41st Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

vfl-scribe-bannerOctober 17–18, 2014

Saint Louis University

* Call for Papers *

The Vatican Film Library and its journal, Manuscripta, have organized the annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies since 1974 — now marking its 41st anniversary! It is the longest running conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. The two-day program each year offers sessions on a variety of themes relating to medieval book production, distribution, reception, and transmission — paleography, codicology, illumination, textual criticism, library history, cataloguing, and more.

Keynote speakers: Richard and Mary Rouse.

Described below are the three sessions open for submission of individual papers, and you are encouraged to take over the organization of a session yourself if you find it compelling. Each session consists of three 20-minute papers. Please send a title and abstract of 200 words or less to Susan L’Engle by February 15, 2014.

1) Captions and their Functions in Medieval Manuscripts

Captions may be found in a variety of manuscript genres and fulfill a range of functions. Papers could address their roles in explicating or defining texts and images and their transmitted messages—or could suggest and discuss their alternate dimensions.

2) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Depicting (and Stereotyping) Gender and Race

Papers in this session will focus on visual, rather than textual representations, drawing on images that illustrate chronicles, maps, narratives, and other expository works.

3) Games People Played

Medieval leisure hours were frequently spent in recreational activities: board and dice games, sporting events, and hunting and trapping excursions. Rather than simply describing these games and their activities, this session could be devoted to exploring the material and conceptual technology supporting these pursuits: traps, weapons, jousting equipment, dice and chess/checker pieces; strategies, procedures, and techniques—as expressed in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

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