Understanding the Medieval Book X with Erik Kwakkel

The University of South Carolina will hold its tenth annual seminar “Understanding the Medieval Book” on Monday and Tuesday, 6-7 April 2020. The specialist will be Dr. Erik Kwakkel, former Scaliger Chair at Leiden University in the Netherlands and now Professor of Book History at the iSchool, University of British Columbia. An international authority on medieval manuscripts and celebrated author of five books, most recently Books Before Print (2019), he specializes in early books as cultural media; the paleography, codicology and socio-historical context of medieval manuscripts; and the material culture of pre-modern Europe. For the seminar Erik proposes to explore the topic of “Understanding the Material Book.” He will also deliver an illustrated public lecture on Monday, 6 April, entitled, “How to Read a Medieval Book.”

Students, scholars, and librarians are all invited to enroll. Because participants will use this university’s collection of manuscripts, space is limited to 25 participants. Please apply early. DEADLINE: 15 January 2020.


Information and application materials can be found here and here.

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