American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 1
In our discussion, that will bring together both AHA and MLA members, we will debate how bibliographical methods and hands-on material approaches to printed media can help historians, literary scholars, librarians, and curators engaged in book history, digital humanities, and media research study the movement of cultural representations and stereotypes across and beyond political borders. Using these media forms as agents of cultural contact, mediators, and expressions of identity from Europe, the Americas, and Southeast Asia, we hope to deepen our understanding of how printed textual objects and visual mediums both strengthened and contested political, legal, and social power through the mobilization of cultural objects.
Special note: This formal AHA panel constitutes the first half of a joint interdisciplinary experiment between AHA & MLA members who are fellows and affiliates of the newly formed Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. The second half will be an interactive forum submitted to the MLA called “Teaching with Material Texts” where scholars will demonstrate classroom lessons and/or assignments that interrogate material-textual objects using those same objects physically at hand. Paper presentations will be shorter in the formal AHA panel to maximize discussion time with the audience.