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Enroll: MOOC Burgos: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain

ds-3-intro-paleography-logoRoger Martinez is pleased to announce the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that specifically focuses on medieval Spanish paleography training. The course is called Burgos: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain and it will be offered on a monthly basis on coursera.org at https://www.coursera.org/learn/burgos-deciphering-secrets-medieval-spain. The next class begins on 9 April 2018. This six-week course is intensive — it requires, on average, 10-12 hours of your time per week.

This is the first of three new MOOCs that offer intensive paleography training. Three additional MOOCs pertaining to the medieval/early modern history of Toledo, Plasencia, and Granada, will be launched over the next 3 to 9 months. These courses are in addition to an introductory course on medieval Spain titled, Coexistence in Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and another titled, Deciphering Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe. Continue reading

Summer Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies

mediciJune 4 – July 7, 2018
Deadline: May 27, 2018

Summer Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies

Session I: 4 – 9 June 2018 / Deadline: 27 May 2018
Session II: 25 – 30 June 2018 / Deadline: 18 June 2018
Session III: 2 – 7 July 2018 / Deadline:  25 June 2018

The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2018 Summer seminars in paleography and archival studies: Session I (4-9 June), Session II (25-30 June) and Session III (2-7 July).
The principal aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); to examine in-depth various documentary typologies; to read diverse early modern scripts; and to learn how to plan research in Italian archives and libraries. Especially relevant for graduate students, university faculty, and museum curators working on Renaissance and early modern topics, this seminar is taught by a team of current and former MAP scholars, as well as university professors and other MAP-affiliated researchers. Participating students will be taught at the MAP headquarters at Palazzo Alberti in Via de’ Benci 10.
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2017 John Coffin Memorial Annual Palaeography Lecture

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24 May 2017, 18:00 to 24 May 2017, 20:00
The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Professor Judith Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, FBA, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)

Crossing palaeographical borders: bi-alphabetical Hebrew scribes and manuscripts in Egypt, Spain and Northern France (11th to 15th centuries) 

Medieval Jewish scribal culture reflects long-standing post-biblical traditions elaborated by Jewish communities in Palestine, Egypt and Mesopotamia.  Moreover, despite major linguistic and scribal differences, Jewish medieval scribes in both East and West were well aware of the palaeographical specificities of the non-Jewish cultures among which they resided. This awareness is apparent in the manuscripts themselves: some contain texts written in different languages and alphabets, others are written in Hebrew script with features echoing the scripts of the majority cultures.  Taking as examples manuscripts written in Egypt, Spain and Northern France between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries, I attempt to uncover some of the mechanisms, technical, aesthetic and social, underlying such scribal cross-cultural encounters.

Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger is the Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Section des Sciences Historiques et Philogogiques, Sorbonne University, Paris and is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. She is a highly distinguished scholar, funded by the Rothschild Foundation to research uncatalogued material, and her subject is fundamental to current work on medieval Europe. She heads a pan-European project entitled ‘Books within Books’ (http://hebrewmanuscript.com), that seeks to locate, photograph and describe every Hebrew manuscript to be found in the bindings of books (these are mostly books written in Latin) now in libraries across Europe. She is a leading specialist in the study of Hebrew manuscripts, palaeography and diplomatic, the history of medieval linguistic thought and Christian Hebrew scholars in the Middle Ages.

2017 Palaeography Lecture Poster

CFP: Layers of Parchment, Layers of Time: Reconstructing Manuscripts: 800 – 1600 (Abstracts due 1 February 2017)

oxford-bodley-ms-rawl-liturg-d-1_00923 June 2017, University of Cambridge

Layers of Parchment, Layers of Time: Reconstructing Manuscripts: 800 – 1600 is an interdisciplinary conference that will explore various issues surrounding the complex subject of manuscripts whose parts have become dislodged and subsequently had diverging histories. Our goal is to foster dialogues—between different disciplines—on how to approach dismembered manuscripts from intellectual and practical perspectives.

We will compose panels thematically, grouping papers by geographical and temporal subject rather than by academic discipline. We encourage submissions from scholars, post-graduate students, and professionals in art history, palaeography/codicology, manuscript studies and conservation, digital humanities, history, museum studies, and beyond. Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The manuscript as an object made in layers over time
  • Digital reconstruction of manuscripts
  • New approaches to understanding reception
  • Methodologies for tracing lost/stolen fragments and leaves
  • Methodologies for reconstructing manuscripts
  • Economic, political, and legal consequences of reconstructing manuscripts
  • Reconstructed manuscripts in their original contexts
  • Modern methods of preservation for loose fragments/leaves
  • The art market as a means for fragment/leaf distribution
  • The role of collectors (public institutions and private individuals)

We intend to publish the proceedings from the conference in either a journal, or as a stand-alone anthology.

The Keynote will be given by Dr. David Rundle (University of Essex)

Papers will be scheduled for 20 minutes. Please email your abstracts, of no more that 300 words to Dr. Kathryn Rudy and Stephanie Azzarello at reconstructing.mss.cambridge@gmail.com by 1 February 2017. Along with your abstract please include your name, institution, paper title and brief biography. We strongly encourage you to consider your paper as a performance, rehearse it well, and to avoid reading directly from the page, if possible. Successful applicants with be notified by 10 February 2017. Layers of Parchment, Layers of Time: Reconstructing Manuscripts will take place at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, with a dinner to follow.


Sponsored by Pembroke College, Cambridge and the University of St Andrews

Leeds 2015 Art History session: Grisaille, Shades of Meaning in Late Medieval Manuscripts

proxySession: 1702

Grisaille: Shades of Meaning in Late Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday 9 July 2015: 14.15-15.45


Sophia Rochmes (Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara) and Anna Russakoff (American University of Paris)


Anna Russakoff, American University of Paris

Grisaille, or imagery in monochrome tones of grey, proliferated in late-medieval Northern Europe. This session explores grisaille, with a particular focus on its appearance in manuscripts, in an effort to better understand this enigmatic artistic phenomenon. The papers will present a series of case studies, and will consider issues of technique, iconography, artistic identity and collaboration, relationships between artistic media, patronage, and reception.

Paper 1702-a

Disappearance of Colors in 14th-Century Manuscripts: The Personifications in Question (Language: English)

Bertrand Cosnet, UFR d’histoire, histoire de l’art & archéologie, Université de Nantes

Paper 1702-b

Prayer in Shades of Grey: A Grisaille Book of Hours from the Lyonnais Workshop of Guillaume Lambert (Language: English)

Elliot Adam, Centre André Chastel, Université Paris-Sorbonne – Paris IV

Paper 1702-c

Prester John’s Painters: European Grisaille Illuminations in Late Medieval Manuscripts from the Ethiopian Royal Court (Language: English)

Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Paper 1702-d

Case by Case: A Look at Manuscripts that Combine Grisaille and Full Color (Language: English)

Elizabeth Moodey, Department of History of Art, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Making Sense of Manuscripts – Saturday 14 June 2014, UCL History Department

_66149494_66149493[1]A workshop introducing students to the study of medieval documents.
Saturday 14 June 2014, UCL History Department
Diplomatic is the formal term for the study and analysis of documents in medieval
manuscripts. Diplomatic encompasses a broad range of documents from the Middle
Ages (royal charters, papal bulls, diplomas, legal writs, contracts, judicial records,
treaties, etc.) and requires a number of technical skills. But it is more than a merely
antiquarian pastime. The careful use of documents is essential for writing the
political, institutional, religious, social, economic and intellectual history of the Middle
Despite its importance, provision for introducing British students to the study of
Medieval Diplomatic remains limited. This one-day workshop at UCL will fill that gap.
Led by Professor David d’Avray the workshop will provide an introduction to some of
the technical skills necessary for analysing different types of British and continental
documents. Equally importantly, it will demonstrate how Diplomatic can help answer
a range of historical questions about secular governance, the papacy, monasteries
and social power, and medieval rationality.
The workshop is open to all students and will be of particular benefit to those
considering graduate work in medieval history.
Attendance is free and no knowledge of Latin is required. Lunch and refreshments
will be provided.
To register or find out more information, please contact the course organiser by
email (z.mistry@ucl.ac.uk) with your name and details. Please note that priority will
be given to undergraduates.
For more information about the UCL Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,
visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mars.

Byzantine Greek Summer School, Dumbarton Oaks, 2014

Byzantine Greek Summer School, Dumbarton Oaks, 2014
July 7 to August 1, 2014
Application deadline: 17 January 2014


Dumbarton Oaks will again offer an intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and paleography in the summer of 2014. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions.
For more information about course offerings, admissions, application procedures, and accomodations and costs, visit website: