Lectures and seminars in Oxford

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Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

Convenors: Daniel Wakelin, Martin Kauffmann 

Meetings will take place on Mondays at 2.15pm in weeks 4, 5, 6, and 8 in the Horton Room on the first floor of the Weston Library. All welcome. The speakers will show original manuscripts. 

10 FEBRUARY(Week 4) Helen Gittos, 'The Leofric Missal: what can a historian learn from a liturgical book?'

17 FEBRUARY (Week 5) Andrew Dunning, 'Teaching and healing at St Frideswide’s priory in 12th-century Oxford'

24 FEBRUARY (Week 6) Elizabeth Eva Leach, 'Why collect hundreds of songs without any musical notation? The case of MS. Douce 308'

9 MARCH (Week 8) Richard Gameson & Andrew Beeby, 'Scientific identification of pigments in medieval manuscripts: how, when, and why to do it' 

Seminar in the History of the Book 

Fridays 2.15pm, Weston Library, Level 2, Visiting Scholars’ Centre (VSC) 

An international and interdisciplinary seminar in outlook, hosted and supported by the Centre for the Study of the Book of the Bodleian Library
Convenors: Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College and 15cBOOKTRADE) and Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian)


31 JANUARY (Week 2) John-Paul Ghobrial, with Celeste Gianni, Feras Krimsti, Rosie Maxton, Lucy Parker, and Vevian Zaki (Oxford, History Faculty, Stories of Survival Project) 'Stories of Survival: The Lives and Afterlives of Eastern Christian Manuscripts in the Early Modern World'

7 FEBRUARY  (Week 3) Stephanie Ann Frampton (MIT) '"Vade, liber": Textual Mobility and the History of Books'

14 FEBRUARY (Week 4) Angela Nuovo, with Goran Proot, Francesco Ammannati (University of Milan, Early Modern BookTrade Project) 'The price of books in early modern Europe'

28 FEBRUARY (Week 6) NOTE: begins at earlier time of 2.00 and runs to 4.30 (with a tea break, refreshments provided)
Henrike Laehnemann (Oxford) and Carolin Gluchowski (Freiburg) 'Recycling in action: the many lives of a medieval prayerbook'
Toby Burrows (Oxford, Mapping Manuscript Migrations Project) 'Mapping Manuscript Migrations: Digging into Data for Provenance Research'

6 MARCH (Week 7) Angeline Rais (Lincoln College, Oxford) 'The Travels of Sir Thomas Phillipps's Swiss Manuscripts across Europe and North America'

13 MARCH (Week 8) Grantley McDonald (Oxford, Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures Project) 'John Clement (d. 1572) and his books'

Persian Arts of the Book

Thursday 13  FEBRUARY Karin Scheper (Leiden University), 'In Search of Local Characteristics: Manuscript making in the Islamic world'
Khalili Research Centre Seminars, KRC Lecture Room, 5:15 pm

Wednesday 4 MARCH Karin Scheper (Leiden, and Bahari Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries)
 'Islamic manuscripts and bindings as a window on East-West relations'
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 12 pm
Registration free, please use this link to register 

Monday 9 MARCH  Shiva Mihan (Harvard Art Museums/Bahari Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries), 'Piecing together a Timurid masterpiece'
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 5:15 p.m
Reception to follow (OBS Lecture, see below)

Merton History of the Book Group joint meeting with Merton Chalcenterics

Wednesday 5 FEBRUARY Gian Piero Milani (DPhil student in Classical Archaeology, Merton College), 'Travelling, measuring and drawing Ancient Rome: mistakes, misinterpretations and misattributions in Antoine Desgodets’ Les edifices antiques de Rome (Paris 1682), a chained book from Merton’s Upper Library'

5pm, Merton College, TS Eliot Lecture Theatre

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the ‘chained book’ unchained.
Refreshments will follow the talk. All are welcome. 

The D F McKenzie Lecture 2020

Thursday 13 MARCH  'McKenzie 25 years on: anniversaries, legacies, reflections’
Professors Kathryn Sutherland; Dirk van Hulle; Peter McDonald.
Chair: Richard Ovenden
5 pm Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty, St Cross Building

Refreshments will follow the talk. All welcome. 

Bodleian Fellows Seminar 

Wednesday 26 FEBRUARY (Week 6), Jenna Marshall (University of Kassel), 'Creolising Fabians at the end of empire: contested visions of postwar development policies in the Caribbean and South East Asia' 

5:15, Visiting Scholars' Centre, Level 2, Weston Library

Refreshments will follow the talk. All welcome.

E.A. Lowe Lectures in Palaeography 2020

'The Hebrew-Latin Manuscripts of the Library of Corpus Christi College'

Professor Judith Schlanger will deliver the E A Lowe Lectures at 5pm on the following days in the MBI Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College.  Professor Schlanger, FBA, is President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, and Professor of Hebrew Manuscript Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. Her research interests include Hebrew palaeography, the analysis of legal documents in Hebrew characters in different parts of the medieval Jewish world from the Cairo Geniza to medieval England, and the study of Jewish book cultures and their contacts with non-Jewish intellectual environments in the East and the West.
Tuesday 25 FEBRUARY – “Two nations in their mother’s womb” – Hebrew-Latin manuscripts, their materiality and their purpose
Thursday 27 FEBRUARY – “Take the garment of a Jew” – bilingual manuscripts, their glosses and their Jewish background

Tuesday 3 MARCH – From “superscriptio Lincolniensis” to Prior Gregory – the difficult question of manuscripts’ provenance. 

Oxford Bibliographical Society Lectures 

Thursday 30 JANUARY, Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies, London), 'Hans Baldung (Grien) and Johann Schott: Rediscovering the most prolific colour printer of the Holy Roman Empire, 1510–1530'. Print viewing: Ashmolean Museum, New Douce Room (4-5pm); lecture: 5.30 pm Lincoln College, Lower Lecture Room 

Thursday 13 FEBRUARY, John Colley (Linacre College), 'Folly and folio: The printing of Alexander Barclay’s Shyp of Folys (1509)'
Corpus Christi College Auditorium, 5:15 p.m.

Monday 9 MARCH, Shiva Mihan (Harvard Art Museums/Bahari Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries), 'Piecing together a Timurid masterpiece'
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 5:15 p.m.
Reception to follow

Thursday 19 MARCH, Martyn Ould (The Old School Press), 'Printing books at OUP, 1660-1780, from author’s copy to printed sheets'
Oxford University Press, Conference Room, 5:15 p.m.

Thursday 14 MAY, Paul Nash (The Strawberry Press), The mystery of the Catholicon: Did Gutenberg invent stereotyping?
New College, Lecture Room 6, 5:15 p.m. 

Thursday 4 JUNE, Leverhulme Doctoral Students (University of Oxford, Humanities Division), Publication beyond printing (short talks)
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 5:15 p.m.

Thursday 11 JUNE, Anna Contadini (SOAS), Book culture of the Arab world in the Medieval period
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5:15 p.m.

Thursday  18 JUNE, Dirk Van Hulle (University of Oxford/Jesus College), Genetic Criticism and Bibliography: A Rapprochement
Lincoln College, Oakeshott Room, 5:15 p.m.


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