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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 132: Manuscripts in Motion and the Circulation of Texts

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Khodadad Rezakhani, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 132-aFrom the Shadows into the Light: The Networks that Circulated Ad Incorrupta Pontificum Nomina Conservanda throughout Europe between c. 1145 and c. 1325
(Language: English)
Marie Thérèse Champagne, Department of History, University of West Florida
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 132-bThe Networks behind the Transportation of the Middle Persian Psalter
(Language: English)
Mina Salehi, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 132-cHidden Stories about Hidden Stories: Pandemic Pedagogy in Local / Global Networks
(Language: English)
Alexandra Bolintineanu, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Elizabeth Abraham, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Teaching the Middle Ages, Technology

Paper -a:
Ad Incorrupta Nomina Pontificum Conservanda, a metrical poem about the popes composed c. 1145 in Rome, circulated throughout Europe and proliferated into at least twenty versions through c. 1325. Both ecclesiastical and secular networks provided the framework for movement of the text. Through paleographical and codicological analyses of these versions and the codices that contain them, this paper will expose clusters of related texts, revealing the circulation of the text through networks of relationships between institutions and individuals.

Paper -b:
The Pahlavi Psalter Manuscript is an amalgam of several multicultural characteristics. The Christian content of the manuscript is written in the Middle Persian/Pahlavi language and script, which was the official language of the Sassanid Empire. However, this fragmentary manuscript was probably brought to Turfan, today's Xinjiang, China, and was discovered there by the second German Turfan expedition. The aim of current research is to answer the question that why this Christian-Iranian manuscript was in Turfan, thousands of kilometres far from its homeland. Which network stood behind this transport?

Paper -c:
In Fall 2021, The Book and the Silk Roads (BSR), a University of Toronto-led international research project, collaborated with Toronto's Aga Khan Museum to create an in-person exhibition about premodern books along the networks of trade and exchange of the Silk Roads - Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads. Along with the physical museum exhibition, a digital companion presented the artifacts through an online narrative with augmented and virtual reality components. Finally, an undergraduate digital humanities course, Historical Archives in the Digital Age, focused both on premodern books along the Silk Roads and their modern representations in museums, scholarship, and digital collections. This paper discusses how the local pedagogical network that included both museum and classroom teaching productively tangled with the global networks of the premodern Silk Roads and of pandemic museum outreach (see, among others, King et al., 2021; Magliacani and Sorrentino, 2022; Noble, 2021; Pirbazari and Tabrizi, 2022; Santos et al., 2021; Vajda, 2020).