Writing that Shapes the World

Writing has been part of human history for 5,000 years, give or take a few hundred. It developed independently in more than one part of the globe which speaks to its fundamental quality as a truly human capability. And it has shaped cultures, thought processes, knowledge, and how all of these get transmitted from one person, one generation, one era to the next. Writing in a very real sense is reflexive of, and instrumental in the continuance of culture.

Literate societies produce writings of a multitude of types. Ranging from shopping lists to philosophical tracts, from love letters to bills of rights, from poetry to news reports, computer code to hieroglyphics, and everything in between, the written word can be banal or profound. Throughout these 5,000 years, words of import and historical moments have often converged to create writing that shaped the world. This research stream aims to analyze and discuss such writing and its implication on history, culture and society.

We invite ideas, thoughts and contributions from a wide range of independent researchers, writers, researchers and scholars, readers, anthropologists, linguists, historians, philosophers, librarians, behaviorists, and so on. Essentially anyone with an interest in and a love for the way writing has shaped the world is welcome.