Textual Connected Histories and Global Legacies

Roger Chartier and John H. Pollack

This was a three-part series held on 8 July, 13 July, and 15 July 2020, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom.

These three online presentations presented case studies tracing early modern histories of books, texts, and reading using the lens of connected history. A new global history has brought an ever-increasing scholarly focus on exchanges, trade, colonialism, and missionization, and on the movements of peoples, ideas, and goods in and across spaces. The presentations investigated what these approaches may mean for book history.

Topics covered in the sessions included colonization and Christianization; translation, textual migration, and adaptation; the circulation of images; forms of orality in written and printed texts; authorship; and monuments.

The lectures were illustrated with primary materials from the collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the John Carter Brown Library; and other repositories.

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This series was presented live in July 2020. The session was recorded, and you are invited to watch the recording of the event below via our RBS YouTube channel.

Session 1: Wednesday, 8 July 2020. Words, Conversations, Colonization in the era of “Discovery”

Session 2: Monday, 13 July 2020. Translating: The Brief Relation of Bartolomé de Las Casas

Session 3: Wednesday, 15 July 2020. Global Cervantes


Header image: UPenn RBC 868 C33D.FO Tome 1, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.