Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop, Easter Term 2019

Friday 3, 10, 17, 24 May, 2-4pm, Milstein Seminar Room, University Library

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 medieval manuscript contexts. Each workshop focuses upon a particular issue, usually explored through one or more informal presentations and general discussion. All are welcome.

Friday 3 May 2019    ‘The Eloquent Page: Reflections on The Renaissance Reform of the Book in Britain

Dr David Rundle (University of Kent) 

David Rundle introduces his new monograph, The Renaissance Reform of the Book in Britain: The English Quattrocento, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology (2019), highlighting its implications for the study of the late medieval palaeography.

Friday 10 May 2019  ‘Manuscripts as Molecular Archives’

Prof. Matthew Collins (Archaeology, Cambridge/University of Copenhagen) 

This workshop provides an introduction to biocodicology, to the aims and methods of the ERC ‘Beasts to Craft’ project, and to the potential of biomolecular analysis to shed light upon the materials used in the production of medieval written artefacts and the wider economy that provided these resources.   

Friday 17 May 2019  ‘Unpublished Descriptions of the Western Medieval Manuscripts at Cambridge University Library’

Dr James Freeman (Cambridge University Library)

James Freeman draws attention to the numerous largely unpublished cataloguing initiatives of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries (by Charles Sayle, M.R. James, B.F.C. Atkinson, H.L. Pink and R.A.B. Mynors), the products of which remain largely unpublished but which are now being formally accessioned into the Library’s archives and made available for consultation by readers.  As well as offering better information than the 19th-century catalogue, these descriptions and their fate prompts reflection upon the role of the librarian as cataloguer in the face of evolving standards of manuscript description.

Friday 24 May 2019  ‘Technologies of Written Communication: The Pragmatics of The Page, East and West’

Dr Imre Galambos (AMES), Prof. Máire Ni Mhaonaigh (ASNC) and Prof. Teresa Webber (History)

This workshop outlines and invites feedback on plans for a project to explore the development of scribal conventions in books produced between the ninth and thirteenth centuries in regions at either end of Eurasia. These two regions and the written artefacts produced in this period present a number of surface similarities which may permit frameworks for comparison. Understanding the differences as well as the similarities in the strategies adopted and transmitted by scribes, and shaped by their particular historical contexts and circumstances, both within and between the two regions may broaden and deepen our understanding of written culture and the dynamics of its development.  

All meetings take place 2-4pm in the Milstein Seminar Room, Cambridge University Library.

Convenors: Teresa Webber, Sean Curran, Orietta Da Rold, David Ganz and Suzanne Paul. 

For further details, email mtjw2@cam.ac.uk

The London International Palaeography Summer school 2019

The London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS) at the Institute of English Studies, University of London is now accepting applications for its summer programme. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full.

The London International Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. Courses range from a half to two days duration and are given by experts in their respective fields from a wide range of institutions. 

Courses fees range from Half-Day fees of £50 (standard) and £45 (student), to Five-Day fees of £450 (standard) and £400 (student). The full breakdown of fees can be found here.

Available courses:

10 June 

Introduction to Arabic Scientific Manuscripts (Dr Bink Hallum)

The Development of Penflourishing in late Medieval Manuscripts (Drs Lynda Dennison and Cynthia Johnston) Half-day course AM

The Development of Border Decoration in English Late Medieval Manuscripts (Drs Lynda Dennison and Cynthia Johnston) – Half-day course, PM.

Introduction to English Palaeography, 1500-1900 (Mr Christopher Whittick)

Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts I (Dr Chris Stamatakis)

11 June 

Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Palaeography (Dr Debby Banham)

Introduction to Middle English Palaeography I (Professor Anthony Edwards)

English Palaeography: the records of criminal justice, 1650-1800 (Mr Christopher Whittick)

Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts II (Dr Chris Stamatakis)

12 June

Women Patrons, Scribes, and Makers of Medieval Manuscripts (Prof. Clare Lees)

Introduction to Middle English Palaeography II (Professor Anthony Edwards)

1000 Years of Manuscript Production (Patricia Lovett)

Probate records and the historian, 1500-1858 (Mr Christopher Whittick)

An Introduction to Greek Palaeography I (Dr Laura Franco) 

13 June 

The Insular System of Scripts to A.D. 900 (Prof. Julia Crick)

Liturgical and Devotional Manuscripts I (Dr Jenny Stratford and Dr Rowan Watson)

Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Italian Palaeography (Dr Irene Ceccherini and Dr Laura Nuvoloni)

Quills and Calligraphy – a Practical Course (Ms Patricia Lovett)

An Introduction to Greek Palaeography II (Dr Laura Franco)

14 June

Bilingual Manuscripts in England, c.950-1200 (Dr Francisco J. Álvarez López)

Cognitive elements of medieval manuscript layouts: designing and using the folio space (Dr Anna Somfai)

Liturgical and Devotional Manuscripts II (Dr Jenny Stratford and Dr Rowan Watson)

Reading and Editing Medieval Latin Texts (Dr Emily Corran) 

German Palaeography (Dr Dorothea McEwan and Dr Claudia Wedepohl)

The Book of Durrow and the Lindisfarne Gospels in the Context of Early Medieval Europe (Dr Carol Farr)

Further information about the LIPSS can be found on the School’s homepage or through the linkhttps://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/lipss. The application form is available here.

Questions can be directed togeorgia.reeves@sas.ac.uk.

GEORGIA REEVES

POSTGRADUATE ACADEMIC SOCIETIES AND EVENTS ADMINISTRATOR

The Institute of English Studies
Senate House, Malet Street | LONDON WC1E 7HU

georgia.reeves@sas.ac.uk

Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop, Easter Term 2018

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 mtjw2@cam.ac.uk

‘”Particles of light”: the legacy of Henry Bradshaw’

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)

 

Cambridge Palaeography East-West

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’

12.45 Lunch

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’

3.30 Close

If you wish to attend the event we would be grateful if you could fill in the following form by Monday 22 May 2017:

https://wakancambridge.com/palaeography-east-west/attendance-form-palaeography-east-west/

For further information, please contact Dr Laura Moretti: lm571@cam.ac.uk

Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop 2017

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 mtjw2@cam.ac.uk

London Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

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.

All welcome.

Further details: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/event/7273

Workshop: Materiality in German Studies

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 aknopf@mailbox.org by 26th February 2017.

LAYERS OF PARCHMENT, LAYERS OF TIME: RECONSTRUCTING MANUSCRIPTS 800 – 1600

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

https://reconstructingmanuscripts2017.wordpress.com

Call for Papers, 1 February 2017

Registration: https://reconstructingmanuscripts2017.wordpress.com/contact/

TEACHING THE CODEX 2: further thoughts on the pedagogy of palaeography and codicology.

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:

http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/classics/classics-events/teaching-the-codex-2-further-thoughts-on-the-pedagogy-of-palaeography-and-codicology

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).

Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us: teachingthecodex@gmail.com

We very much look forward to seeing many of you there.