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Making Publics: The Past, Present, and Future of Publication


October 24, 2014
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanites Center

Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia; the Stanford Humanities Center; the Departments of History, English, Religious Studies, Classics, and Communication; the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies; the Program in Modern Thought and Literature; the Program in History & Philosophy of Science; and the Stanford University Libraries.

How are texts, images, and messages transmitted to their audiences? How does the material form of a message influence and control its reception? How have online and digital publishers used data to respond to and shape their audiences and consumers?  “Making Publics: The Past, Present & Future of Publication” will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars for a one-day conference to explore the materiality and meanings of texts, and how they have been, are, and will be published. The conference will be aimed at developing a longue durée narrative of the relationship between media and audiences in a global context.

Invited Speakers Include:
Janice Radway, English, Northwestern University
Adrian Johns, History, University of Chicago
Arvind Rajagopal, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Daniela Bleichmar, Art History and History, University of Southern California
Jinah Kim, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Stephanie Frampton, Classics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brett Wilson, Religious Studies, Macalester College
Simran Thadani, Pocket
Scott Dougall, Google
John Sack, Highwire Press

Organized by Andrew Bricker (English, McGill) Hannah Marcus (History, Stanford)

9:00-9:10: Welcome

9:10-11.10 Panel 1: Publication and Dissemination
Jinah Kim, Harvard University
Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
Brett Wilson, Macalester College
Moderator, Kathryn Starkey, DLCL, Stanford

11.10-11:30 coffee

11:30-1.00: Panel 2: Controlling Reception
Stephanie Frampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adrian Johns, University of Chicago
Moderator: Paula Findlen, History, Stanford

1-2:30 Lunch at Stanford Humanities Center

2:30-4:00 Panel 3: Public Identities
Janice Radway, Northwestern University
Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
Moderator: Tom Mullaney, History, Stanford

4-4.30: Coffee

4:30-6:00 Round Table: The Future of Publication
Scott Dougall, Director of Product Management, Google Play
Simran Thadani, Pocket
John Sack, Founding Director, Highwire Press
Moderator: Elaine Treharne, English, Stanford