Tom Mullaney: Hot Metal Empire: Type, Media, and Colonialism

Due to visa problems, Tom Mullaney, participant of the World Scripts Winter Academy, was unable to attend the ATypI conference in Brazil in person, and so created this film:


Tom Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University and the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (Foreword by Benedict Anderson). His current project is “Hot Metal Empire: Script, Media, and Colonialism in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East”, a history of linotype and its career in the non-Latin alphabetic world. He is also completing a two-volume history of China’s development of a nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, and computing. The Chinese project is the recipient of the 2013 Usher Prize and a three-year National Science Foundation fellowship.

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