History of the Book and Reading

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The History of the Book and Reading working group meets regularly to discuss a wide variety of topics related to reading practices, the impact of print culture on the creation and transmission of knowledge, and the materiality of the text. Sharing the belief that the field underpins the history of many different kinds of knowledge and is of potential relevance to a variety of disciplines, group members work on subjects ranging from medieval scribal culture, to the rise of lending libraries, to the evolution of reading and writing technologies. History, art, economics, media studies, pedagogy, and material sciences are just some of the fields that are represented in charting the history of books and texts.

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