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Books in Motion: Exploring Concepts of Mobility in Cross-Cultural Studies of the Book

This three day conference "Books in Motion" explores new perspectives in the study of the book and the varied inter-disciplinary approaches to studies of mobility in relation to books.
The event brings together international and regional scholars from the interconnected fields of book history, art history, literary studies, digital humanities, and cultural studies whose research explores the material dimensions, circulation, and collection of books in Middle Eastern/Islamic, African, and Asian contexts.

Two keynote lectures will be presented by professor Beatrice Gruendler (from the Free University of Berlin) and professor Lydia H. Liu (from Columbia University). Five panels will be devoted to knowledge production, travel and exchange, material transformations, aesthetics and politics, and digital remediation. As well as a roundtable on contemporary art and book culture and a poster presentation by students from AUB’s English literature program.

The conference is accompanied by an exhibition held at AUB’s Jafet library, curated in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections Department, which features manuscripts, printed books, digital projects, and examples of book art related to the conference themes.

For more information:
sm78@aub.edu.lb (Sonja Mejcher-Atassi)
ha156@aub.edu.lb (Hala Auji)
jh53@aub.edu.lb (James Hodapp)

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