Center for the Study of Books and Media
The primary purpose of this Center, established in Princeton in 2002, is to promote research and teaching in the history of books; but as its name indicates, it includes other media as well. In fact, book history, as it has now come to be known, involves a great deal more than history and books. Having developed from the convergence of many disciplines around a common core of problems, it extends to the study of textual transmission in all modes, whether printed or manuscript, visual or oral, in all times and places. A center cannot attempt to do everything, however. So the Center in Princeton concentrates on books in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the modern era. It brings together faculty from many departments in order to stimulate research, discuss work in progress, and develop courses at all levels of instruction. It also coordinates activities with similar centers both in this region and abroad, and works closely with a corresponding group of scholars at Oxford as part of the Oxford-Princeton Partnership.