Turning the Page: New Directions in South Asian Book History

All day
Through March 10, 2017
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar. 9

Over the past two decades, book history and print culture studies has emerged as one of the most vibrant fields of inquiry within South Asian Studies. South Asian book history has helped shape debates about the nature of the book, manuscript and print cultures, and the histories of writing and reading not only in the Indian subcontinent but also with regard to other regions and cultures.

As South Asian book history is coming of age and a younger generation of book historians is being trained at both US and Indian universities, this two-day workshop aimed to provide a forum to the new generation of Indian book historians to present their work. The workshop brought together young researchers and established scholars from the University of Chicago, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and other Indian academic institutions to share their work, assess the state of the discipline, and engage in conversation on the future tasks and challenges of South Asian book history. The long-term goal of the workshop was to launch collaborative research projects, at both interpersonal and institutional levels, in the field of book history by University of Chicago faculty and their counterparts in South Asia.


Ulrike Stark, Professor
Dept. of South Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago.

Tyler Williams, Assistant Professor
Dept. of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.

Abhijit Gupta, Professor
Dept. of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Director, Jadavpur University Press.

The event was by invitation only.