Rare Book School – A Fractured Inheritance: The Problems, Challenges, and Opportunities of Collecting Manuscript Fragments

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A 75-minute panel discussion followed by 15 minutes of Q&A scheduled for Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 5–6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom.

Due to Zoom’s restrictions, this event is limited to the first 300 people who register. The event will be recorded and made available for viewing on the RBS YouTube channel.

“Fragmentology” has emerged as one of the dominant subjects in the broader manuscript studies field as digital technologies have facilitated the identification, location, and reaggregation of widely dispersed individual folios originally from the same common manuscript. The reconstruction of broken manuscripts addresses questions across the spectrum of medieval book studies, including codicology, paleography, art historical and textual research, historical provenance, modern consumerism, and the contested and shifting value of manuscript fragments as either objects of connoisseurship or scholarship. Collecting fragments is a highly contentious topic, and this session will address it from institutional, private, commercial, and scholarly perspectives.

This event’s panelists are Tom Bredehoft, Lisa Fagin Davis, Rose A. McCandless, Yael Rice, and Jim Sims. Eric J. Johnson is moderating.

Everyone is welcome to attend. To ensure the security of the event, advance registration is required; to register, click here. Registration closes at 8 a.m. ET the day of the event.

Your registration will be automatically accepted. You will receive an email reminder the day before the event. The day of the event, we will send you the Zoom URL and password. Please direct any questions to RBS Programs at (rbs-events@virginia.edu).

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