9 am to 5 pm
This workshop introduces beginning graduate students to some technical aspects of the study of European culture during the Middle Ages. It is suitable for students with concentrations in literature (of any European language), history, art history, medieval studies, manuscript studies, history of the book, and other relevant disciplines.
- an orientation to the codicological study of medieval manuscript books as physical objects
- an outline of the history of medieval Latin scripts and abbreviations, with a paleography practicum
- an overview of issues in ancillary disciplines including diplomatics, prosopography, and digital humanities
- an introduction to the resources for medieval studies available at the Newberry, both original manuscript sources and printed editions.
Learn more about the workshop director: Karen Christianson, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
8:30 – 9 Coffee and Introductions
9 – 9:15 Obtain Newberry Reader Cards
9:20-10:30 Session 1
- The archaeology of a medieval book
10:30 – 12:30 Session 2
- Introduction to Latin paleography, with practicum
12:30 – 1:30 Catered Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Session 3
- Genres of medieval books and documents
- Diplomatics, prosopography, and other ancillary disciplines
2:30 – 4 Session 4
- Library tour and orientation
- Hands-on session with medieval manuscripts
4 – 5 Session 5
- Medieval sources at the Newberry, manuscript and printed
- Digital sources for medieval studies
We encourage students to arrive a day or two early to work on personal research in the Reading Rooms; they are open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 9 am to 1 pm Saturday.
Eligibility: This workshop is open to graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program, at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions. No language prerequisites, though some exposure to Latin would be helpful.
Travel funding: Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.
The application deadline has passed.