CONF Programme announcement | Beyond the printing press: alternative means of production in the global history of print

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June 26, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Business History / Studies
Programme announcement for the conference

Beyond the printing press: alternative means of production in the global history of print

An international conference to be held at the Royal Asiatic Society, London 
26 June 2019
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Keynote speakers:

ANINDITA GHOSH (University of Manchester)
Print? What print? The many ways of reading, listening, singing, and (re)producing printed text in an age of print

YAIR WALLACH (SOAS, University of London)
Metal, ceramic, stone: a textual landscape in crisis in Ottoman and British-ruled Jerusalem


All speakers:

MARK BALMFORTH (Columbia University)
Palm-leaf methods at the inception of Print: Tamil reading practices at the American Ceylon Mission

PAUL BEVAN (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford | SOAS, London)
The cloth banknote of the Sichuan-Shaanxi Soviet Government Workers and Farmers Bank

CHARLOTTE BISZEWSKI (Eugeniusz Geppert Academy, Wrocław)
Mechanics of change: resistance, printed ephemera, and ‘alternative futures’

(TBC) RICARDA BROSCH (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
The ‘Typographia Sinica’: a key to the Berlin Clavis?

(TBC) RIGZIN CHODON (Ladakh Arts and Media Organization, Leh)
Early twentieth century missionary newspapers in Ladakh and Kyelang

JAMES A. FLATH (Western University, Canada)
The New Year woodblock print as an alternative to lithography in modern China

CAMILLO FORMIGATTI (Bodleian Library, Oxford)
Sanskrit manuscripts, lithographs, and incunabula: notes on print terminology and layout

(TBC) ZAHRA SHAH (Government College University, Lahore)
Typography in a world of lithography: print industries in nineteenth- century north India

DEBORAH SOLOMON (Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio)
Gariban print technology in colonial Korea

VAIBHAV SINGH (University of Reading)
The elusive writing machine: typewriters in India and the new age of manuscript production

MEI XIN WANG (British Museum, London)
Tracing the origins of Chinese printing

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For the full list of speakers and abstracts of the talks, please see:

To attend the conference, registration (£20) in advance is required. Refreshments will be served during the conference.


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