Turning to the central folios (70v-71r) of Cambridge, University Library, Ff.6.33, we find a reddish-brown discolouration, rectangular in size, which seems to have bled through the material, faded but still visible on one bifolium (see Fig 1). The mark resists immediate classification as a spillage or other such accidental damage and thus raises the question of how we might interpret such markings. Has the manuscript been used to store an item flat? Is it a mark left by a historical binding? Continue reading
The Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop is a forum for the discussion of medieval script and scribal practices, and the presentation, circulation and reception of texts in their manuscript contexts. Each workshop focuses upon a particular issue, usually explored through one or more informal presentations and general discussion. All are welcome.
Friday 4 May 2018 ‘Translating Bernhard Bischoff’
Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Bernhard Bischoff’s Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, first published in 1979 and translated into English by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín and David Ganz in 1990, remains the principal introduction to the history of script and the cultural history of book production, especially for the period before 1200. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín’s reflections upon the challenges involved in making the translation will also provide an opportunity for discussion of the continued importance of this book in the teaching and study of ‘Latin’ manuscripts (i.e. those written in the Roman alphabet).
Friday 11 May 2018 ‘The Early Manuscript Catalogues of Cambridge University Library’
Dr James Freeman (Cambridge University Library)
This workshop will provide an introduction to the catalogues of the University Library that survive from between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, and their evidence for the acquisition and organization of the Library’s medieval manuscripts.
Friday 18 May 2018 ‘On paper and its use in Medieval England’
Dr Orietta da Rold (Faculty of English)
Friday 25 May 2018 Round-table on the collation formula
Including the variety of ways that it has been applied and the issues they raise, and other diagrammatic visualizations of manuscript structure including those made possible by digital media. With contributions from Professor Richard Beadle (St John’s College, Cambridge), Professor Rodney Thomson (University of Hobart), Dr James Freeman (CUL) and Dr Anna Dorofeeva (post-doctoral research fellow, University College Dublin)
All meetings take place 2-4pm in the Milstein Seminar Room, Cambridge University Library.
Convenors: Teresa Webber, Orietta Da Rold, Suzanne Paul, Sean Curran and David Ganz. For further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 4 December, Milstein Room, Cambridge University Library
Henry Bradshaw was elected University Librarian in March 1867. In his nineteen years in office before his untimely death in 1886 at the age of fifty-five, he transformed Cambridge University Library’s collections and, through his important contributions to scholarship, laid the foundations for modern codicological and bibliographical methods. Above all, he is remembered for giving freely of his knowledge and time to others. This conference celebrates 150 years since Bradshaw’s appointment as University Librarian and the illuminating ‘particles of light’ that his scholarship shone on the study of manuscripts and early printed books.
Speakers: David McKitterick, Arnold Hunt, Peter Jones, Richard Beadle, Lotte Hellinga, Paul Russell, Nicolas Bell
Book tickets online at https://specialcollections.blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=15426
(booking closes 22 Nov)
When asked about the role of note-taking in his compositional practice in 1839 edition of The Knickerbocker Magazine, a young Charles Dickens asserted:
I never commit thoughts to paper until I am obliged to write, being better able to keep them in regular order on different shelves of my brain, ready ticketed and labelled to be brought out when I want them.
In this case, the mythology doesn’t seem to stack up to the material. Examining the handwritten culture at the heart of Charles Dickens’s compositional practice pulls the researcher in many directions. In what material evidence we have remaining, we do not find ‘regular order’, the ‘ready ticketed and labelled’ shelving system of the brain, artfully and systematically laid bare on paper. Oftentimes, rather than fullness, one finds fragments, rather than surety, one finds scribbles. Continue reading
Palaeography East-West (23 May 2017) ‘Palaeography East-West’ will take place on Tuesday 23 May 2017 in Room 8&9 of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
9.45 Paul Russell, Introduction
10.00 Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (ASNC) and Michael Rand (AMES), ‘Manuscripts between languages: a global perspective’
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Tessa Webber (History), ‘Palaeographical analysis and digital humanities: the DigiPal framework and the challenge of cursive handwriting’
11.45 Anne McLaughlin (Parker Library), ‘The Parker Library for students’
12.15 Myriah Williams (ASNC), ‘Black Book of Carmarthen (Aberystwyth, NLW, Peniarth 1), fol. 40v’
1.45 Paul Russell (ASNC), ‘Welsh scribbles in the UL’
2.15 Jonathan Wright (ASNC), ‘Defining the parameters of an inconsistent hand from Iceland, c. 1300’
2.45 Laura Moretti (AMES), ‘The cursive hand in early-modern Japanese woodblock-printed books’
If you wish to attend the event we would be grateful if you could fill in the following form by Monday 22 May 2017:
For further information, please contact Dr Laura Moretti: email@example.com
The Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop is a forum for informal discussion on medieval script and scribal practices, and on the presentation, circulation and reception of texts in their manuscript contexts. Each workshop focuses upon a particular issue, usually explored through one or more informal presentations and general discussion. All are welcome.
Friday 28 April 2017, 2-4pm, Faculty of English (West Road), Room SR24
Analyzing scribal technique: the perspective of a practitioner
An informal workshop on scribal techniques in the writing of the formal book-script, littera textualis, in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, led by the scribe, Paul Antonio, focusing upon examples from the composite music manuscript, the Montpellier Codex (Montpellier, Bibliothèque de Médecine, H 196).
Friday 5 May 2017, 2-4pm Faculty of English (West Road), Room SR24
Late-medieval manuscript dissemination
Dr Phil Knox (Trinity College, Cambridge; Faculty of English) ‘Tracking manuscripts of the Roman de la rose in late-medieval Britain: approaches and problems’
Friday 12 May 2017, 2-4 pm Cambridge University Library (Milstein Seminar Room), 2-4pm
Analyzing parchment and binding structures: the perspective of a conservator
An informal workshop on parchment and binding structures of medieval manuscripts in the University Library, led by Edward Cheese, informed by his observations while working on these manuscripts as a conservator.
Convenors: Teresa Webber, Orietta Da Rold, Suzanne Paul, Sean Curran and David Ganz
For further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Mar 2017, 17:30 to 28 Mar 2017, 19:00
Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Ralph Hanna III (Emeritus Fellow, Keble College, Oxford)
Cambridge, University Library, MS. Dd.1.17
Professor Hanna will discuss the medieval and post-medieval history of this compendious collection of Latin and Middle English historical writing and other literature.
Further details: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/event/7273
Dr Alexander Knopf (Visiting German Scholar, DAAD–University of Cambridge Research Hub)
28 February 2017, 4-6pm, RFB 331
MML Faculty Building, Cambridge
Literary texts are not simply objects available for the purposes of a literary scholar. They are, particularly when the writing was passed down to us in form of manuscripts, the result of an editorial procedure and, therefore, an interpretative practice. Hence, a literary specialist who solely deals with prints that are edited may only interpret a text that has already been an object of interpretation.
The workshop ‘Materiality in German studies’ offers an introduction for those interested in getting more familiar with German manuscript culture. It seeks to introduce lecturers, researchers and graduate students to editorial philology. This will include an exploration of exemplary manuscript material, sourced from authors like Hölderlin, Novalis or Kafka, which is famous for its publishing history. The workshop will provide you with key skills in critical editing by analysing the material basis of texts, the relevance of paper, ink, and watermarks. You will be exposed to Deutsche Kurrent, a non-Latin script which was in use until the beginning of the 20th century, and you will learn to read it. Additionally, material for further study or teaching will be provided. The second part of the workshop will leave room for discussion on how to create impact-related teaching material for a given project (such as the ‘Transcribe Schnitzler’ website), in conjunction with palaeographic skills.
The workshop is particularly tailored for postgraduate students and academic staff in the School of Humanities & Arts and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Reading comprehension skills in German are required. The number of participants is limited to 15. For registration, please contact email@example.com by 26th February 2017.
Layers of Parchment, Layers of Time: Reconstructing Manuscripts 800 – 1600, is an interdisciplinary day-long symposium that will explore various issues surrounding the complex subject of manuscript reconstruction. Our goal is to foster dialogues—between different disciplines—on how to approach dismembered manuscripts from intellectual and practical perspectives.
It will take place in Pembroke College, Cambridge on 23 June 2017
Call for Papers, 1 February 2017
REGISTRATION now open.
The colloquium will take place on Saturday, 6th May 2017 at Merton College, Oxford.
Morning and afternoon sessions will each consist of two panels running concurrently on particular topics (1.5 hrs) followed by a plenary session (1 hr) in which members of the two panels will report and comment on the panel session to all of the delegates, and facilitate further discussion. The hope is that by dividing the delegates into smaller groups than at the last meeting of Teaching the Codex more focused conversations will be generated.
The registration fee is £10:–, covering attendance, lunch, and refreshments. To register please follow this link to the Oxford University Stores:
The topics under discussion and our speakers are as follows:
(a) Continental and Anglophone approaches to teaching palaeography and codicology
- Irene Ceccherini (Oxford) (chair)
- Marigold Norbye (UCL)
- Daniel Sawyer (Oxford)
- Raphaële Mouren (Warburg)
(b) Pedagogical approaches to musical manuscripts
- Henry Hope (Bern) (chair)
- Margaret Bent (Oxford)
- Eleanor Giraud (Limerick)
- Christian Leitmeir (Oxford)
(c) Approaches to teaching art history and manuscript studies
- Emily Guerry (Kent) (chair)
- Kathryn Rudy (St Andrews)
- Spike Bucklow (Cambridge)
- Emily Savage (St Andrews)
(d) Taking palaeography further: using manuscripts to engage in outreach with schools and the general public
- Pauline Souleau (Oxford) (chair)
- Gustav Zamore (Oxford)
- Anna Boeles Rowland (Oxford)
- Sarah Laseke (Leiden)
Closing remarks: Teresa Webber (Cambridge)
For more information on Teaching the Codex, please visit https://teachingthecodex.wordpress.com, or follow us on Twitter (@TeachingCodex).
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We very much look forward to seeing many of you there.