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USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

Print in the Early Modern World: Integrative and Contemporary Perspectives

10am-5pm, April 30, 2010

Intellectual Commons, Doheny Memorial Library, USC

Recommended reading:
Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (second edition,
2005), especially “Afterword” to this edition and the “Conversation” with Eisenstein in
Sabrina A. Baron et al., Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L.
Eisenstein. NB: rsvp to for electronic versions of these texts.

Morning Session: Toward a Globalized History of Printing

Cynthia J. Brokaw, Brown University

“Woodblock Printing and the Spread of Book Culture in Late Imperial China.”

Round-table I: New perspectives

Lori Meeks, USC, Lindsey O’Neill, USC, Ramzi Rouighi, USC, Michael Gasper,
Occidental College.

Round-table II: The Eisenstein Legacy

Lynn Hunt, UCLA, Peter Mancall, USC, and John E. Wills, Jr., USC.

Afternoon Session: Back to the Future?

Richard Baum, UCLA

“China Today: Media Transformed and Not Quite Controlled.”

Craig Calhoun, NYU and Social Science Research Council

“The Public Sphere in the Ages of Print and Web.”

Margaret C. Jacob, UCLA

“Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of all the People of the World and the First
Global Vision of Religion.”

The Institute thanks the Mellon Foundation, the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at USC, the Center
for International Studies, and the East Asian Studies Center for support of this program.