The University of Iowa’s 2016-2017 Mellon-Sawyer Seminar—Cultural and Textual Exchanges: The Manuscript Across Premodern Eurasia—commenced on Friday, September 9th. The seminar is an interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to mapping cultural exchanges across Eurasia from roughly 400 CE to 1450 CE. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the year-long event focuses on the development, distribution, and sharing of manuscript technologies in the pre-print era, promising to rethink media and cultural change in a globalized context. It is co-hosted by Paul Dilley (Classics/Religious Studies), Katherine Tachau (History/UICB), and Timothy Barrett (UICB).
This seminar will bring some of the world’s best-known scholars in the history of the book—who have specialized, up-to-the-minute familiarity with the various manuscript cultures of pre-modern Eurasia—to the University of Iowa campus to share their expertise in public lectures as well as in seminar meetings.
More information about this seminar and a list of public lectures can be found at: http://eurasianmss.lib.uiowa.edu/