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Join experts to learn about global book history research on Oct. 4

A one-day symposium, “Off Script: Global Books and Textual Technologies” on Friday, Oct. 4, will bring innovative research in global book history to Atlanta. The event will be held from noon until 6:45 p.m. in the Rose Library on Level 10 of the Woodruff Library at Emory University.

Attendees are asked to register online, where they also can find the full schedule. The event is free and includes lunch and coffee breaks. 

Despite strong institutional holdings in a range of fields and areas, the Southeast generally has been underrepresented in book history. The symposium aims to foster the intellectual community of scholars working on book-related research in the Southeast, with invited speakers sharing current research and model pedagogical applications of critical bibliography in the global history of printing and the book.

Speakers will include:

  • Caroline Wigginton (English), University of Mississippi: “Off Script and Into Place: Jonathan Carver’s 18thCentury Travel Narrative and the Indigenous Map of the Upper Mississippi River Valley”
  • Daniela Bleichmar (art history), University of Southern California: “Remaking Aztecs in Print: The Reproductions of the ‘Codex Mendoza,’ 1625–1831”

A panel on globalizing book history will feature:

  • John Garcia (English), Florida State University: “Subscribing to Empire: Peddling Books in Shanghai and Beyond, ca. 1881”
  • Robert Batchelor (history), Georgia Southern University: “Paper Trails: Assessing the Longue Durée of Media in Maritime East Asia and the Western Pacific”
  • Hwisang Cho (REALC), Emory University: “Disorderly Pages: Body and Books in Early Modern Korea” 

The symposium is sponsored by Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography; Hightower Fund; Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library; Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; Emory Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures; Emory Korean Studies Program; Emory East Asian Studies Program; Emory Department of English; Emory Department of Art History; Emory Department of History; and Georgia State University Department of History. 

For more information, visit the event page or contact symposium co-organizer Hwisang Cho.

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