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Autumn 2014 Conference
November 8-9, 2014

The topic of this two-day conference was broadly writing and society. Bringing together scholars specializing in Chinese, Egyptian, Mesoamerican, and Mesopotamian writing and symbolic systems, as well as linguists focusing on written language, the conference explored the contexts and processes of the invention of writing. Specific topics included scribal transmission and education, the development of literacy, the materiality and archaeological contexts of writing, and the relationship between writing and the non-linguistic symbolic systems that preceded it.

Sub-Saharan Scripts and their System of Writing: Two Centuries of Transmission
February 24, 2014

Oriental Institute, LaSalle Bank Room
The Neubauer Collegium project, Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World’s First Writing Systems presented a talk by Dr. Alex de Voogt (American Museum of Natural History, New York).

Toward a General History of Writing: Thinking with Innis and Gelb
February 21, 2014
Wieboldt Hall, Room 408
The Neubauer Collegium project, Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World’s First Writing Systems presented a talk by David B. Lurie (Columbia University).

The Re-Birth of China: The University of Chicago and the Archaeological Discovery of Ancient China
Professor Ed Shaughnessy presented at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing on September 21, 2013. Watch the video >>

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