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CFP: Revealing Records VII (Friday, May 6th, 2016)

Sealed Record.axdDeadline:   Friday, 19 February 2016

Now in its seventh year, the Revealing Records conference series brings together postgraduate researchers working with a wide range of sources from across the medieval world to share challenges and approaches through the presentation of their research.  This year marks the first year of Revealing Records as a combined effort of King’s College London and University College London History Departments. The conference will be held in the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, on Friday, May 6th, 2016.

Keynotes will be delivered by Dr Rory Naismith (KCL) and Dr Sergei Bogatyrev (UCL)

We encourage applications from students working with a wide variety of records – from the written word to objects, buildings and more. Papers that employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon palaeography, archaeology or other related disciplines are particularly welcome.

Abstracts (300 words max.) are welcome from students wishing to present a 20-minute paper.

Please send abstracts to: revealingrecords@gmail.com by Friday, 19 February 2016

Visit our webpage for more information: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/eventrecords/2015-16/rrVIII.aspx

King’s College London – Revealing Records VII 



London International Palaeography Summer School (15-19 June 2015, Senate House, London)

Folio 283 Verso of the 'Eadwine Psalter,' ca. 1160 - 1170

Folio 283 Verso of the ‘Eadwine Psalter,’ ca. 1160 – 1170

Applications are open for the London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS), running 15 – 19 June 2015.

The London Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in palaeography and manuscript studies, held at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London. Courses range from one to two days and are given by experts in their respective fields, from a wide variety of institutions.

Full-day course fee: £90.

Half-day course fee: £55

Block bookings discounts and discounts for full-time MA/PhD students available. 

Monday 15 June

Early Modern English Palaeography

Introduction to Greek Palaeography I

Introduction to the Insular System of Scripts to AD 900

Vernacular Editing: Chaucer and his Contemporaries

Tuesday 16 June

Approaches to the Art of Insular Manuscripts

European Palaeography to AD 900

How Medieval Manuscripts Were Made

Introduction to Greek Palaeography II

Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts I

Wednesday 17 June

Codicology and the Cataloguing of Manuscripts I

German Palaeography

Liturgical and Devotional Manuscripts I

Quills and Calligraphy

Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts II

Thursday 18 June

Codicology and Cataloguing of Medieval Manuscripts II

Intermediate Old English Palaeography

Introduction to Keyboard Music Manuscripts from 16th – 18th Centuries (half-day)

Introduction to Latin Palaeography

Latin Gospel Incipits, 7th – 9th Centuries

Liturgical and Devotional Manuscripts II

Friday 19 June
Intermediate Latin Palaeography

Middle English Palaeography

Transcribing and Editing Manuscripts: Palaeography After 1700 (half-day)

Writing and Reading Medieval Manuscripts: Folio Layouts in Context

Call for Applications: Summer Paleography Workshop


JUNE 9-27, 2014

This paleography workshop will provide intensive training in the accurate reading, editing, and interpretation of a manuscript in Middle French, in this case a complex and intriguing late-Renaissance compilation of a practical and proto-scientific nature. Participants will work on a collaborative transcription and translation of the manuscript using new digital tools and methods.

The manuscript, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 640, written around 1580 by an anonymous French-speaking craftsperson, covers some 170 fols. with detailed instructions, including first-hand observations and illustrations, for a number of processes that we would now classify as part of fine arts and technology, such as drawing-instruction, pigment-making, metal-coloring, counterfeit gem production, cannon-casting, tree-grafting, land-surveying, a practice of taxidermy to manufacture monstrous composite animals (kittens and bats), making paper mâché masks, and much more.  The margins are filled with comments on experiments, an indication that the book was most likely a record of practice. The manuscript thus offers exceptional insight into how natural materials and art objects were made, collected, appreciated, and circulated in the late Renaissance. It also provides a rare view into attitudes to nature out of which modern science eventually emerged.

The workshop, directed by Prof. Marc H. Smith (École nationale des chartes/École pratique des hautes études) and Prof. Pamela H. Smith (History, Columbia University) is part of a larger interdisciplinary research and pedagogical initiative that aims to support the transcription, translation, annotation, and experimental reconstruction of the technical processes described in the manuscript, with the final goal being the publication of an electronic critical edition of the manuscript.

The three-week course, held on the campus of Columbia University, will begin with general instruction and bibliographical information concerning the historical context of the manuscript, French Renaissance paleography, Middle French, and principles for transcription and translation, as well as instruction in digital methods, such as collaborative editing, annotation and versioning methods. Then, for five days a week, morning sessions will be devoted to reading, annotating, and translating the text collectively. In the afternoons, students will be able to work in groups on selected sections of the text to be discussed on the following day.

Up to 15 participants will be enrolled from the U.S. and abroad. First consideration is given to PhD students, but applications will also be accepted from professional staff of libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Advanced French-language skills are required. PhD applicants selected for admission will receive a stipend to help defray the cost of attending the workshop. The workshop is offered tuition free.

Applicants should submit a CV containing names and addresses of two references, a 3-page letter explaining their reason for application, and transcripts showing successful completion of coursework or other evidence of competence in the French language.  Experience and interest in the digital humanities will be an advantage.

Applications, along with supporting documents, should be emailed to Claire Sabel (ccs2137@columbia.edu) by February 21, 2014. Inquiries should be directed to the same address. Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of April.