Call for Papers: From Fragment to Whole: Interpreting Medieval Manuscript Fragments (Deadline 31st May 2021)

From Fragment to Whole: Interpreting Medieval Manuscript Fragments, University of Bristol, September 16 (online)–17 (in person), 2021

This conference, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies, is devoted to the study of manuscript fragments, and what these fragments can tell us about lost books, medieval and post-medieval book history, and textual history. Research questions may include, but are not limited to:

  • What different does the manuscript fragment make to the textual tradition of the text it contains?
  • What can manuscript fragments tell us about the lost literature of the Middle Ages and about changing tastes?
  • How can we use the evidence from manuscript fragments to piece together the lost book from which it derives snd what do means do we have at our disposal to do so?
  • How should we catalogue and preserve manuscript fragments?
  • What do manuscript fragments tell us about the history of manuscript fragmentation and its agents (e.g. early printers, book collectors, auctioneers, book vandals)?

We invite papers that address these questions on a basis of a particular case (or particular cases) as well as papers on broader methodological issues involved in the explication and contextualization of manuscript fragments.

Please send a brief abstract to by 31st May 2021, indicating interest in an online or in person event. Further information about the conference will be made available at


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Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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