The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts:
Interpretation Through Production
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ABOUT THE SEMINAR
A return to the manuscripts characterizes many fields of medieval studies. Codicology and palaeography—study of the physical form of a book and of the handwriting within it—have long been fundamental tools for scholars of the Middle Ages, yet few have cut a quill or written on parchment with oak-gall ink, still less scraped and stretched an animal skin, cut and folded parchment, then designed and organized text and decoration on the resulting pages.
This seminar will enable participants to do precisely those things, and consider the insight that hands-on engagement with the material aspects of medieval book production can provide for the understanding of history and the interpretation of texts. Such an approach is especially valuable in the present age of online resources that provide unprecedented access to high-quality images of medieval manuscript pages.
This seminar will theorize and explore the significance of the material manuscript in the digital age.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
Dates: June 15 - July 10 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Jonathan Wilcox, University of Iowa
Faculty: Timothy Barrett, Cheryl Jacobsen, Julia Leonard, Jesse Meyer, Sara Sauers
Location: Iowa City, IA
Stipend: The stipend for this seminar is $3,300 per participant.
Deadline: March 2, 2015
Notification date: March 30, 2015
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