[Conference] Post-war printing history: technologies, processes, products

A conference organised by the Printing Historical Society, the Centre for Print History & Culture, and the Centre for the Study of the Book

Bodleian Library, Oxford
10-11 October 2019

Tickets are now on sale from the event page on Eventbrite, where details of the final programme are also to be found. Conference registration is by ticket purchase only, at a cost of £25 per person. A limited number of free tickets are available to full-time students, for which applications are invited. If you believe you are eligible for a free ticket, please contact the Hon. Secretary.

Post-war printing history:
technologies, processes, products

This conference considers the progress of the post-1945 printing industry including the technologies, processes and products of print, and also the users and consumers of the printed word.


Day one

Dave Steel From duplicating to digital
Jim Pennington, The stencil duplicator
Gülizar Çepoglu, The break of the rigid dichotomy between text and image
Rebecca Roach, Books or mainframes? Rockefeller and Ford Foundation print policy in the post-war years
Patrick Goossens, From organ to microchip: dissimilarities in technology or from the swan song of hot metal to the hymn of ‘hot’ letterpress
Martin Andrews, Golf-ball typesetting
Erik Spiekermann, Post-digital printing
Mohamad Dakak, The complex status of current Arabic type design and usage in relation to post-war contexts
Vaibhav Singh,Technologies of transition: Intertype’s Fotosetter and filmsetting for Indian scripts.

After the talks there will be a visit to the Bodleian Rare Books Section for a ‘show-and-tell’ session with its collection of artists’ books. This will be followed by a ‘swop-shop’ of post-war printing material and ephemera.

Day two

Gong Xiaofan, Interpretation on the covers of ‘Red Books’ 1949-66 in China from the perspective of political iconology
Matthew Wills, Propaganda and paperbacks: Creating a National Socialist readership in Mao’s China
Meaghan Allen, Paper traces: Projekt journal and the distribution of Polish poster design
Wendy Stephens, Modernization or expurgation?: revision and recalibration of canonical American children’s literature
Miriam Intrator, Print and the post-war reconstruction of people
Gina Baber, A paratextual and bibliographical study of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl
Oral history project.