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Exploring the Past and Future of East Asian Manuscripts
Fri, 27 May 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Join us for a public colloquium with leading experts on East Asian manuscripts and the digital age. Free with registration
“Though an Angel Should Write, Still ’tis Devils Must Print”: The Long life of Manuscript Culture in East Asia
Peter Kornicki, University of Cambridge
Manuscripts were an important part of book culture in East Asia up to the 19th century, but why was this so? Did the distinction between printed books and manuscripts matter to contemporary readers? Why were people still laboriously making copies by hand of printed books in the late 19th century? What is the relationship between these forms of book production? This lecture will focus on the age of print and show what we miss by neglecting the manuscript dimension of book culture in pre-modern East Asia.
Scribal Technologies: New Surfaces On Which to Write
Lewis Lancaster, University of California, Berkeley
With the arrival of paper production came innovations. In the 20th century, printing technology shifted to the silicon surface, invisible and requiring a host of inventions to display, preserve, and copy. Manuscripts, prints, or digital formats all require specific methods of housing, accessing, referencing, and using. With the tools of the computer, we are witnessing an era where all forms of writing are being dealt with in new ways. Past efforts to deal with the advent of new technology are potential aids to help us understand the needs of the contemporary world with digital examples.
Reception to follow.