The World of Printed Prayers 26-27 January 2023 With woodcut-like illustrations of books and woodblocks as a border

The World of Printed Prayers Conference Schedule:

Thursday, 26 January 2023 — 12:30 – 4:30 PM (GMT) 
Friday, 27 January 2023– 12:30 – 5:30 PM (GMT)

The  conference schedule can be viewed below.

The full conference programme, including abstracts and speaker bios, can be downloaded here: The World of Printed Prayers Final Conference Program.

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Day 1: Thursday, 26 January 2023

12:30 – 12:45              Welcome & Introductions

Katherine Tycz (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Galway)

12:45 – 2:35                Session 1: Print & Image I

The Printed Prayerful Timepiece in Seventeenth-Century Northern Europe               
Anneke de Bont (PhD Candidate, Cambridge)

The Evolution of the Cannon Missae and its Graphic Value
Jorge Fragua (PhD Candidate, Complutense University of Madrid & University of Antwerp)

How Late Ming Chinese Woodcut Prints Promoted Daoist Catechisms and Legends
Run Gu (Graduate Student, University of Tübingen)

Polychrome Prints for a “Perfect Beauty” The Matrix of a “Colorful” Marian Devotion in Regensburg
Fiammetta Campagnoli (PhD Candidate, Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne)

Chair: TBD

2:45 –3:00                               Coffee Break & Chat


3:00 – 4:00                              Session 2: Translations & Multilingualism

Impressions of Piety: Louis of Granada among the Recusants
Sarah Banschbach Valles (Researcher and Co-Director, Dalhousie Manuscripts Project)

Printed Catechisms in Indigenous Languages in New Spain between the 16th and 18th Centuries
Marina Garone Gravier (Researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Chair: Anne O’Connor (Professor, University of Galway)

4:00 – 4:30                              Discussion & Closing Remarks

Day 2: Friday, 27 January 2023

12:30 – 2:20                Session 3: Prescriptive Guides & Devotion

Printed Jewish Manuals for the Sick and the Dying in the Early Modern Period
Avriel Bar-Levav (Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Open University of Israel)

The Compendium Maleficarum’s “divine remedies” against Witchcraft: Prayers, Prints, a Problem of Audiences and Disappearing Chapters
Olivia Garro (PhD Student, University of Coventry)

Affective Devotion and the Power of Prayer in Sixteenth-Century Italian Miracle Collections
Joshua Rushton (PhD Candidate, University of Leeds)

Tridentine Piety and the Marketplace: Printed Catholic Prayers in 17th-century Poland
Magdalena Komorowska (Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University in Kraków)

Chair: TBD

2:20 – 2:30                              Coffee Break & Setup
2:30 – 4:00                              Keynote Address

Printed Piety: Some Problems about Talking to God in Early Modern Ireland
Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin)

Chair: Alison Forrestal (Professor, University of Galway)

4:00 – 4:15                             Break
4:15 – 5:15                             Session 4: Print & Image II

Image and Popular Piety: the Woodcuts Collection of Agustín Laborda
Juan Gomis (Professor, Catholic University of Valencia)

Printed Prayers and Images in Pilgrimage Practice: An Analysis of the Book for Pilgrims to Old Boleslav (Central Bohemia)
Veronika Poláková (PhD Candidate, National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Chair: TBD

5:15 – 5:30                             Concluding Remarks

The World of Printed Prayers conference is hosted by Dr. Katherine Tycz, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies. Dr. Tycz is based at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies and is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Religion (CSR) at the University of Galway.