The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania kindly invites you to the international conference “Printing Centers and Peripheries in the Early Modern Period,” which will be held on October 5-6, 2023 at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania in Vilnius in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation. The conference marks the 700th anniversary of the city of Vilnius.

The relatively high level of religious and cultural tolerance in the city allowed for a wide range of ideas and viewpoints to flourish, which encouraged the establishment of printing houses and the dissemination of books in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Located on a periphery of the European press, Vilnius was able to establish itself as a center of book printing and dissemination, influencing publishing in neighbouring countries. 

The conference will offer both in-person attendance in the Conference Room on the 5th floor and remote access via Zoom / MS Teams platforms. Links to the online broadcast can be found in the program.


The international conference “Printing Centers and Peripheries in the Early Modern Period”. II day
The international conference “Printing Centers and Peripheries in the Early Modern Period”. I day
The international conference “Printing Centers and Peripheries in the Early Modern Period”. MS Teams SESSION 1
The international conference “Printing Centers and Peripheries in the Early Modern Period”. MS Teams SESSION 2
The international conference “Printing Centers and Peripheries in the Early Modern Period”. MS Teams SESSION 3


Thursday, 5 October

8.30-9.00 Registration (Atrium, 5th floor) / Networking Coffee (Leisure area, 5th floor)
9.00-9.15 Opening of the Conference (Conference Room, 5th floor)


– Conference Room / Zoom
Jacob Baxter (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)
Collaborating and Cashing in at the Centre: Auctioning the Right to Publish in Early Modern London

– Conference Room / Zoom
Carolina Ferraro (The Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
The Madrid Publishing in the 16th-17th Centuries and the Role of Women
– Online / MS Teams
Katarzyna Pekacka-Falkowska (Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland)
The Cost and Value of a Library: Johann Philipp Breyne and His Books

– Conference Room / Zoom
Jolita Liškevičienė (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania)
Kazimieras Kristupas Klokockis and his printing house in Slutsk
– Online / MS Teams
Justyna Kiliańczyk-Zięba (Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland)
Collecting Medical Books in 16th-Century Kraków

– Conference Room / Zoom
Mindaugas Šinkūnas (The Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Poland)
Proofreading differences in Lithuanian books of the 16th and 17th centuries
– Online –
Holly K. M. Johnstone (University of Oxford, Oriel College, United Kingdom) (cancelled)
“In this way they go”: Print Culture, Race-making, and Costume in Early Modern Venice

10.55-11.25 Networking coffee (Leisure area, 5th floor)


– Conference Room / Zoom
Andrea Jelínková (Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
A Multiple Periphery: Hebrew Printing in Moravia in the Second Half of the 18th Century
– Online / MS Teams
Wojciech Kordyzon (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Spreading the Word. The Choices of Genre by the Protestant Polish-Language Book Publishers in Königsberg (1545-1575)

– Conference Room / Zoom

Barnaby Cullen (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)
Pamphlets, Placards and Papers: The Value of News Printing in the 17th-Century Baltic Sea Region
– Online MS Teams
Taisiya Leber (Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany)
Greek Printing in the Transottoman Context: The Issue of Centres and Peripheries

– Conference Room / Zoom

Jadvyga Misiūnienė (Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Lithuania)
Reformation and Book Printing in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. (1553-1656): from the book collection of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
– Online / MS Teams
Vasiliki Gerontopoulou / Maria Pazarli / Kostas Diamantis (Onassis Foundation-Onassis Library / General State Archives of Greece-Cartographic Heritage Archive, Greece)
Deciphering Rigas Velestinlis’ Charta of Greece (1796-1797) by Using Digital Humanities Approaches and 3D Visualization Tools

– Conference Room / Zoom
Speaker Rimvydas Laužikas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Applying automatic coding to past travel research
– Online / MS Teams
Simona Inserra (University of Catania, Italy)
Theutonicus, Alamanus and de Franckfordia Alamanus: Magistri Artis Impressoriae in Sicily, 1478-1500

13.05-14.30 Lunch Break


– Conference Room / Zoom

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus, Belgium)
The Plantin Press as a Knowledge Hub between Antwerp and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17th Century
– Online / MS Teams
Arthur der Weduwen (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)
Towards a Transnational History of Print and Peripheries: The USTC and Early Modern Book Production in Northern and Eastern Europe

– Conference Room / Zoom
Ieva Rusteikaitė (Vilnius University Library / Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania)
Bound in Vilnius? The Technological Aspects of Bindings of Books Printed in Second Half of the 16th-Century Vilnius
– Online / MS Teams
Bartlomiej Siek (Medical University of Gdansk, Poland)
The Early Modern Gdańsk Publishers and Their Medical Books

– Conference Room / Zoom
Sondra Rankelienė (Vilnius University Library, Lithuania)
Hidden Vilnius: background images of Vilnius [?] and architectural fragments of the city in the 17th-18th centuries press
– Online / MS Teams
Olena Zaiets (Vernadskyi National Library of Ukraine, Ukraine)
The Vilnius Printers’ Grammar books of 1574–1628 as a Factor of Cultural Development of Ukraine

– Conference Room / Zoom

Beāte Orlova (National Library of Latvia, Latvia)
The Sons of Antwerp. The 16th-century Flemish Book Trade and the Establishment of the Riga City Printer’s Office
– Online / MS Teams
Pauls Daija (National Library of Latvia, Latvia)
Johann Friedrich Steffenhagen (1744-1812): A Success Story in the History of Publishing in Courland

16.10-16.30 (Leisure area, 5th floor)

16.30-17.30 Keynote (Conference Room / Zoom)
Cristina Dondi (Oxford University, United Kingdom)
Centres and peripheries, large and small, public and private, religious and lay: the equalizing role of Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI)

19.00 Dinner (for conference speakers)

Friday, 6 October

8.30-9.00 Registration (Atrium, 5th floor) / Networking Coffee (Leisure area, 5th floor)

– Conference Room / Zoom

Sanna Raninen (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Production, Readership and Reception of Liber Cantus of 1620 in Sweden

Matas Grubliauskas (Vilnius University Library, Lithuania)
Inscriptions in Aristotle’s “Politics”: between “nota bene” and “nego”

Carmen Oanea (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Private Owners and Their Books. Reading Incunabula in 16th-Century Transylvania

Fryderyk Rozen (Independent researcher, Poland)
Incunabula Printed for the Ecclesiastical Province of Gniezno in Various European Printing Centres

10.40-11.10 Networking coffee (Leisure area, 5th floor)

– Conference Room / Zoom

Angela Škovierová (Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia)
Humanists originating from the territory of today’s Slovakia and their activities in Bohemia and Moravia in the period before the Battle of Biela Hora. Introduction to the issue, starting points, and theses of the research

Brigita Zorkienė (Vilnius University Library, Lithuania)
Mission Literature: the Jesuit Mission Network and Reflections of Knowledge Exchange in Vilnius University Library

Marianne C.E. Gillion (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Peripheral Plainchant? Musical Individuation and Exchange in Editions from Nuremberg and Riga

Nadežda Morozova (The Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Lithuania) / Aliaksandr Parshankou (Charles University, The Czech Republic)
A Copy of the Akathists by Francis Skorina at the University of Wrocław and the Fragments of His Other Publications: Recent Data

12.50-14.30 Lunch Break

– Conference Room / Zoom

Debora Di Pietro (University of Catania, Italy)
The Sicilian Ownership Archive: A Tool to Trace and Visualize Provenances in Incunabula Collections

Kaspar Kolk (University of Tartu Library / Tallinn University Academic Library, Estonia)
The Professionalization of Book Trade in 16th-Century Tallinn

Matt Ryan (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
“The kitchin at Wolfes”: Networks of Support in the Late 16th-Century Book Trade

15.45-16.10 Closing Remarks

17.00-18.00 Excursion to the museum (for conference speakers)

Other Information

Venue: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius, Gediminas Ave. 51 (online participation possible)
Conference language: English and Lithuanian (simultaneous translation). 
Duration of the presentation: 20 minutes. 
Contacts: skaitymai2023@lnb.lt

Following the conference, we intend to publish a selection of the presented papers in a peer-reviewed volume of proceedings. 

Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2023 
Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 30, 2023 
Presentation slides (if any) submission deadline: October 2, 2023 
Conference: October 5-6, 2023 
Article submission deadline: January 31, 2024

Organizing committee

Renāte Berga (University of Latvia) 
Dr. Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła (Ossoliński National Institute, Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) Provenance Working Group) 
Nijolė Klingaitė-Dasevičienė (Vilnius University Library) 
Dr. Viktorija Kurienė (Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania) 
Dr. Milda Kvizikevičiūtė (Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania) 
Dr. Dorota Sidorovicz-Mulak (Ossoliński National Institute) 
Silvija Stankevičiūtė (Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania) 
Dr. Ramunė Šmigelskytė-Stukienė (National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Lithuanian Institute of History) 
Dr. Viktorija Vaitkevičiūtė (Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania)