Publication Beyond Print: a Leverhulme Doctoral Centre

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'Enquire Within' - a modern interpretation of a girdle book, by Jill Lauriston Photo: Jill Lauriston

Publication beyond Print: a Leverhulme Doctoral Centre

Five funded doctoral scholarships have been awarded at the University of Oxford  as part of a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Centre on the theme of Publication beyond Print. The Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars will begin their doctoral research in October 2018 under the guidance of individual supervisors in various Faculties. The Scholars will also take part in shared training events and seminars dedicated to interdisciplinary reflection on that theme. Two further cohorts will be admitted in 2019 and 2020.

The Leverhulme Doctoral Centre Publication beyond Print will challenge the dominance of the printed word in the study of human culture and society, by examining other media used before, alongside and after print. It will question the assumptions that self-expression, political community and intellectual progress are best served by printing. To do so, it will range across both historical media (some still in use), such as inscriptions and handwriting, and new digital media. In this way, it will ask how past methods of publication without print help us to understand future ones, and how emerging technology helps us to think about cultural history. It will bring students of communication into dialogue across differences of time, language, discipline and technology, from the humanities to social sciences.

For admission in the first cohort, the following topics have been awarded scholarships:

From pre-print to post-print: transformations in (the study of) epigraphic culture 

‘Publication’, papyri, and literary texts: process and presentation 

Latin American Poetry: Beyond the Page 

Under Pressure. Women Commissioning Manuscripts in a Time of Print 

The Vedas: the Once and Future Scriptless Texts 

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