What becomes of our understanding of “-graphics” when we dislodge the prefix “typo-” from its long-dominant position and place it alongside those of “chiro-,” “xylo-,” “litho-,” “mimeo-,” “xero-,” "seri-," and other methods and technologies that have shaped the early modern and modern eras in profound ways? This conference will track the dynamic interplay between technological change and non-typographic printing in those parts of the world where typographic printing was considered ill-suited to local writing systems and script cultures, including South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Conference speakers will examine the vitality of non-typographic publishing networks from the early modern era to the present.
Building on the landmark 2017 event, Face/Interface, Before & Beyond Typography is an international conference at Stanford University that will explore the global history of reproductive text technologies and graphic communication from before and beyond the dominance of typography. The conference will take place April 24-25, 2020.