UT Dallas Center for Values in Medicine, Science, & Technology - Early Announcement
The Texas A&M Department of English and University Libraries are joining to host the “Making Sense: handwriting and print” symposium on October 17-18, 2014. The aim of this symposium, which is free and open to the public, is to bring together a variety of creators and scholars to think about the many ways that media work together, whether in cooperation or in competition for our attention. Our goal is to complicate the too-simple understanding of new media based on an idea of “replacement” by looking historically, interdisciplinarily, and cross-culturally at the many ways in which media interact. Full information about the symposium can be found at our website, makingsensewriting.wordpress.com .
“Making Sense” will bring together six experts – including practitioners of contemporary book arts and scholars of handwriting, print, and textual production with expertise in paleography, graphic novels, and British, American, and Japanese literatures – to present plenary addresses:
John Bidwell, Morgan Library & Museum, “Script in the Illustrated Books of Henri Matisse”
Vera Camden, Kent State and Case Western Reserve Universities, “’Lines of Transmission’: Alison Bechdel’s Autographics”
Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University, “Cut-and-Paste Pedagogy: Hand, Scissor, Pen, Scrapbook”
Keith Vincent, Boston University, “How a Hundred-Year-Old Manuscript Became a Best Seller: Some Thoughts on Natsume Soseki’s Botchan and Japanese Media History”
Julian Waters, Waters Lettering, “Typefaces and the Influence of the Pen: The Work of Gudrun and Hermann Zapf”
Heather Wolfe, Folger Shakespeare Library, “Tangled Texts in Early Modern England”
These six experts will be joined by faculty and graduate students at Texas A&M University who will describe the way their research projects engage the rich questions and methods involved in “making sense.” In addition, the symposium will begin with a hands-on workshop to allow participants to experience historical processes which were part of handpress-period bookmaking. Those who wish to participate will be able to set and correct type, print sheets on a historically-accurate English common press, and participate in a demonstration of typecasting.
“Making Sense” is sponsored by the Texas A&M University Libraries; the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research; the Sara and John Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts; the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture; and the Department of English.
Attendance at the “Making Sense” symposium is free and open to any who wish to participate. Registration forms, a complete schedule of events, and additional information can be found on the symposium’s website: http://makingsensewriting.wordpress.com/
For more information, contact the symposium’s co-organizers, Margaret Ezell and Mary Ann O’Farrell of the English Department or Todd Samuelson at Cushing Memorial Library:979.845.1951 email@example.com .