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Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

Convenors: Daniel Wakelin, Martin Kauffmann

Meetings will take place online via Zoom on Mondays at 2.15pm (GMT) in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7. Original manuscripts will be shown. Registration is required. 
On-line: email stating the seminar date or dates you wish to attend.

Week 1 (18 January)
Julian Luxford (University of St. Andrews)
The Tewkesbury benefactors' book 
Week 3 (1 February) 
Bodleian and John Rylands curators
Newly acquired medieval book coffers at the Bodleian and the John Rylands Libraries 
Week 5 (15 February) 
Adam Whittaker (Birmingham City University)
Medieval music theory in Bodleian manuscripts
Week 7 (1 March) 
Marc Smith (École des chartes) 
Late medieval writing models: contextualizing MS. Ashmole 789 

Seminar in the History of the Book

Hilary Term 2021

Fridays at 2:15pm (GMT)
Conveners: Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College, Oxford) and Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book) 

January 22
Matthew Payne, Keeper of the Muniments, Westminster Abbey
‘Follow the Money: Wynkyn de Worde, Jacques Ferrebouc and the Bardi’
Matthew Payne has written widely on the book trade in early Tudor England, and on the history of Westminster Abbey.

January 29: Special session at 5:00pm GMT
Goostly Psalmes in Oxford and New Haven
Henrike Lähnemann, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford
‘Translating, Singing, Printing the Reformation. The Queen’s College Sammelband with Myles Coverdale’s Goostly Psalmes
with a showing of The Queen’s College copy and the Bodleian and Beinecke fragments
Kathryn James, Beinecke Library, Yale University
Kathryn James is the Curator for Early Modern Books and Manuscripts at Yale’s Beinecke Library. She is the author of English Paleography & Manuscript Culture, 1500-1800 (2020).
Matthew Shaw, The Queen’s College, Oxford
Matthew Shaw is Librarian of The Queen’s College, Oxford. He is a former curator at the British Library and librarian of the Institute of Historical Research.
Sarah Wheale, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
Sarah Wheale is Head of Rare Books at the Bodleian Libraries.

February 5
Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli, University of Florence (Italy)
‘The Borromei’s trade unveiled: digging for information in fifteenth-century account-books’
Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli is Associate professor of Economic history at the University of Florence, senior research fellow of Queen Mary University of London and fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His research concentrates on late-medieval and early-modern trade and banking,
February 12 – No seminar

February 19
Alessandro Bianchi, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
‘Hidden in plain sight. Printed books from the Japanese Mission Press in the Bodleian Collections’
Alessandro Bianchi is the manager of the Bodleian Japanese Library and curator of the collection of Japanese rare books and manuscripts. After receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge, he worked at the British Library, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, and Haverford College.  

February 26
Kanupriya Dhingra, SOAS, University of London
‘Streets and Serendipity: “Locating” Daryaganj Sunday Patri Kitab Bazaar’
Kanupriya Dhingra is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies, SOAS, University of London.

March 5
Benjamin Wardhaugh, University of Oxford
‘Hunting for readers in sixteenth-century editions of the works of Euclid’
Benjamin Wardhaugh is a historian of mathematics based in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on early modern mathematics, including practices of mathematical reading and the early modern reception of Euclid's Elements of Geometry.

March 12
William Stoneman, Cambridge, MA
‘Buying Incunabula at Gimbel Brothers Department Store: A Curious Chapter in the History of American Book Collecting’
William P. Stoneman retired in December 2018 as Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Houghton Library of Harvard University.

The D F McKenzie Lecture 2021

Professor Francesca Orsini (SOAS)

'The magazine and world literature'
Thursday 18 February 2021 5-6 pm (GMT)
Francesca Orsini is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, University of London

Oxford Bibliographical Society Lectures

* NOTE: venues may change to online presentation

Tuesday 23 Februrary 5 pm
Anna Contadini (SOAS), Book culture of the Arab world: an illustrated herbal of the 13th century
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies* or online

Thursday 4 March 5:15 pm
Paul W. Nash (The Strawberry Press), The mystery of the Catholicon: did Gutenberg invent stereotyping?
Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College* or online

Thursday 11 March 5:15 pm
Vaibhav Singh (University of Reading) The 'unwise economy' of tracts: lithography at the American Marathi Mission in nineteenth-century Bombay
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library* or online

Thursday 6 May 5:15 pm
Jacob Ridley (Magdalen College), Polemo-Middinia: scatalogical Scots-Latin at the Sheldonian Press
Venue TBC* or online 

Thursday 27 May 5:15 pm
Leverhulme Doctoral Students, Oxford, Publication beyond print (five short talks)
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library* or online

Tuesday 8 June 5:15 pm
Dirk Van Hulle (Oxford), Genetic criticism and bibliography: a rapprochement
Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College* or online


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