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Reed, Brush, Chisel: Script, Literacy, and Writing Across Central and East Asia (400–1800)

Friday, Dec 8, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 @ 5:00 PM


December 8th, 2023

Special Collections Roundtable

UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles CA, 90095

Laureate Classroom
Refreshments Served

3:00–5:00 PM
Roundtable and Discussion

Followed by Reception
South Courtyard, Luskin Center
5:15 PM (Los Angeles Time)

December 9th, 2023
8:30 – 5:00 PM (PST)
UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles CA, 90095

Event Overview

The symposium brings together leading scholars across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences in order to discuss Central and East Asia’s diverse, multiethnic, multiscriptal experience with the aim of challenging conventional ideas on writing and its relationship to culture.

The symposium will begin on the afternoon of Friday, December 8th. The first day will feature a showing of rare books and manuscripts in various scripts and languages held by UCLA Library Special Collections. This will be followed by a roundtable and discussion regarding the history of the collections, in particular its Middle East and East Asian holdings. It will be followed by a reception.

The next day, December 9th, will feature roundtable panels discussing script and literacy cultures along the land corridor stretching from Central to East Asia. The event will be open to members of the UCLA academic community as well as scholars, students, and the interested public in the Los Angeles area.

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, the keynote speech originally scheduled for December 8th has been cancelled.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies.

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Friday, Dec 8, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 @ 5:00 PM
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UCLA Department of Asian Languages & Culture