Japanese Printed Calligraphy and Postwar Avant-Garde

External online event - Stanford University

Monday 22 June, 2020 - Sunday 28 June, 2020
12:00am BST

Before and Beyond Typography E-CONFERENCE by Stanford University


Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

About the event

Exploring the global history of reproductive text technologies and graphic communication before and beyond the dominance of typography.

Building on the landmark 2017 event, Face/Interface, Before & Beyond Typography is an e-conference that will explore the global history of reproductive text technologies and graphic communication from before and beyond the dominance of typography. The conference will take place Summer 2020, beginning June 8, 2020.


What becomes of our understanding of “-graphics” when we dislodge the prefix “typo-” from its long-dominant position and place it alongside those of “chiro-,” “xylo-,” “litho-,” “mimeo-,” “xero-,” “seri-,” and other methods and technologies that have shaped the early modern and modern eras in profound ways? This conference will track the dynamic interplay between technological change and non-typographic printing in those parts of the world where typographic printing was considered ill-suited to local writing systems and script cultures, including South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Conference speakers will examine the vitality of non-typographic publishing networks from the early modern era to the present.


Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)

Andrew Amstutz (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

Weekly presentation videos (deleted after ~7 days)

Presentation videos will be sent out to registered attendees on a weekly basis via an “unlisted” Youtube video. All Q&A will be conducted in the comments field. Please do NOT circulate video links. Instead, encourage anyone interested in attending the e-conference to register here on Eventbrite. Presentation videos will be deleted ~7 days after they are posted.


The conference is free, open to the public, and REQUIRES registration.

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