The University of Oxford Medieval Studies are hosting a fringe event on ‘Blogging with Manuscripts’ which will run on the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Leeds IMC Congress (6th, 8th, 9th July 2020). Over the course of three days, you can join in with different seminars: Blogging Manuscripts with Polonsky German, Teaching the Digital Codex and Blogging Manuscripts for the General Public. Each seminar is online from 6.30-7pm.
Blogging Manuscripts with Polonsky German
Monday 6 July 2020, 6.30-7pm – Online – Registration Required
Speakers: Tuija Ainonen, Andrew Dunning, Henrike Lähnemann, Matthew Holford (Oxford)
How can we best use the wealth of digitized medieval manuscripts to bring medieval studies to new audiences? The Bodleian Library launches the #PolonskyGerman blogging challenge with reflections on how universities and libraries can expand their public reach through teaching palaeography, the history of the book, and digital humanities. This is the first of three interactive sessions that will give participants the opportunity to collaborate on presenting everyday manuscripts to the public.
Teaching the Digital Codex
Wednesday 8 July 2020, 6.30-7pm – Online – Registration Required
Speakers: Mary Boyle (Oxford), Julia Walworth (University of Oxford), Leonor Zozaya-Montes (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
How can we best use the wealth of digitized medieval manuscripts to bring medieval studies to new audiences? Since 2016, Teaching the Codex has brought together teachers to develop more engaging pedagogical approaches to palaeography and codicology, with both regular colloquia and a long-running blog. Mary Boyle shares the knowledge she gained in launching a successful manuscripts movement from scratch, with reflections from Leonor Zozaya-Montes on the process of writing for the project blog. Julia Walworth will present some of Merton’s digitised manuscripts as possible subjects for a blog post. The challenge here would be to use digitised items for a ‘teachable feature’; for examples look at previous ‘teachable features’ blogs.
Blogging Manuscripts for the General Public
Thursday 9 July 2020, 6.30-7pm – Online – Registration Required
Speakers: Alison Hudson (University of Central Florida), Alison Ray (Canterbury Cathedral Archive and Library)
Alison Hudson and Alison Ray distil their wide-ranging expertise from the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition; the Medieval England and France, 700–1200 project; and and Canterbury Cathedral’s collaborative ‘Picture This’ website. Participants will challenge one another to engage audiences in 280 characters or less with selected images digitized online the British Library’s Medieval England and France, 700-1200 curated website.