P21
Censorship in the dynamics of cultural exchanges in early modern times

Convenors:
Hervé Baudry (FCSH)
Location:
Sala 1.06, EdifĂ­cio I&D, Piso 1
Start time:
16 July, 2015 at 16:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel is about a technology in the early modern ideological and textual control. It debates upon the censorship corrective procedures. The panel aims to interrogate more specifically the exchanges within and outside Europe, between inquisitorial and non inquisitorial cultures.

Long abstract:

This panel is about a technology in the early modern ideological and textual control. It debates upon the censorship corrective procedures. In the framework of reception studies and communication theories, censorship as a whole is both a medium and a source of noise and perturbation of the message. It is considered as an obstacle and a positive element to its development. The phenomena about negotiation between intellectual and material producers of knowledge (works of Raz-Krakotzkin, Jostock) lead to reflect on the interactions between the actors of politics of control. These often vary due to local, chronological, political and religious circumstances. But censorship studies tend to localize the fields of investigation. The convenor of the panel, an investigator in the field of Iberian expurgative censorship, is convinced that these gaps also depend on the lacks of debating on exchanges in the field. Therefore, the panel aims to interrogate more specifically the exchanges within and outside Europe, between inquisitorial and non inquisitorial cultures. It will debate on to what extent inquisitorial know-how, mainly the use of Indexes of expurgation and other means develop what Anthony Grafton called the cultures of correction. Can the spreading and reproducing of these instruments, regularly updated and printed from 1571 until the end of the 18th Cent. be considered as a technological transfer in cultural exchanges as many of them were reproduced and used in non inquisitorial countries, as England, France and Germany? And what was their impact in these exchanges and the history of modernity?