Dumbarton Oaks Symposia and Colloquia

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

Batsaki, Yota
Cahalan, Sarah Burke
Tchikine, Anatole

The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century brings together international scholars to examine: the figure of the botanical explorer; links between imperial ambition and the impulse to survey, map, and collect specimens in “new” territories; and relationships among botanical knowledge, self-representation, and material culture.

Cover: Sign and Design: Script as Image in Cross-Cultural Perspective (300–1600 CE)

Sign and Design: Script as Image in Cross-Cultural Perspective (300–1600 CE)

Bedos-Rezak, Brigitte Miriam
Hamburger, Jeffrey F.

Sign and Design addresses the pictorial dimension of writing systems from cross-cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. Historians, paleographers, and anthropologists engage with pictographic, ideographic, and logographic writing systems and alphabetic scripts, examining diverse examples of cross-pollination between language and art.

Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom, by James Danckert and John D. Eastwood, from Harvard University Press

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