This panel examines relationships between print culture and schemes for social, economic, and political development. When and how have fostering literacy, the reading habit, or an extensive print marketplace been linked to development programs? How have state-based aid schemes, NGOs, indigenous publishers, and international organizations like Unesco and the World Bank imagined the relationship between print culture and development? How and when has the existence of a sophisticated print marketplace been used as a marker of “levels” of development? When and how has print culture become a site of contestation between development practitioners and beneficiaries? Sponsored by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, this will be an interdisciplinary session at the Modern Language Association annual convention, to be held in Philadelphia Dec. 26-29, 2009.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Building 14N, Room 408
Cambridge, MA 02139
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