Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Next week we leap!

Coptic bindings on Ethiopian manuscripts (not medieval, mind you ...)

Only one week of February 2012 left!  At least we can have an extra day this year to enjoy.  Here is some "medieval" news from various lists.
  • ‘The Unsleeping Angel: Literature and Learning 1130-1160’
  • Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory
  • New Film from Rare Book School
  • Hortulus sessions at Kalamazoo

From the YMAGINA listserv:

‘The Unsleeping Angel: Literature and Learning 1130-1160’
University of St Andrews
8th to 10th June 2012

Keynote address shall be given by Professor David Crouch

The Literature and Learning in the mid twelfth century conference aims to provide a platform for inter-disciplinary discussion and debate on the intellectual activity taking place in mid twelfth-century Europe.  This has traditionally been viewed as a time of introspection in the fields of literature and learning.  In particular from an English perspective, this has in the past been viewed as a period of anarchy, and little attention has been paid to development in intellectual life. 

We wish to create the opportunity to explore a number of themes, including, but not limited to:
  • historical writings and their audience, for example chronicles, short histories and poetry;
  • development of the use of the vernacular; 
  • palaeographical development;
  • the expansion of law; 
  • provision of education in the Schools; 
  • peregrinations of scholars and the dissemination of knowledge and ideas across Europe; 
  • re-evaluation of intellectual contribution of the period;
  • the changing cultural climate in the years c.1130 to 1160.
The organising committee welcomes abstracts from academics and postgraduates on areas which would fit within the remit of the conference objectives.
Abstracts of approximately 300 words for a 20 minute paper should be submitted via email to the conference organisers, Jane Edwards and Maxine Esser at
The deadline for the call for papers is 30th March 2012.
Please visit our website for further information. 


Center for Medieval Studies - College of Liberal Arts

The Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory will hold its 8th annual workshop, to give participants a practical, hands-on introduction to the study of manuscripts, at an internationally acclaimed research institute, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

June 5-10, 2011
Saint John’s University
Collegeville, MN

For more information, please visit:
Workshop objectives include:

  • providing an orientation to the study of medieval scripts and manuscript    books and documents;
  • introducing basic skills for the description of manuscripts, the identification of unattributed texts, and textual editing;
  • providing practice in identifying and locating manuscripts for various research projects;
  • discussing the kinds of questions scholars in various fields investigate by studying manuscripts;
  • introducing a set of printed and on-line tools to help participants learn “how to read a medieval book.”

The focus is primarily on Latin manuscripts from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the classical tradition, and also on manuscripts in European vernaculars. Other languages (e.g. Hebrew, Greek, Ge'ez etc.) can be included based on individual interest.

Review of applications begins March 15, 2012. 

Applications received after that date will be considered if space remains available.

Note From Rare Book School (University of Virginia):

We are thrilled to launch our new film, “Rare Book School: The Student Experience,” an eight-minute documentary, shot in the summer of 2010. 

Please share this video with friends and family who appreciate books as much as you do, or who just don’t understand what you do during the summer in Charlottesville, Virginia!

From Hortulus (
Hortulus will be sponsoring two sessions related to this year’s theme at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 10-13, 2012): Session 9 is entitled, “Concepts of Space/Place beyond Britain,” while Session 71 concentrates on “Concepts of Space/Place within the British Isles.”

One more Coptic binding photo.

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