Lecturer in the Department of History and Associate Research Fellow at Beinecke Library at Yale University.
Looking with Intention: the Role of Materiality in East Asian Studies Research
Workshop Description: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental sensitivities that can help in research with East Asian printed materials. For this session, we will focus on three important skills: 1) identifying editions according to existing bibliographies; 2) signs in printed materials that indicate changes or alterations; 3) the importance of checking multiple copies. By the end of the session, students will have developed some of the sensitivities they need to begin thinking bibliographically.
Location: Joseph Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th St.)
Speaker Information: Devin Fitzgerald, PhD (Harvard University), is a Lecturer in the Department of History and at Beinecke Library as an Associate Research Fellow at Yale. Prior to coming to Yale, Devin was the Curator of Rare Book and the History of Printing at UCLA Library Special Collections. Devin is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography and is currently the Vice President of the Society. He actively uses over a dozen languages in his work and instruction and has taught at both the University of Virginia Rare Book School and the California Rare Book School. His research focuses on global book cultures and intercultural encounters. Some of his publications include, “The Early Modern Information Revolution,” coauthored with Ann Blair, in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, “Chinese Papers in the Early Modern World” (Ars Orientalis) and “Manchu Language Pedagogical Practices: The Connections Between Manuscript and Printed Books” (Saksaha). He is currently working on two monograph length studies. The first examines the interconnected histories of the paper codex. The second is a revision of the second half of his dissertation, which investigated the globalization of the idea of China during the early modern period.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Library, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School, APEA, and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.