8th Colloquium SIERS

The Invention of News: News Pamphlets at the Crossroads of Literature and Journalism (XVI-XVIII centuries)

Trento, 21-23 September 2016

Dir. Giovanni Ciapelli and Valentina Nider (Univerità degli Studi di Trento)



The study of avvisi, news pamphlets and other related texts (festival books, ephemera) circulating in the Early Modern European landscape offers insights into the rhetorical and literary strategies in the transmission of political information. All related research areas -literary, artistic, historical, political, sociological and anthropological– are welcome at the Colloquium, as well as the analysis of documentary sources that highlight strategies of political communication as propaganda and information, especially in conflict, war and /or peace treaties. More particularly, the event will address the following topics:

The literary genre of news pamphlets as a form of representation of power will be examined, while also aiming to debate whether they can be considered useful tools to promote discussion in the Early Modern public sphere.

Reconstruction of communication networks and the various levels of audience will be studied, as well as the relationship between orality and literacy, and between manuscript and print, among other issues relevant for the history of reading.

Special attention will be paid to the reprinting and repurposing of texts and their serial production, key features of this genre in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Input from ongoing bibliographic projects related to the subject of the Colloquium, as a paper or in poster format, will be welcomed.



DEADLINE: May 1st 2015 -September 15th 2015

Decisions on papers will be sent to authors by November 15th 2015.

For papers or poster presentation, send the Registration Form to

All SIERS members are invited to participate in the 8th Colloquium.

To participate in the 8th Colloquium, members need to have paid the association membership fees.

SIERS membership application forms are available on the website (New Members) for those interested.

The 8th Colloquium will preferably accept papers in Spanish. Papers in English, French, Italian and Portuguese will also be accepted, provided that the authors agree to send a summary of at least 1,000 words in Spanish or English in advance.

The organizers of the 8th Colloquium offer three scholarships for travel, accommodation and meals for young researchers (PhD students or post-doctoral researchers who have completed their PhD Thesis within the last two years) whose papers have been accepted. Those interested in applying for these grants should send their CV along with the Registration Form to



Fernando Bouza Álvarez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Giovanni Ciappelli (Università degli Studi di Trento)

Carmen Espejo Cala (Universidad de Sevilla)

Henry Ettinghausen (University of Southampton)

Sagrario López Poza (Universidad de La Coruña)

Valentina Nider (Università degli Studi di Trento)

Marcial Rubio Árquez (Università degli Studi G. d´Annunzio, Chieti e Pescara)



Giovanni Ciappelli (Università degli Studi di Trento)

Valentina Nider (Università degli Studi di Trento)



Claudia Demattè (Università degli Studi di Trento)

Massimo Rospocher (Istituto storico italo-germanico, Trento)



Antonella Neri (Università degli Studi di Trento)







SIERS colloquia

The first Colloquium, with the title Las Relaciones de sucesos en España (1500-1750) was organised in Alcala de Henares between the 8th and 10th June 1995.

The II Seminar on News Pamphlets, La fiesta, was held in the University of Coruña, in 1998, coordinated by Professor Sagrario Lopez Poza. 

The III International Colloquium on News Pamphlets: El encuentro de civilizaciones (1500-1750): informar, celebrar, narrar, was held in the University of Cagliari (Italy), between the 5th and 8th September 2001, coordinated by Professor Giuseppina Ledda with the assistance of Gabriel Andrés, Giovanni Cara, Antonina Paba and María Dolores García Sánchez.

The IV Colloquium was held in Paris, in September 2004, coordinated by Pierre Civil, with the title Las Relaciones españolas y el mundo Mediterráneo, within the framework of the research topics of the teams of La Sorbonne Nouvelle and CNRS. 

The V International Congress: Las representaciones de la alteridad (humana, ideológica, espacial) en las relaciones de sucesos de los siglos XV-XVIII  was held in Besançón (Université de Franche-Comté) on 6th, 7th and 8th September 2007, coordinated by Professor Patrick Bégrand. The sessions focussed on bibliographical, rhetorical, crime and punishment, interculturality (otherness, the border) and ceremonial aspects.

The VI Colloquium was held in the CILENGUA (International Centre for Research into the Spanish Language) in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), between the 2nd and 4th December 2010. The general theme of the colloquium was La evolución de las relaciones de sucesos impresas y otros géneros editoriales afines en la Edad Moderna, and was directed by Pedro Cátedra and María L. López Vidriero.

The VII Colloquium was held in the University of Gerona (3-6 September 2014) with the title Las relaciones de sucesos en los cambios políticos y sociales de la Europa Moderna. It was directed by Jorge García López and Xavier Torres, with Ricard Expósito and Sònia Boadas acting as secretaries.