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January 26 @ 12:30 pm - January 27 @ 5:45 pm


January 26 @ 12:30 pm
January 27 @ 5:45 pm


Virtual Conference


Dr Katherine Tycz

The World of Printed Prayers Conference Programme

26-27 January 2023


Thursday, 26 January 2023

12:30 – 12:45               Welcome & Introductions

Katherine Tycz (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Galway)

12:45 – 2:35                 Session 1: Print & Image I

The Printed Prayerful Timepiece in Seventeenth-Century Northern Europe

Anneke de Bont (PhD Candidate, Cambridge)

The Evolution of the Cannon Missae and its Graphic Value

Jorge Fragua (PhD Candidate, Complutense University of Madrid & University of Antwerp)

How Late Ming Chinese Woodcut Prints Promoted Daoist Catechisms and Legends

Run Gu (Graduate Student, University of Tübingen)

Polychrome Prints for a “Perfect Beauty” The Matrix of a “Colorful” Marian Devotion in Regensburg

Fiammetta Campagnoli (PhD Candidate, Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne)

Chair: Sarah Corrigan (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Galway)

2:45 –3:00                               Coffee Break & Chat                                               

3:00 – 4:30                               Session 2: Translations & Multilingualism

Bilingual Prayers in Jewish Broadsheets around the World: Between the Political and the Spiritual 

Hanna Gentili (Research Fellow, University of Haifa)

Impressions of Piety: Louis of Granada among the Recusants 

Sarah Banschbach Valles (Researcher and Co-Director, Dalhousie Manuscripts Project)

Printed Catechisms in Indigenous Languages in New Spain between the 16th and 18th Centuries

Marina Garone Gravier (Researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Chair: Anne O’Connor (Professor, University of Galway)

4:30 – 5:00                                Discussion & Closing Remarks


Friday, 27 January 2023

12:30 – 2:20                 Session 3: Prescriptive Guides & Devotion

Printed Jewish Manuals for the Sick and the Dying in the Early Modern Period

Avriel Bar-Levav (Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Open University of Israel)

The Compendium Maleficarum’s “divine remedies” against Witchcraft: Prayers, Prints, a Problem of Audiences and Disappearing Chapters

Olivia Garro (PhD Student, University of Coventry)

Affective Devotion and the Power of Prayer in Sixteenth-Century Italian Miracle Collections

Joshua Rushton (PhD Candidate, University of Leeds)

Tridentine Piety and the Marketplace: Printed Catholic Prayers in 17th-century Poland

Magdalena Komorowska (Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University in Kraków)

Chair: Bronagh Ann McShane (Lecturer, University of Limerick)

2:20 – 2:30                               Coffee Break & Setup

2:30 – 4:00                               Keynote Address (HRB G010)

Printed Piety: Some Problems about Talking to God in Early Modern Ireland

Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin)

Chair: Alison Forrestal (Professor, University of Galway)

The World of Printed Prayers Conference is delighted to announce that the conference’s keynote address will be in a hybrid format with a live lecture by Professor John McCafferty (UCD) taking place in Room G010 of the Hardiman Research Building at the University of Galway on 27 January 2023.

Room: HRB G010

Presenter: Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin)

Paper Title: Printed Piety: Some Problems about Talking to God in Early Modern Ireland


From its very inception in Ireland, print became caught up with questions of religious and political authority on the island. This paper will reflect on the three languages used for prayer – Irish, English and Latin – and their manifestation in the print culture of the 16th and 17th centuries.


John McCafferty is a Professor of History at University College Dublin.  His research and writings are concerned with religious change in late medieval and early modern Ireland. He is Chair of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute at UCD.

4:00 – 4:15                               Break

4:15 – 5:30                               Session 4: Print & Image II

Image and Popular Piety: the Woodcuts Collection of Agustín Laborda

Juan Gomis (Professor, Catholic University of Valencia)

Printed Prayers and Images in Pilgrimage Practice: An Analysis of the Book for Pilgrims to Old Boleslav (Central Bohemia)

Veronika Poláková (PhD Candidate, National Autonomous University of Mexico)

“Siguese vna oracion muy devota al crucifixo”: Prayer in La passion del eterno principe (Burgos, 1493?)

Isidro J. Rivera (Associate Professor, The University of Kansas)

Chair: Erin McCarthy (Senior Research Fellow, University of Galway)

 5:30 – 5:45                   Concluding Remarks


The Conference Programme including Abstracts and Speakers’ Bios is available HERE.



The World of Printed Prayers Conference Registration (January 26th – 27th, 2023)


  • Thursday, 26 January 2023 — 12:30 – 5:00 PM (GMT)
  • Friday, 27 January 2023– 12:30 – 5:45 PM (GMT)

Zoom Links for each day will be sent to all attendees a week before the conference commences.

Contact us at printedprayersproject@gmail.com with any questions.