Iconic Books: The Ray Smith Symposium in the Humanities at Syracuse University starts this evening with Michelle Brown's keynote address, “Images to be Read and Words to be Seen: the Iconic Role of the Early Medieval Book,” in 500 Hall of Languages at 7 p.m.
Available here is the program for the whole Symposium as well as a news release about it.
Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)