This conference will explore the material dimensions of inscribed knowledge, looking beyond printed books to also consider inscribed bodies, stones, maps, visual art and physical structures. Drawing on a diverse range of methodological approaches, the speakers will collectively address the role of material inscription in the formation, or deformation, of knowledge from roughly 1660-1850. Possible kinds of inscription to consider include graffiti, archives, manuscripts, books, drawings, maps and other objects. We will also consider the physical circuits and practices (i.e., manual, technological, social, institutional) through which such inscriptions traveled. Inscriptions is organized by Adriana Craciun at the University of California, Riverside, March 11-12, 2011.
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