Off Script: Global Books and Textual Technologies (SoFCB Program)

Date: 4 October 2019
Time: 12:00–6:45 p.m.
Location: Stuart A. Rose Library, Emory University
Presented 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; The Bill and Carol 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; Georgia State University Department of History

This one-day symposium in Emory University’s Woodruff Library brings innovative research in global book history to Atlanta. The event aims to foster the intellectual community of scholars working on book-related research in the Southeast, a region which, despite strong institutional holdings in a range of fields and areas, has generally been underrepresented in book history. Invited speakers will share current research and model pedagogical applications of critical bibliography in the global history of printing and the book. For further information, contact symposium co-organizers Hwisang Cho (, Nick Wilding (, or Corinna Zeltsman (

Symposium schedule:

12:00–12:15 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

12:15–1:30 p.m. Lunch talk: Caroline Wigginton, English, University of Mississippi: “Off Script and Into Place: Jonathan Carver’s 18th-Century Travel Narrative and the Indigenous Map of the Upper Mississippi River Valley”

1:30–2:00 p.m. Coffee break

2:00–3:30 p.m. Globalizing book history (panel):

• 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”

3:30–4:15 p.m. Book viewing & discussion

4:15–5:00 p.m. Coffee break

5:00–6:15 p.m. Keynote address by Daniela Bleichmar, art history, University of Southern California, “Remaking Aztecs in Print: The Reproductions of the ‘Codex Mendoza,’ 1625–1831”

6:15–6:45 p.m. Reception

See the event webpage for more details or to register.