|ICDH invited as a special roundtable for 2023 AAS-in-ASIA(Association for Asian Studies)|
Traditionally held annually in different countries across Asia, the AAS-in-ASIA conference serves as a platform for scholars and researchers to gather and exchange knowledge. Unfortunately, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the conference was suspended after 2019. However, in the present year, the conference successfully took place in Daegu, Korea, under the theme of 'Memory, Preservation, and Documentation.' With over 1,200 attendees from more than 40 countries, the conference featured 270 scheduled panels, enabling fruitful discussions and scholarly interactions.
As part of the 'KNU Special Roundtable' at the 8th AAS-in-ASIA conference, ICDH was invited to present its global capacity building project, 'From Jikji to Gutenberg.' Dr. Seung-Cheol Lee, Acting Secretary General of ICDH, and Jiyoung Noh, Programme Specialist from the R&D Division, introduced the international joint research project, emphasizing the significance of recording and knowledge sharing immensely advanced by the development of printing technology. They drew attention to two UNESCO Memory of the World inscriptions, namely Jikji and the Gutenberg Bible, highlighting how the project not only conducts historical research, but also delves into scientific investigations of early printed books, inks, types, papers, and related materials. This multidisciplinary approach greatly intrigued scholars and attendees, as it aims to explore the similarities and differences between Eastern and Western printing cultures, thereby enriching the understanding of the history and evolution of printing technologies.
In addition to the presentation by ICDH, the conference also facilitated discussions on the historical significance of printing materials and the transformation of Chinese characters. Scholars examined how changes in the style of different characters have influenced the development of printing culture over time. These discussions shed light on the deep-rooted connections between language, printing, and cultural history, providing valuable insights into the intricate tapestry of Asian printing traditions.
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