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Histories and Futures of Reading

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Histories and Futures of Reading is an interdisciplinary lecture and colloquium series in manuscript, print, and digital cultures organized in conjunction with the Textual Studies Program's three-year plan for curricular revision and research community formation at UW.

Building on last year's events, which included hosting the annual conference of the international Society for Textual Scholarship, the Histories and Futures of Reading 2014-15 lecture series welcomes scholars to the UW whose work on reading, broadly construed, intersects with big-picture debates about the place of the humanities, innovation in graduate education, and public scholarship. Featured speakers include Jacob Soll (History, University of Southen California) in the fall, Priya Joshi (English, Temple) in the winter, and Janice Radway (Communications, Northwestern) in the spring.

Histories and Futures of Reading will also sponsor seminars throughout 2014-2015 in which UW and regional faculty and students can informally share on-going work, as well as a regional workshop in Spring 2015 on teaching with manuscript, print, and digital primary materials. These events will offer a framework for developing a graduate certificate in Textual and Digital Studies and an undergraduate minor track in Book History and Comparative Media Studies.


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Primary contact

Geoffrey Turnovsky (French & Italian)