Signs of Writing Paris Conference

The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World’s First Writing Systems III

Monday, July 25 - Wednesday, July 27

University of Chicago Center in Paris
6 Rue Thomas Mann
Paris, France 75013

The third and final international conference of the Neubauer Collegium project, Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World’s First Writing Systems will be held at the University of Chicago’s Center in Paris, July 25th-27th 2016.

The theme of the Paris conference is, broadly, script, society, and literature, within the context and process of the invention of writing. Specific topics will include scribal transmission and education, the development of literacy, the rise of literature from earlier genres and the extension of incipient writing systems to serve this purpose, the materiality and archaeological contexts of writing, as well as the relationship between writing and the non-linguistic symbolic systems that preceded it. 

Participants will include: John Baines (Oxford University); Wolfgang Behr (Univeristy of Zurich); Françoise Bottéro (CNRS Paris); Stephen Chrisomalis (Wayne State University); Jerry Cooper (Johns Hopkins University); Sylvie Donnat Beauquier (Université de Strasbourg); Jean-Jacques Glassner (CNRS Paris); Amalia Gnanadesikan (University of Maryland); Michaël Guichard (École Pratique des Hautes Études); Wouter Henkelman (École Pratique des Hautes Études); Stephen Houston (Brown University); David Lurie (Columbia University); Massimo Maiocchi (University of Chicago); Chrystelle Maréchal (CNRS/EHESS - CRLAO); Simon Martin (University of Pennsylvania); Dimitri Meeks (CNRS - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier III); Piotr Michalowski (University of Michigan); Joel Palka (University of Illinois-Chicago); Annick Payne (University of Basel); Christine Proust (CNRS - Université Paris Diderot); Claude Rilly (CNRS/Inalco - Lacan); Gonzalo Rubio (Pennsylvania State University); David Share (Haifa University); Ed Shaughnessy (University of Chicago); Richard Sproat (Google Labs); Andréas Stauder (École Pratique des Hautes Études); Matt Stolper (University of Chicago); Anna Stryjewska (University of Zurich); Olivier Venture (École Pratique des Hautes Études); Pascal Vernus (École Pratique des Hautes Études); Haicheng Wang (University of Washington); Gordon Whittaker (University of Göttingen); Maryanne Wolf (Tufts University); Christopher Woods (University of Chicago); Marc Zender (Tulane University); and Ilona Zsolnay (University of Pennsylvania)