Understanding the Medieval Book: Preaching and Piety.

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A Seminar with Dr. Eric Johnson, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, OSU

Students, scholars and librarians are invited to enroll in a seminar on the medieval book, to be held at the University of South Carolina, 4-5 March 2013

Because this free seminar is a hands-on experience, space is limited to 25 participants.

What: “Understanding the Medieval Book” explores the layout and function of important medieval book-types. This year’s seminar covers manuscripts used for preaching and piety, including Books of Hours, breviaries, psalters, bibles, missals, sermon collections, devotional miscellanies, and manuals of pastoral care. Participants in this seminar will acquire a fundamental understanding of these medieval books and, by extension, be able to catalogue, publicize, and exploit them in designing courses on language, literature, history, history of the book, art history, and a host of other humanities subjects. Participants will use USC’s collection of approximately 130 medieval manuscripts and fragments, including the newly acquired Boyvin Hours.

Where: The Irvin Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hollings Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia. Participants will enjoy working a newly opened facility with integrated projection for broadcasting digital surrogates. The Hollings Library is central to campus, which is located in the center of the state’s capital city.

When: 4-5 March 2013: 9 am – 4 pm. An evening lecture at the Hollings Library on the Monday (4 March) with a reception to follow. The lecture is entitled, “Reintegrating the Disintegrated: Forms, Functions, and Utilities of Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Modern Scholarship.”

Who: Dr. Eric J. Johnson is the Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at The Ohio State University where he teaches widely across the University’s medieval and renaissance curriculum, with particular emphasis on manuscript studies and book history. He holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York (UK), and his research interests include medieval manuscript studies, book history (in all its forms), popular theology in the Middle Ages, and the pedagogical uses of primary source materials.

Cost: The seminar is free. Refreshments are offered at all breaks, but lunch and dinner are not provided. Participants may wish to stay locally at any of the area hotels. The Inn at Carolina, Claussen’s Inn, and Clarion Town House are recommended for proximity.


Source: @medievalpecia
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