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Books and Print between Cultures, 1500-1900

Amherst College, September 18-19, 2015

Keynote speaker: Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Distinguished Professor & Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, UCLA)

Organized by Yael Rice (Amherst College, History of Art & Asian Languages and Civilizations)

This interdisciplinary symposium will investigate the role that books (codices, rolls, scrolls, and other related media), prints, and their associated technologies played in mediating and instantiating cultural difference in the early modern period. By framing the history of books and prints as meandering and material, this symposium aims to contribute new dialogues to the study of the global early modern.

The symposium will begin at 4pm on Friday, September 18, with an open house at Amherst College’s Archives & Special Collections, with Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s keynote lecture following at 5:30pm. A full day of talks (8:45 am – 5:45 pm) is scheduled for Saturday, September 19. The topics are diverse and cover early modern book / material cultures and practices from East Asia to Latin America.

For more information, including the full program and paper abstracts, please see the symposium website:

The symposium is free and open to the public; however, the organizers ask that those wishing to attend register through the symposium website.