Seminar: Understanding the Medieval Book

Seminar: Understanding the Medieval Book


A Seminar with DR. TIMOTHY GRAHAM, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of New Mexico, and co-author of ‘Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Students, scholars and librarians are invited to enroll  in a seminar on the medieval book, to be held at the University of South Carolina, 7-8 April 2014.
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 manuscript 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 in 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.




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