September 18, 2015

4:00 – 5:15 pm Open House – Archives & Special Collections
Level A, Robert Frost Library, Amherst College

Join Michael Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections, for a view of highlights from the collection of early modern books and manuscripts at Amherst College.

5:30 pm Keynote Lecture
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College

Sanjay Subrahmanyam (University of California, Los Angeles), “”No want of Persian bookes of all sorts”: The Market for Books and Images in Mughal Surat (ca. 1700-1760)”

6:30 – 7:00 pm Reception

September 19, 2015

All events
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College
8:45 am Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks, Yael Rice (Amherst College)
9:15 – 11:00 am DISSEMINATION
András Kiséry (City College of New York, CUNY), Chair

Byron Hamann (The Ohio State University), “Congealed Circulation, Mediterratlantic Slavery, and the Costume Book of Christoph Weiditz”

Nir Shafir (University of California, Los Angeles), “How to Become a Successful Pamphleteer and Author in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire”

Dana Leibsohn (Smith College) & Aaron Hyman (University of California, Berkeley), “Colonial Surfaces: Prints, Loss and Latin America”

11:00 – 11:15 am Coffee break
11:15 am – 1:00 pm TRANSLATION
Brian Ogilvie (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Chair

Stephanie Porras (Tulane University), “Going viral? Maerten de Vos’s St Michael the Archangel

Dipti Khera (New York University), “Copying Contexts: Picturing Places and Histories in Udaipur Court Painting and Picart’s Atlas Historique

Hansun Hsiung (Harvard University), “Emblematic Technologies: Knowledge, Scientific and Moral, between Copperplate, Woodblock, and Ink Painting”

1:00 – 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 – 3:45 pm RETICULATION
Leyla Rouhi (Williams College), Chair

Sebouh David Aslanian (University of California, Los Angeles), “The Early Arrival of Print in Safavid Iran: Port Cities, Global History, and the Armenian Printing Press of New Julfa (1636-1650, 1686-1693)”

Lisa Brooks (Amherst College), “The Harvard Indian College and the Emergence of a Collaborative, Multilingual American Literature (1650-75)”

3:45 – 4:00 pm Coffee break
4:00 – 5:45 pm CULTIVATION
Mitch Fraas (University of Pennsylvania), Chair

Indira V. Peterson (Mount Holyoke College), “The Devanāgarī Press of Serfoji II of Tanjore: The Printed Book and Vernacular Modernity at a Colonial Indian Court”

Ayesha A. Irani (University of Massachusetts, Boston), “Islamic Bengali Literature’s Trajectory from Manuscript to Print: The Politics of Language, the Archive, and Literary Historiography”

Cynthia Brokaw (Brown University), “The Journal of Sichuan Studies, Western Learning, and Classical Studies in Late Nineteenth-Century China”