Call for Papers – 41st Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

41st Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 17–18 October 2014

Vatican Film Library—Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections

Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

The Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies is organized annually by the Vatican Film Library and its journal, Manuscripta, and 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 in such areas as paleography, codicology, illumination, textual transmission, library history, cataloguing, and more.

2014 Guest Speaker: Richard H. Rouse (University of California, Los Angeles)


The Vatican Film Library invites submissions of papers in the following sessions at the 41st Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 17–18 October 2014.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please send a title and an abstract of not more than 200 words to Susan L’Engle ( by 15 February 2014. Each session consists of three 20-minute papers. If you are interested in organizing one of these sessions yourself, please contact us as soon as possible. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions.

For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or .  Conference information is posted at

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