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N. Kıvılcım Yavuz

University Libraries
Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher
Primary office:
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
University of Kansas
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


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.

She posts about manuscripts on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @manuscriptsetc.

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


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

Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım, and Ricky Broome, eds. 2021. (Forthcoming) Transforming the Early Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Ian N. Wood. Books. Leeds: Kismet Press. http://kismet.press/portfolio/transforming-early-medieval-world/.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım. 2019. “Hernando Colón’s Book of Books: AM 377 Fol.” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). ArnamagnÆan Institute Manuscript of the Month. https://manuscript.ku.dk/motm/hernando-colons-book-of-books/.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım. 2019. “Judging A Book By Its Cover: Manuscripts with Limp Bindings in the Arnamagnæan Collection.” Book Chapters. In From Text to Artefact: Studies in Honour of Anne Mette Hansen, edited by Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Beeke Stegmann, and Seán D. Vrieland, 121–40. Leeds: Kısmet Press. http://kismet.press/portfolio/from-text-to-artefact/.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım. 2018. “From Caesar to Charlemagne.” Journal Articles. The Medieval History Journal 21 (2): 251–90. https://doi.org/10.1177/0971945818775372.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım, and Katrín Þórdís Driscoll. 2018. “Notes from the Sixteenth Century: AM 828 4to.” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). Arnamagnæan Institute Manuscript of the Month. https://manuscript.ku.dk/motm/notes-from-the-sixteenth-century/.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım. 2018. “Late Antique Accounts of the Trojan War: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Editions and Translations.” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). Transtextual Networks in the European Middle Ages: A Digital Corpus of the Trojan Narrative in Latin Manuscripts. https://www.transtextual.net/works/bibliography-editions-and-translations/.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım. 2017. “Early Modern Translations into Latin and Manuscripts as Scholarly Editions: The Case of AM 922 4to.” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). Arnamagnæan Institute Manuscript of the Month. https://manuscript.ku.dk/motm/hrolfs_saga_by_am.
Yavuz, N. Kıvılcım. 2016. “Late Antique Accounts of the Trojan War: A Comparative Look at the Manuscript Evidence.” Journal Articles. Pecia. Le Livre et l’écrit 17: 149–70. https://doi.org/10.1484/j.pecia.5.111766.

Selected Presentations

Yavuz, N. K. (7/6/2021). More than the Sum of Its Parts: Cataloguing Physical Attributes of Manuscripts. International Medieval Congress 2021. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Yavuz, N. K. (6/25/2021 - 6/28/2021). The Long History of the Trojan Brutus: The Translingual Manuscript Evidence. Brut in New Troy
Yavuz, N. K. (5/11/2021). Medieval Manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Phillippica at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library of the University of Kansas. 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Yavuz, N. K., Agostini, C., Beneš, C., Ingallinella, L., Morreale, L., & Westerby, M. J. (4/15/2021). New Technologies and Renaissance Studies VII: Digital Collaborative Editing Best Practices: View from La Sfera. Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting Virtual 2021
Yavuz, N. K. (4/14/2021). 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
Yavuz, N. K. (11/23/2019). 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP36HSpzg&t=3778s
Yavuz, N. K. (3/8/2019). 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
Yavuz, N. K. (8/17/2018). Manuscripts in Context: The Trojan Narrative in the Icelandic Saga Tradition. 17th International Saga Conference. University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland
Yavuz, N. K. (7/4/2018). The Story of Troy: Facts and Figures, or Texts and Manuscripts. International Medieval Congress 2018. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Yavuz, N. K. (4/11/2018). 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
Yavuz, N. K. (3/8/2018). The Story of Troy in Medieval Manuscripts. 20th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. New College, Sarasota, FL, USA
Yavuz, N. K. (10/7/2017). 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
Yavuz, N. K. (7/5/2017). 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
Yavuz, N. K. (3/23/2017). Looking Back at the Fifth Century: Revisiting the Origin of the Franks. Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XII. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

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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