European Research Council 10th Anniversary & The 15cBOOKTRADE
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) and, to celebrate the occasion, the Humanities Division are featuring a different research project each day to highlight some of the different endeavours that the ERC are supporting at Oxford. On Tuesday, the 15cBOOKTRADE project, led by Cristina Dondi, was chosen to showcase ERC-funded research at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
The 15cBOOKTRADE is re-assessing the impact of the 15th-century printing revolution on European society using the thousands of surviving books as evidence, as well as unique documentary evidence to address fundamental questions relating to the introduction of printing in the West which have so far eluded scholarship, partly because of lack of evidence, partly because of the lack of effective tools to deal with existing evidence.
The ERC was founded in 2007 to support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches. In the past 10 years the ERC has funded almost 7,000 researchers and has been acknowledged in nearly 100,000 international scientific journal articles.