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5th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
5th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference

From Scroll to Scrolling: Shifting cultures of language and identity 

March 9-11, 2017
Middlebury College, Vermont, USA 

Language and identity are inseparable. Changes in writing technology, on the one hand, and in power dynamics, on the other, shape communities and individual identities. This conference examines two intertwined themes: One, the impact of changes in the production and circulation of texts, over time and place, upon practices of writing, reading, and the transmission of knowledge.  Two, the way in which power imbalances affect language use, community, and identity. As writing technologies emerge, decisions are made regarding which forms of social memory will be preserved and (re)produced or forgotten and lost. Changes in technologies of writing and access to their control have profound effects on cultural survival and social change.