Agents of Contact -- Symposium on Sept 25 at CCNY

The symposium, focused on the history of the book in the early modern period, will feature 11 papers by art historians, historians, and literary scholars. Each will address the central question of the event: how did the medium shape the understanding of other cultures in the early modern period? More about the theme here:

Papers will be pre-circulated. Participants will give short, 10-15-minute presentations based on their papers (as a reminder, and for the benefit of those who have not had a chance to read...); this will be followed by extended discussion. If you would like to join us, and would like to receive a copy of the papers, please (If you have questions about the event, please email

Agents of Contact is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School (University of Virginia), by the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts at CCNY, by the Division of Humanities and Arts of CCNY, by the CCNY English Department, and by a PSC-CUNY Enhanced Award. It is coordinated with a similar event organized by Yael Rice at Amherst College, on September 19th: