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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1555: Manuscript Culture: Research Methodologies, I

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Michael Johnston, Department of English, Purdue University
Moderator/Chair:Michael Johnston, Department of English, Purdue University
Paper 1555-aOld Field, New Corn, and Silos: A Comparative Approach to Manuscript Production in Late Medieval London
(Language: English)
Sonja Drimmer, Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 1555-bWho Read History in the High Middle Ages?: Manuscript Corpora and Codicological Facts as Evidence of Reception
(Language: English)
Jaakko Tahkokallio, National Library of Finland, Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1555-cA Book and Her Priest: Identifying Carolingian Pastoral Compendia
(Language: English)
Bastiaan Waagmeester, Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800–1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Manuscript books are unique - but each of them also reflects a particular culture of book production and stems from a specific social context. To what extent can the study of large corpora of manuscripts enable us to generalize about the book culture of a specific time, place and social setting? Vice versa, can we use such generalizations in trying to understand individual manuscripts? What is gained and what is lost when one scales up to examine a large number of manuscripts or focuses on individual manuscripts? What do the tools of Digital Humanities offer such scholarly endeavors? This session gathers together scholars exploring the cultures and social settings of book production from the Carolingian period until the 15th century with both small and large sets of manuscripts.