter (also called avviso). Attention will be paid to, among other aspects, the republic of Genoa, which received ample attention in the news during the civil war of 1575-76. The Republic’s citizens are during this time represented in the news as being divided between two particular constitutional moments in the city’s history, namely the years 1528 and 1547.

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