Texts and Places

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TEXTS and PLACES:  A Workshop

Sponsored by the Center for Urban and Global Studies
Trinity College
October 9-10, 2010
The invention of writing, and later of printing, turned texts into objects that could travel as far as people. And like people, texts talk about where they're from. As digital media unmoor texts from the material realm, physical texts began to seem more closely tied to physical places. This workshop takes our new situation as an opportunity to explore texts' creative relationships with places: places where texts are made; places that are imagined or brought into being by texts; places that texts connect to and locate in the world. 

Saturday Evening

 4:00 - 4:30 pm
 Registration – Center for Urban and Global Studies, 70 Vernon Street
 4:30 pm
 Welcome – Center for Urban and Global Studies
 4:45 - 5:45 pm
 Keynote – Center for Urban and Global Studies “Citation and Situation”
John Kelly, University of Chicago
 6:00 - 7:00 pm

 Keynote – Center for Urban and Global Studies
“Was there a Reading Revolution in the New American Republic?”
Robert Gross, University of Connecticut

 7:00 - 9:00 pm  Reception and Dinner – Smith House Lobby, 123 Vernon Street


8:00-8:30am:          Breakfast – Smith House
8:45-10:00am:         Panel 1 - Reese Room
Communities in the Age of their Mechanical Reproduction
“Echoes of the Street in a Tamil Newspaper”
          Francis Cody, University of Toronto 

“A Language Community of Non-Readers:  Textual Circulation and Publics in Kurdish Turkey”
Kelda Jamison, University of Chicago

Respondent:          Lisa Gitelman, New York University
10:15-11:15am:       Keynote – Reese Room
                                      “Texts and Emotional Communities in Early China”
                                      Mark Edward Lewis, Stanford University
11:30-12:45pm:       Panel 2 – Reese Room
Creating Historical Space through Text Use
All the World is a Book:  Italian Renaissance Printing in a Global Perspective”
          Dario Del Puppo, Trinity College
“Print Culture in Utopia: William Morris's News from Nowhere."
          Jenifer Gundry, Drew University

“Looking at the Pictures in Books:  Images of Places”
          Alden Gordon, Trinity College
Respondent:          Jonathan Elukin, Trinity College
12:45-2:00pm:         Lunch
2:15-3:30pm:          Panel 3 – Reese Room
Creating Political Space through Text Use:  Printed Publics and Antipublics
“A Lost Public Sphere:  Salons and Women’s Letters in 18th Century Germany”
Julia Goesser, Trinity College
“New York Scissors: Abolitionists Make Databases from the City's Media”
Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University
“New Books, New Lives:  Jewish Immigrant Women, Reading, and Identity”
          Barbara Sicherman, Trinity College
Respondent:          Christopher Hager, Trinity College
3:45-5:00pm:          Panel 4 – Reese Room
Creating Otherwordly Space through Text Use
“Place and Belonging in American Maritime Literature”
          Bryan Sinche, University of Hartford
“From Heart to Heart: The Replacement of Place with Text in the Sufi Pedagogy of Khwaja Mir Dard”
Homayra Ziad, Trinity College
“The Imagined Geography of Funeral Cloths: The Textile as Text in Northern Laos”
Ellison Findly, Trinity College
Respondent:           Seth Sanders, Trinity College

5:15-6:15pm:          Closing Roundtable – Reese Room
Moderator:            Jonathan Rose, Drew University
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