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How Old and New Media Influenced Each Other and Society in Iceland during the 16th and 17th Centuries

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city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 166˙156 €
 EC max contribution 166˙156 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2017-05-31


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 Project objective

The influence of a the new medium of print on the old, existing medium of handwriting has never been examined before. The printing press came already around 1530 to Iceland and the earliest printed books were strongly influenced by handwritten manuscripts, which is well documented. A phenomenon which has not yet been analysed is that, as time went on, books in return influenced manuscripts. Manuscript production did indeed not stop after 1530, but grew to new quantitative and qualitative heights, including features of printed books such as title pages. I therefore propose to conduct a study on the relationship between books and manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries. The focus will be on title pages, as they are a truly innovative feature of printed books that we also find in post-Gutenberg manuscripts. The objectives of this project concern: a) The influence of a new medium on an existing medium b) The utilisation of features of the new medium to achieve specific aims and goals c) The impact of this utilisation on society Methods to conduct the study of title pages and their sociological impact include content analysis from literary studies, quantitative codicological analysis from book and manuscript studies, and iconographic/iconologic analysis from art history. This project has ground-breaking potential. It will provide insight into the ways features of new media were incorporated into existing media and how they were utilised. It will be the first systematic survey of its kind in Iceland and, concerning the influence of printed books on post-Gutenberg manuscripts, internationally. It will also be one of the first systematic interdisciplinary studies. It will be the forerunner of a larger project about Icelandic book and manuscript history and media changes with more researchers involved. The beneficiary has perfect conditions for interdisciplinary research and career development at the host institution and secondment and will complete the first step toward a full professorship.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Silvia Hufnagel
Iceland\'s lack of printer\'s devices: Filling a functional and spacial void in printed books during the sixteenth century.
published pages: 255-264, ISSN: , DOI:
Typographorum emblemata 2019-06-14
2016 Silvia Hufnagel
Projektbericht Alt und neu: Isländische Handschriften, Bücher und die Gesellschaft des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts.
published pages: 117-138, ISSN: , DOI:
Quelle und Deutung 2019-06-14

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