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Freeing Public Speech: On News and Information in the Francophone World Conference


Will Slauter studies the history of communication in early modern Europe (especially France) and the Atlantic World. His research focuses on a range of media, including books, newspapers, bills of mortality and administrative questionnaires, to consider how changing practices of authorship, reading, publishing and translation shape the way people understand events. He is currently writing a book called “The Atlantic World of Newspapers,” which focuses on the period of the American Revolution to explore how French-, English- and Spanish-language newspapers drew upon each other to make sense of the world, and how the movement of information changed its character. He is also working on a study of seventeenth-century bills of mortality, especially their production, distribution, and reception during the London Plague of 1665.
He teaches “Contemporary Civilization” and organizing a scholarly conference on early modern “media events” at Princeton University.


Thierry Rigogne’s research explores the links between commerce, culture, and communication in eighteenth-century France. His first book, Between State and Market: Printing and Bookselling in Eighteenth-Century France, published in 2007, explores the transformations in the production and consumption of print in France during the Enlightenment. He has also published several articles and essays on eighteenth-century French printing and bookselling in American and European scholarly journals and collections of essays.


At Fordham University, Rigogne teaches classes on French history from the early modern period and the French Revolution to the present at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. His teaching interests also include early modern European history, the Enlightenment, food history, and the history of print, media and communication.

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