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Destroyed, Removed, and Reassembled: Book Collections in the Premodern World

Friday, Feb 3, 2023 - Saturday, Feb 4, 2023
Royce 314, 10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS-CEGS Conference

“Destroyed, Removed, and Reassembled: Book Collections in the Premodern World,” organized by Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) and Devin Fitzgerald (Library Special Collections, UCLA).

Day 1 – Friday, February 3, 2023
9:15 – 9:45 am Coffee, tea, fruit, pastries
9:45 – 10:00 Welcoming Remarks
Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA), CMRS-CEGS Director
Matthew Fisher (UCLA) and
Devin Fitzgerald (UCLA), organizers
10:00 – 11:30 Catherine Sutherland (Magdalene College, Cambridge)
“The Reassembly of Mary Astell’s Personal Library within the Old Library of Magdalene College, Cambridge” – via Zoom
Matthew Fisher (UCLA)
“Making Books Old in the Cotton Library”
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:30 Gwendolyn Collaço (MIT)
“Mobile Images on a Malleable Market: 17th c. Ottoman Costume Albums Transformed and Altered” – via Zoom
Hienin Diakite and Paul Naylor (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library)
“Destruction, Creation, Relocation: Archiving Timbuktu’s Written Heritage 1862-2022”
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:15 Eyob Derillo (The British Library)
“Introduction to the Medieval Ethiopian Manuscript Collections in the British Library”
Nur Sobers-Khan (Independent Scholar)
“Provenance Research and South Asian manuscript collections: Reconstructing the Islamic Intellectual History of pre-1857 Delhi” – via Zoom
Day 2 – Saturday, February 4, 2023
9:30 am Coffee, tea, fruit, pastries
10:00 – 11:30 Bryan Keene (Riverside City College)
“Fragmentary Views of Premodern Globality: Lessons from Museum Collecting and Display Practices”
Devin Fitzgerald (UCLA)
“Assembling and Reassembling Chinese Libraries in Seventeenth-Century Century Europe”
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 am – 1:15 pm Fred Shan (University of Texas, Austin)
“Bridging the Past and the Future: Book Collecting and Scholarly Innovations in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century China”
Alex Hidalgo (Texas Christian University)
“Everyday Forms of Book Dispersal Prevention”
1:15 Close of Conference

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Friday, Feb 3, 2023
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023
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Royce 314
10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Center for Early Global Studies