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N. Kivilcim Yavuz

Special Collections, Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher
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Summary

Kıvılcım is the first Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher of the 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. She is also engaged in outreach especially through digital means and social media as well as instruction activities to increase awareness and understanding of these resources. Previously, she was Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen working on Latin manuscripts in the Arnamagnæan Collection. 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 (http://transtextual.net/).

She has taught undergraduate-level courses on the history of the late antique, medieval and Renaissance Europe as well as on medieval European literature, and postgraduate-level courses on manuscript studies and digital humanities in Leeds, Copenhagen, Reykjavík and Leipzig.

More information may be found here: https://nkyavuz.com/biography/

Education

PhD in Medieval Studies, Institute for Medieval Studies, School of History, University of Leeds, UK

MA in Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, UK

BA in Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, İstanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Selected Publications

Ed. (with R. Broome): Transforming the Early Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Ian N. Wood. Leeds: Kısmet Press, forthcoming.

“Judging A Book by Its Cover: Manuscripts with Limp Bindings in the Arnamagnæan Collection.” In From Text to Artefact: Studies in Honour of Anne Mette Hansen. Ed. K. A. Kapitan, B. Stegmann, S. D. Vrieland. Leeds: Kısmet Press, 2019. 121–40. [open access]

“Hernando Colón’s Book of Books: AM 377 fol.” Arnamagnæan Institute Manuscript of the Month. 15 April 2019. [open access] [also in Danish translation]

(with K. Þ. Driscoll) “Notes from the Sixteenth Century: AM 828 4to.” Arnamagnæan Institute Manuscript of the Month. 15 October 2018. [open-access] [also in Danish translation]

“From Caesar to Charlemagne: The Tradition of Trojan Origins.” The Medieval History Journal: Special issue on Narratives of Ethnic Origins: Eurasian Perspectives. Ed. W. Pohl. 21: 2 (2018): 251–90. DOI: 10.1177/0971945818775372 [green open access]

“Early Modern Translations into Latin and Manuscripts as Scholarly Editions: The Case of AM 922 4to.” Arnamagnæan Institute Manuscript of the Month. 15 November 2017. [open access] [also in Danish translation]

“Late Antique Accounts of the Trojan War: A Comparative Look at the Manuscript Evidence.” Pecia. Le livre et l’écrit: Special issue on Le manuscrit, entre écriture et texte. 17 (2016 for 2014): 149–70. DOI: 10.1484/J.PECIA.5.111766 [green open access]

Selected Presentations

“Medieval Manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Phillippica at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library of the University of Kansas.” 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA, 7–10 May 2020. (refereed; forthcoming)

“The Missing Piece of Hernando Colón’s Library: Copenhagen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, AM 377 fol.” 18th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts. University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22–24 Apr 2020. (refereed; forthcoming)

“Ferdinand Columbus and the Rise and Fall of His Biblioteca Colombina.” 22nd Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. New College, Sarasota, FL, USA, 12–14 Mar 2020. (refereed)

“From Medieval Booklists to Digital Catalogues: Manuscript Data Then and Now.” 12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 21–23 Nov 2019. (invited; forthcoming)

“The Making of Ferdinand Columbus’s Book of Epitomes: Marginalia in København, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, AM 377 fol.” International Medieval Congress 2019. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 3 Jul 2019. (refereed)

“Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Digital Facsimiles vs. Digital Catalogues of Manuscripts.” 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 7-9 Mar 2019. (refereed)

“Manuscripts in Context: The Trojan Narrative in the Icelandic Saga Tradition.” 17th International Saga Conference. University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, 17 Aug 2018. (refereed)

“The Story of Troy: Facts and Figures, or Texts and Manuscripts.” International Medieval Congress 2018. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 4 Jul 2018. (refereed)

“Patterns and Outliers: Late Antique Trojan Narratives in Medieval Manuscript Compilations.” 17th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts. University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 Apr 2018. (refereed)

“The Story of Troy in Medieval Manuscripts.” 21st Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. New College, Sarasota, FL, USA, 8 Mar 2018. (refereed)

“The Story of the Trojan Origins of the Franks: A Carolingian Legacy?” 44th Annual New England Medieval Conference. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, 7 Oct 2017. (refereed)

“From Dares of Phrygia to Geoffrey of Monmouth: The Trojan Origins of the British in Manuscripts.” International Medieval Congress 2017. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 5 Jul 2017. (refereed)

“Looking Back at the Fifth Century: Revisiting the Origin of the Franks.” Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XII. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 23 Mar 2017. (refereed)

“A New Look at the Trojan Heritage of the Franks.” Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages XX: New Directions in the Early Middle Ages I. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria, 2 Mar 2017. (invited)

“The Art of History-Making in Eighth-Century Francia: The Case of Historia Daretis Frigii de origine Francorum.” Collecting Knowledge, Creating Knowledge: Medieval Miscellanies between Authorial Strategies and Selective Reception. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 27 Feb 2016. (invited)

“The Transformation of Troy from Homer to Fredegar.” International Medieval Congress 2015. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 6 Jul 2015. (refereed)

“Texts in Context: Troy in Medieval Manuscripts before 1100.” Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages XVIII. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 14 Dec 2014. (invited)

“The Trojan Narrative and the Making of the Regnum Francorum.” International Medieval Congress 2014. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 7 Jul 2014. (refereed)

“Writing the Past Anew: The Trojan Narrative in Early Medieval Culture.” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA, 11 May 2014. (refereed)

“‘The Past is a Foreign Country’: The Significance of Troy in Early Medieval European Historiography.” I Encontro Internacional de História Antiga e Medieval na Amazônia. Universidade Federal do Pará, Bragança, Brazil, 8 Apr 2014. (invited)

Research Interests

  • Digital humanities
  • Manuscript studies
  • History of the book
  • Historiography
  • Textual transmission
  • Reception of the story of Troy in the Middle Ages

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