The “Making Sense: handwriting and print” symposium will take place October 17-18, 2014 at Texas A&M University. The aim of the symposium is to bring together a variety of practitioners of contemporary book arts and scholars of handwriting, print, and textual production to think about the many ways that media work together, whether in cooperation or in competition for our attention. Our goal is to complicate the too-simple understanding of new media based on an idea of “replacement” by looking historically, interdisciplinarily, and cross-culturally at the many ways in which media interact. “Making Sense” will bring together six experts–including creators and designers at work in multiple media as well as scholars of paleography, graphic novels, and British, American, and Japanese literatures–to present plenary addresses. The six experts will be joined by faculty and graduate students at Texas A&M University who will describe the way their research projects engage the rich questions and methods involved in “making sense.”
“Making Sense” is sponsored by the Texas A&M University Libraries, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the Sara and John Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts, the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, and the Department of English.