Print Modernities: An International Conference

Country: India

City: Thrissur

Abstr. due: 15.06.2018

Dates: 30.08.18 — 01.09.18

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Cultural science;

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Organizers: Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia


Print culture is envisaged as a metaphor of transition in the era of scientific excogitations, egalitarian notions of knowledge and liberalist dimensions of individuality. Evolution of print and the subsequent transmissions of knowledge, plethora of communication systems, circulation of ideas and preservation of data are considered as the hallmarks of modernity.  In 1440s, Johannes Gutenberg, a German entrepreneur, began his experiments to create a less strenuous, less expensive, more effectual and timesaving method of replication and preservation of documents. The technology soon spread its roots all over Europe and was shipped to Asia as well as to Latin America. The emergence of print culture brought forth drastic transformations in the realms of literature, art, religion, administration, science, education, culture, modes of communication, and technology. The most significant aspect of print modernities is its radical thrust on visuality and practices of seeing.  Print technology exerted two opposite forces on the world; inflating it along with the expanding knowledge, ideas and visions and simultaneously contracting it by obliterating distances and binding people together. 

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