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Arabic and Persian Printing History & Culture
Mon 6 June 2016, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
Historians generally credit Napoleon with introducing the printing press to the Arab world when he invaded Egypt in 1798. Although Napoleon did bring printing presses — and Arabic type — to Egypt, the story of Arabic and Persian printing is much older and the contribution of both to the art of printing is still very much under investigation.
This one-day symposium looks at the history of printing across both Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from block printing in the fourteenth century to twenty-first century digital type design, and includes talks on calligraphy, type and typography, printing history, newspapers, books and printed ephemera and the cultural impact of the printed word.
Professor Ali Ansari, University of St Andrews, UK
Dr Arezou Azad, University of Birmingham, UK
Emanuela Conidi, University of Reading, UK
Professor Nile Green, University College Los Angeles, USA
Borna Izadpanah, University of Reading, UK
Dr Mohsen Keiany, Birmingham City University, UK
Professor Ulrich Marzolph, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
Dr Geoffrey Roper, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Lucy Ryzova, University of Birmingham, UK
Thomas Milo, Deco-Type, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Onur Yazıcıgil, Sabancı University, Istambul, Turkey