Workshop Czech broadside ballads in the international context

Brno 8 - 10 September 2022

We are pleased to invite you to the workshop Czech Broadside Ballads in the International Context, to be organized 8-10 September 2022, Brno, Czech Republic. The workshop is planned to be the final event of the five-year interdisciplinary project Czech Broadside Ballads in the Historical Collections in Brno. Together with the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, the project is jointly organized by the Moravian Library, the Moravian Museum and the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences.

As part of the project, we catalogued broadside ballads, organized an international conference (, three webinars ( and two exhibitions for the public ( The English catalogue to the exhibition can be found here (the-wide-road-to-brno_maly-soubor.pdf ( We intend to make the scholarly outcomes of the project available in four monographs, namely Fumerton, Patricia – Kosek, Pavel – Hanzelková, Marie, eds. 2022. Czech Broadside Ballads as Multimedia Text, Art, Song, and Popular Culture, c. 1600-1900. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

The workshop is conceived as a platform for sharing the outcomes of our project with scholars researching various aspects of popular culture from the early modern period to the end of 19 century.

We would be delighted if you attended the workshop as your research is focused on topics closely related to our research. The choice of topic is left to your discretion. The expected length of the paper is about 30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion. If you are interested in giving a paper, please let us know the preliminary topic of your contribution by 12 December. We prefer face-to-face presentations, but if you can not attend in person, we will try to arrange a hybrid form of the contribution. In case of a worsening pandemic situation, the workshop will be online.


The language at the workshop will be English. The invited speaker will be Prof. Patricia Fumerton, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is the founder and director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive.

The Organizers

  • prof. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D.
  • prof. PhDr. Jana Pleskalová, CSc.
  • prof. PhDr. Michaela Soleiman pour Hashemi, CSc.
  • doc. PhDr. Hana Bočková, Dr.
  • Mgr. Veronika Bromová, Ph.D. 
  • Mgr. Marie Hanzelková, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Olga Navrátilová, Ph.D.
  • PhDr. Věra Frolcová, CSc.
  • Mgr. Jiří Dufka
  • Mgr. Martin Drozda
  • PhDr. Jana Poláková, Ph.D.


Patricia Fumerton

Patricia Fumerton (invited speaker): Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California, and Director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive, She has edited nine collections of essays, and authored three monographs, most recently, The Broadside Ballad in Early Modern England: Moving Media, Tactical Publics (December 2020).

Tom Pettitt (also known to bibliographers as Thomas), is an English (now also Danish) cultural historian who has been associated with the University of Southern Denmark throughout his career, latterly as an affiliate research professor at the Cultural Sciences Institute (IKV). His research is devoted to English (and related European) vernacular traditions -- customs (carnival; charivari; folk drama), songs (including ballads), and narratives (rumour, legends; wondertales) – focussing particularly on the late-medieval and immediately post-medieval periods, but alert to their persistence, as folk traditions, more recently. Wider perspectives include their relationships with literature, theatre, and popular culture (not least cheap print), and (following the closing of the 'Gutenberg Parenthesis') affinities with digital and internet culture.

Jeroen Salman ( is a senior researcher at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. His main research interests include early modern book history, popular culture, and the history of science. In 2014 he published a monograph about the itinerant book trade entitled Pedlars and the popular press. Itinerant distribution networks in England and the Netherlands (1600-1850) (2014). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Milan and held fellowships from the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies and the John Ryland Research Institute in Manchester. From 2016-2018 he led the project ‘The European dimensions of popular print culture’ (EDPOP) that aimed to facilitate and stimulate innovative research on European popular print culture. He recently co-edited the book Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures. Popular Print in Europe (1450–1900) (2019). Dr Salman is an affiliated member of the Utrecht Centre for Digital Humanities, a member of the ‘Descartes Centre’ and co-editor of a Dutch historical book series (BGNB).

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Siv Gøril Brandtzæg is an associate professor of comparative literature at the Dept. of Language and Literature at the University of Trondheim (NTNU). She leads the project Norwegian skilling ballads, 1550–1950: Recovering a cultural heritage; she has edited two books on skilling ballads, and authored numerous articles on Norwegian and Scandinavian ballads, and on British eighteenth-century popular fiction and media. She is currently writing a book on natural disasters in Norwegian ballads, to be published in 2023.

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Matthew Laube is Assistant Professor of Music at Baylor University. Between 2014 and 2022, he held postdoctoral positions at The British Library, the University of Cambridge, the Université libre de Bruxelles, and Birkbeck, University of London. His research focuses on the place of music – and sound more generally – in the religious and political upheavals of northern Europe 1450–1650. Matthew is currently working on two projects. He is writing a monograph on music and social identity in Reformation Heidelberg, and is researching the intersections of Reformation church music and sensory history with cultures of violence, war and social unrest during the Dutch Revolt. Since 2018, he has been Assistant Editor and Reviews Editor of the journal Early Music History.

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