The Book in Transition, the East and the West

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December 9, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Library and Information Science, European History / Studies

Keio Global Research Institute Creativity Initiative,
“The Creation of an Integrated Database for Bibliographical and Visual Analyses of Early Printing in Europe” Project presents:

The Book in Transition, the East and the West

Date: 9 December 2017 (Sat.)
Location: G-Lab (6-7th floors), East Research Building, Mita Campus, Keio University, Tokyo

Registration open until December 5 (Tue.) (Japan time).
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Paul Needham (Scheide Librarian, Princeton University)
Takahiro Sasaki (Institute of Oriental Classics, Keio University)


Historically, the introduction of a new means or material in book production has led to a change in form, use, perception and even meaning of the book. This process, however, is by no means straightforward and varies among communities.

This interdisciplinary/intercultural symposium examines the impact of shifts and developments in the production, reception, and interaction of books in the late medieval to early modern period, with a focus on the moments when typography was introduced to the Eastern and Western cultures, respectively.



10:00-10:45           Registration
10:45-10:55           Welcome and Introduction
10:55-12:35           PART I   KEYNOTES: The Book from the East and the West
12:35-13:50           Lunch Break

                           PART II  CASE STUDIES

13:50-14:40           Session 1: The Book as a Mirror of a Changing Society
14:40-15:30           Session 2: Coexistence of Manuscripts and Printed Books
15:30-15:45           Coffee Break
15:45-17:00           Session 3: Inventions and Renovations in Text and Paratext
17:00-17:10           Coffee Break
17:55-18:00           Closing Remarks


Ubaldo Iaccarino (Research Fellow, Department of Asian, African, and Mediterranean Studies, “L'Orientale” University of Napoli)
Hang Lin (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Hangzhou Normal University)
Yi-Chun Liu (Doctoral Fellow, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program TEEME, the University of Porto and Charles University in Prague)
Raphaële Mouren (Reader in History of the Book and History of Libraries, University of London; Librarian, Warburg Institute)
Ryuichiro Sato (PhD Candidate, The University of Tokyo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Doctoral Fellow)
Jacek Sozynski (L. & A. Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
Koichi Yukishima (Professor of Library and Information Science, School of Education, Waseda University)


Hands-on exhibit, Transition of Book Production

The symposium is organized by “The Creation of an Integrated Database for Bibliographical and Visual Analyses of Early Printing in Europe” Project under the Keio University Global Research Institute's Creativity Initiative and funded by Keio University's Research Grants for Global Initiative Research Projects <>.
The symposium is partly sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI Grant no. JP15K16647, Project Leader: Mayumi Ikeda), and is supported by the Research Institute for Digital Media and Content, Keio University <>.


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Mayumi Ikeda, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

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