Texts and Contexts Conference

November 15-16, 2013
Ohio State University


*Provisional Program*

November 15, 2013

9:00 – 9:15 am   Welcome

9:15 – 10:45 am 

Session I: Latin Texts and Their Progeny

Moderator: Anna A. Grotans (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University).

  • Caroline Stark: Lorenzo Bonincontri as Commentator (Department of Classics, Howard University)
  • Amanda J. Gerber: Grammatical and Rhetorical Paraphrases in Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense 1369 and Oxford, Merton College 299 (Department of Languages and Literature, Eastern New Mexico University)
  • Michael Meckler: Designer Dogs’ in an Illustrated Manuscript of Ps.-Oppian’s Cynegetica (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

11:15 am – 12:45 pm 

Session II: Script and Manuscripts

Moderator: Quinn Radziszewski (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

  • Ainoa Castro Correa: The Galician Visigothic Script, A New Regional Variant? (Postdoctoral Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)
  • Elizabeth Ashman Rowe: Scribe and Script in a Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Book of Annals (Department of ASNC Studies, University of Cambridge)
  • Erika Nuti: Lost and Found: The Turin National Library and the Achievements of the Greek Books Project (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy)

2:00 – 3:30 pm  

Session III: Medieval Latin Texts

Moderator: Michael Jean (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

  • Scott G. Bruce: Relatio sancti Maioli de duobus ducibus: Prayer for the Dead and its Rewards in an Unstudied Cluniac Story Cycle from the Twelfth Century (Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • Tomás O’Sullivan & Alexander Giltner: The Reference Bible’s Praefatio euangelii: Editing the Principal Textual Witness to an Amorphous Tradition (Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University)
  • Tina Chronopoulos: A Latin-German version of the Passion of St. Katherine of Alexandria (Classical and Near Eastern Studies, State University of New York Binghamton)

4:00 – 5:00 pm   Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture

Introduction: Richard Fletcher (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

Julia Haig Gaisser: Excuses, Excuses: Racy Poetry from Catullus to Joannes Secundus (Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr)

November 16, 2013

10:00 – 11:30 am 

Session IV: Medieval Vernacular Texts

Moderator:  John Richards (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

  • Jos A.A.M. Biemans: The Manuscript Tradition of Jacob van Maerlant’s Spiegel historiael  (Department of Book History and Manuscript Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Jacob Thaisen: A Survey of Middle English Allographs (Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger, Norway)
  • Delphine Mercuzot: Caxton’s Recueil and ulterior manuscripts (Département des Manuscrits, Bibliothèque National de France)

12:00 – 1:00 pm   

Session V: Varia

Moderator: William Little (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

  • Giorgi Kavtaradze: Prester John: Identity in Greek and Georgian Medieval Manuscripts (Department of History, St. Andrew the First Called Georgian University)
  • Teshager Habtie: The Archaeological and Philological Approaches to Studying Epigraphic Sources towards Reconstructing the Dark-Ages (8thc-12th c A.D) in Ethiopian History (Addis Ababa University)

2:15 – 3:15 pm   

Session VI: Varia

Moderator:  Frank T. Coulson (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

  • Matthew Giancarlo: Manuscripts and Contexts of the Works of Peter Idley, c. 1450 (Department of English, University of Kentucky)
  • Thomas Bredehoft:  Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie’s Copy of The Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records (Independent Scholar)

3:15 – 3:30   Closing remarks

[The CFP deadline was August 15]. Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. 
In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years. 



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