Editorial Work between Manuscript and Print Culture: Books, Identities and the Medical Book Bureau in Northern Song Dynasty (CHEN Hao)
This talk will explore the interaction between the transformation of the materiality of textual knowledge and the identities of the related knowledge communities based on a study of the Medical Book Bureau in Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). The major questions of this talk will be: How did the members of the involved knowledge communities perceive and understand this transformation/co-existence of manuscript and print culture? What effects did the editorial process, as a technique to transform manuscript into print, have on their identities? Was there any difference between a book editor and a practitioner making use of the textual medical knowledge? If yes, how did these distinctions model the historical image of medical knowledge in this period?