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Publics and Crowds Revisited: On the Role of Print Capitalism in South Indian Politics

Publics and Crowds Revisited: On the Role of Print Capitalism in South Indian Politics
91 Charles Street West, Vic Chapel (VC213)
Time: Mar 5th, 4:15 pm End: Mar 5th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Information, Faculty of, Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, Anthropology (UTM), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Lecture by Frances Cody, University of Toronto

Toronto Centre for the Book Lecture Series

The Toronto Centre for the Book is the lecture series of the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, based at Massey College.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's lectures, starting with our keynote by Adrian Johns on 3 October 2013. All are welcome. This talk is the second annual J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture, and we will be hosting a wine and cheese reception after the talk.

Program for 2013-14:

J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture
Thursday 3 October 2013, 4:15 p.m.
Faculty of Information, 140 St. George Street, Bissell Building, Room 728
Adrian Johns (University of Chicago)
"The Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution"
In Association with the iSchool

Thursday, 7 November 2013, 4:15 p.m.
Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Matt Cohen (University of Texas at Austin)
"A Brief History of Books in Indigenous North America"
In Association with the Centre for the Study of the United States

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place
Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)
"Re-collection's Intranquility"
In Association with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the Faculty of Law

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Victoria College, 91 Charles Street West, Vic Chapel (VC213)

Francis Cody (University of Toronto)
Publics and Crowds Revisited: On the Role of Print Capitalism in South Indian Politics

In Association with the Friends of the Victoria University Library

Historical and ethnographic research on the role of newspapers in the formation of the public sphere reveals that some concept of publicity is foundational for a number of theories of self-determination, but that the subject of publicity is irrevocably enmeshed in the very technological, linguistic, and conceptual means of its own self-production. Research on newspapers and publics is valuable because it has focused on this paradox of mediation at the center of modern political life. Whereas classical theories of the public sphere had sought to distinguish a rational reading public from what Habermas once termed “pressure from the street,” recent work on the politics of the crowd and that of the reading public reveals a closer relationship. Drawing on some examples from the history of print capitalism in southern India, this presentation has two aims: 
1) To develop a framework for understanding how newspapers and newspaper discourse circulate in different ways to produce classed and gendered subjects of mass mediated publicity, and 
2) To come to theoretical terms with a public sphere where physical force is deeply intertwined with the printed word.

Download flyer for Cody lecture [pdf]

Each TCB talk will be followed by a small reception. All are welcome. We very much hope to see you again in the year ahead.

The Collaborative Program in Book History & Print Culture now has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BookHistoryandPrintCulture. FB users are very welcome to "like" the page as a handy way of receiving future announcements about both BHPC and TCB.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact Gillian Northgrave at book.history@utoronto.ca


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