The Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim invites proposals for 20-minute papers (in English) for an international symposium to be held on the 400th anniversary of the death of the Jesuit missionary, Matteo Ricci (1552-1610). The principal focus will be on the history of missionary printing outside of Europe. The aim is to outline a comparative cultural typology of books printed in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in the context of Christian missions as a means of transmission of faith, knowledge, and culture. It will also analyze the process of adaptation of the press to and the beginnings of production of movable type in non-European languages in Asia and the Americas. The symposium will take place from September 24 to 26, 2010 in San Francisco. Travel funding and accommodation for scholars whose papers are selected is available. See the website for more information.
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