In this talk Kristina Richardson (University of Virginia) shows how Roma and other traveling groups, who were known collectively in the Middle East as Strangers, had been blockprinting religious texts since the 900s. They printed in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Syriac scripts. As some Romani groups migrated from Ottoman territories into Bavaria and Bohemia in the 1410s, they may have carried this printing technology into the Holy Roman Empire. 

This event took place on 9 May 2024 and is part of the Warburg Director's Seminar series, which brings leading scholars and writers to the Institute to share new work and fresh perspectives on key issues in their fields.