Workshops on Medieval Manuscripts, Spring 2020
Dr. N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher at Kenneth Spencer Research Library, will be conducting a series of three workshops focusing on medieval manuscripts. The workshops explore the material nature of the medieval manuscript book while looking at current trends in manuscript studies. The aim of the workshops is to provide the participants the basic skills to examine a manuscript as well as an understanding of medieval book history and medieval book-making practices. Each workshop will feature a one-hour lecture followed by an hour of hands-on work.
All workshops will take place at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Workshops are open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. No previous experience in working with manuscripts is required. Spaces are limited and participants are asked to register separately for each workshop below.
The workshops are organized by Kenneth Spencer Library and supported by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities.
Format, Design and Function of Medieval Manuscripts
February 28, 2020
10a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.
This workshop offers an introduction to key terms and concepts of codicology of manuscripts in the Middle Ages, including a hands-on session with the western medieval manuscripts held at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. It focuses on the manuscript book as a physical object and discusses the materials used for the production of the medieval book as well as the decision-making processes involved in putting together a codex.
Layout, Script and Decoration of Medieval Manuscripts
March 20, 2020
10a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. POSTPONED
This workshop offers an introduction to key terms and concepts of paleography of manuscripts in the Middle Ages, including a hands-on session with the western medieval manuscripts held at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. It focuses on the mis-en-page and contents of the medieval book and discusses the interplay between text and image, including an overview of types of scripts.
Medieval Manuscripts and the Digital Age
April 10, 2020
10a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. POSTPONED
This workshop considers the ways in which the digital age has impacted the field of manuscript studies in the last two decades, including a hands-on session with digital tools and western medieval manuscripts held at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. It showcases contemporary digital humanities projects and digital resources related to manuscripts as well as discussing the opportunities and challenges presented by digital tools when it comes to the study of the manuscript book. Participants are asked to bring in their own laptops for this workshop.
For further information please get in touch with the instructor: Dr. N. Kıvılcım Yavuz.
N. Kıvılcım Yavuz is the first Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher of Kenneth Spencer Research Library. She works on enhancing access to the library’s substantial holdings of medieval and early modern European manuscripts by conducting research and creating detailed digital catalog records for the pre-1600 manuscripts. Previously, she was Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen. Her work on Latin manuscripts in the Arnamagnæan Collection resulted in the rediscovery of a long-thought-to-be-lost library catalog of Ferdinand Columbus among other findings. Between August 2016 and August 2018, she was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen, working on her EU-funded project entitled “Transtextual Networks in the European Middle Ages: A Digital Corpus of the Trojan Narrative in Latin Manuscripts,” during when she created a catalog of around 300 manuscripts (transtextual.net). She has a BA in Comparative Literature (Istanbul) and an MA and a PhD in Medieval Studies (Leeds). She has taught courses on the history of the late antique, medieval and Renaissance Europe, medieval European literature, manuscript studies and digital humanities in Leeds, Copenhagen, Reykjavík and Leipzig.