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Announcements, updates, and information for conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and other events that we organize.

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2020


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Print unbound: the making‌/‌unmaking of newspapers and periodicals in Asia
10 JAN 2020  •  Royal Asiatic Society, London

CONFERENCE

Newspapers have played a key role in shaping the pubic sphere, contesting power, disseminating and challenging ideologies. Often driven by a peculiar mix of idealism and commercial acumen, newspapers have been documents of the most urgent concerns of the day – constituting, famously, the first draft of history. Yet the processes behind the realisation of these most ubiquitous of printed artefacts across the world have remained largely unexplored. This conference aims to bring together fresh research perspectives on newspapers and periodicals in the many languages and scripts of Asia. We are particularly interested in the history of the wide variety of processes of making/unmaking involved in journalistic domains across South/Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East. [Read more …]

 

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2019


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CONFERENCE

Typewriters, duplicators, copiers, and a myriad other means of production and reproduction of textual/visual matter have been a vital part of print cultures across the world. The ‘agents of change’ in the global history of printing and publishing, across the twentieth century in particular, have been other processes, other mechanisms, other devices than the printing press. This conference focuses on the role of such alternative or additional means of knowledge production and dissemination – tools like stencils, mimeographs, duplicators, photocopiers, the processes of strike-on and rub-down lettering, cyclostyle, xerography, to name just a few. We invite papers that examine the global history of small-scale technologies as well as the situational or selective deployment of alternative modes of print production across the world. [Read more …]

 

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2019


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CONFERENCE

Histories of print in South & Southeast Asia often touch on technologies of production in broad, cursory ways that conform to predetermined ideas about their deployment, their function, and their impact. However, there are ample historical indications of local engagements that contradict the characterisation of the print revolution as a uniform global phenomenon – or indeed as a revolution at all. Have narratives of influence and impact obscured the many personal and material engagements that constitute the social history of print and technology in Asian contexts? Moving away from sweeping histories of printing and publishing, this conference aims to focus on the more intimate scale of materials, processes, practices, as well as on labourers, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and other individuals in the history of print in South and Southeast Asia. [Read more …]
 

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2018


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One letter at a time: index typewriters and the alphabetic interface
17 SEP – 30 OCT 2018  •  University of Reading

EXHIBITION


Drawing on a selection of non-keyboard ‘index’ typewriters, this exhibition explores how input mechanisms and alphabetic arrangements were devised and contested continually in the process of popularising typewrites as personal objects. The display particularly looks at how the letters of the alphabet have been variously comprehended, accessed, and handled, before being impressed on paper. The material on display demonstrates how this multiplicity was both occasioned by and flourished through a combination of mechanical ingenuity, conceptual reformulations, and commercial adventurism. As a set of imaginative responses to ‘mechanising’ the alphabet, index typewriters raise important questions in the key encounter (no pun intended!) between writing and technology. [Read more …]