Online Conference: E-Quadrivium: Researching remotely– Libraries, archives, & digital resourcing, Friday 27 – Saturday 28 November 2020

E-Quadrivium is an online webinar for postgraduate researchers exploring means of accessing and analysing pre-modern primary materials.

Quadrivium is an annual research, careers, and skills training event for postgraduates and early career researchers of medieval and early modern textual studies. The initiative was founded in 2004 where it was supported by AHRC funding. It is run by leading academics who form a network known as the Medieval Manuscripts Research Consortium (MMRC), from the Universities of Glasgow, York, Birmingham, St Andrews, Leicester, De Montfort, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Kent, Cambridge, and Newcastle.

Conference Programme

Friday 27th November

3.00-3.15pm – Welcome and Introductory Comments

3.15-4.00pm – Visualising manuscripts remotely- University of Glasgow, Special Collections Library – with Dr Johanna Green and Dr Diane Scott (facilitator, Professor Jeremy Smith)

4.00-4.15pm – Break

4.15-5.30pm – Using Libraries and Archives in a time of pandemic: Discussion and Q&A with Dr Paul Dryburgh (The National Archives), Dr Alison Ray (Canterbury Cathedral Archives) and a member of the British Library’s Reader Services team (facilitator, Professor Andrew Prescott)

5.30-5.45pm – Break

5.45-6.30pm – Introducing MEMSLib – A postgraduate-led response to the pandemic in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent (facilitator, Dr David Rundle)

6.30-6.45pm – Friday’s concluding comments

Saturday 28th November

3.00-3.15pm – Welcome to day 2

3.30-4.45pm – Working with Manuscripts – Professors Linne Mooney and Wendy Scase (facilitator, Dr Orietta Da Rold)

4.45-5.15pm – Break

5.15pm-6.45pm – Digital Futures in Manuscript Studies: Big Data, Open Access and Computational Analysis– Professors Elaine Treharne, Jukka Tyrkkö, and Mike Kestemont (facilitator, Dr Ryan Perry)

6.45-7.00pm – Break

7.00-7.30pm – Concluding comments and discussion

Register here.


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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