Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge

Event date: 
June 6, 2018 - 4:30pm to June 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

We invite you to visit the conference's website at: https://learningbythebook.princeton.edu/

Often overlooked, handbooks, protocols and manuals are key tools in the making and sharing of knowledge. Across scholarly studies, artisanal workshops, religious schools, and biomedical laboratories, instructional and reference texts codify the knowledge of a working community, with an eye to communicating what a new practitioner needs to know. Across the globe, manuals and handbooks have also played a key role in bringing local knowledge to far-flung readers.

“Leaning by the Book: Manuals in the History of Knowledge”, hosted at Princeton University on June 6-10, 2018, is an international conference which will feature senior scholars and graduate students working on the role of manuals and handbooks in knowledge transmission, from antiquity to the present, in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The conference will bring together three vibrant fields—history of books and media, science and technology studies, and history of knowledge—to consider (in simplest terms) how practices relate to text, and how bodies of technical knowledge are shaped and maintained over time.

This conference is sponsored by: Princeton University’s Center for Collaborative History, International Fund, and David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council; and the German Historical Institute.

Jennifer Loessy
Area of Interest: 
Book History