Seminar Series: Blogging Manuscripts, Oxford Medieval Studies, 6, 8, 9 July 2020

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. 

Click here to register. If you would prefer to not use Eventbrite, please email torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk


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.

Click here to register. If you would prefer to not use Eventbrite, please email torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk


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. 

Click here to register. If you would prefer to not use Eventbrite, please email torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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