Early Modern Literacies Network




About us

Welcome! We are an international network of academics and researchers working on ‘literacies’ in the early modern period, intended in the broadest sense. Our interests include literacy as commonly understood (i.e. the ability to read or write), but also numeracy, language learning, teaching and translation, and any other forms of functional, professional and cultural literacy.

Besides historians, we warmly welcome scholars from any other field, including for example sociologists, linguists, and experts of speech and communication. Equally, historians of other periods, or with an even tangential interest in literacies, are welcome to join. Our main aim is fostering international and interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers at different stages of their careers, and furthering the study of historical literacy.

This network is strictly not-for-profit, and coordinated by academics on a voluntary basis.

Our network originates from the Signs of Literacy initiative. Please see the relevant tab for further information.





Home: Gerard ter Borch the Younger, Curiosity (c. 1660) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gerard_ter_Borch_(II)_-_Curiosity_-_WGA22128.jpg

Who we are: Gerrit Dou, An Evening School (c. 1655-7) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:An_Evening_School_MET_DP101529.jpg

Signs of Literacy initiative: EXTRACT HCA 13129 P1110007 130812 http://www.marinelives.org/wiki/File:EXTRACT_HCA_13129_P1110007_130812.JPG

News and events: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading (c. 1770) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fragonard,_The_Reader.jpg

Blog: Gerrit Dou, Geleerde die zijn pen snijdt (1633) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gerrit_Dou_-_Scholar_sharpening_a_quill_pen.jpg

Contacts and join the network: Marinus van Reymersvaele, The Moneychanger and His Wife (1539) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marinus_Claesz._van_Reymerswaele_001.jpg





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