IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 919: Encyclopaedias of Medieval Europe and the Islamic World: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:IMC Programming Committee / Middle East Medievalists
Organiser:Josef W. Meri, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews

The past several years have witnessed a proliferation in encyclopaedias and other reference works in the fields of medieval European and Islamic studies. Some works, like the one-volume Dictionary of the Middle Ages Supplement, are significant updates to existing reference works, while others, like the one-volume Medieval Iberia (Routledge), Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, forthcoming) and the four-volume The Crusades: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming) are new reference works. Among the issues to be explored are the need to commission further reference works, academic needs versus publisher priorities, electronic publishing, and future trends.
Participants include Julian Deahl (Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden), E. Michael Gerli (University of Virginia), Josef W. Meri (Institute of Ismaili Studies, London), Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds), and Chris VandenBorre (Brepols Publishers, Turnhout).
This round table discussion will begin at 19.00.