Material Texts

  • Founded
    2017
  • Seminar Number
    787

This seminar brings together from various disciplines scholars who work on the history of the book and the study of material texts in order to place the technical and bibliographical study of text objects in dialogue with cultural studies and both the textually- and the materially-oriented humanist disciplines more broadly.  Over recent decades, book history has emerged as a necessarily and productively interdisciplinary field; with this in mind, this seminar focuses on the interpretation of material textual objects from an array of disciplinary perspectives.  Our aim is to provide a clearinghouse for emerging methods and work, and a nexus for scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss and pursue shared interests in the study of the book and the material text.

The seminar meets at 5:30pm on varying days of the week, followed by an optional dinner at 7:00pm. The seminar meeting is at Faculty House or Butler Room 523; please consult the calendar for details. Dinner is at Pisticci.

Past Meetings


Chair
Professor Joseph A. Howley
jah2220@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Sierra Eckert
sce2113@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

 

Welcome

Meetings

09/20/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
“In the Cards”: The Material Textuality of Tarotological and Cartomantic Reading
Jesse Erickson, University of Delaware
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10/16/2018 Butler Library, Room 523, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Cut Brightly: Colour Intaglio Printed Illustrations 1475–1850
Ad Stijnman, Independent Scholar, Royal Historical Society in London
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11/14/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
HOWL: The True Story of the True First Edition
Brian Cassidy, Independent Scholar
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11/27/2018 Butler Library, Room 523, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Writing on Parchment/Reading Parchment: Reconstructing Historical Practices from Text and Material
Alexis Hagadorn, Columbia University
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01/29/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM

Meghan Forbes, Museum of Modern Art and New York University




02/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM

Pier Mattia Tommasino, Columbia University




03/28/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, Yale University




04/22/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM

Sierra Eckert, Columbia University