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2023 Manuscript Workshop

18th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop

“Writing the World”

February 3-4, 2023

Hereford Mappa Mundi

Hereford Mappa Mundi (c.1300)



The eighteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Charles Sanft (History) and Roy M. Liuzza (English) and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

Manuscripts bear the marks of the time and place of their creation. While many remain rooted to their place of origin, others range widely in the world as gifts, devotional objects or collectible treasures. The 2023 Marco Manuscript Workshop explores manuscripts that connect readers to the world or that record encounters between people in different places, reflecting attempts to understand the world, its shape, and its centers and margins. 

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, epigraphy, or similar topics. Individual sessions will be devoted to each project; presenters will introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with the material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants.


2023 Workshop Schedule


All events take place in the West Wing (Fourth Floor), Haslam Business Building, 1000 Volunteer Blvd, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The event is free and open to the public.


Friday, February 3

8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am Opening remarks & welcome from Gregor Kalas (Riggsby Director of the Marco Institute) and Roy Liuzza
Session One
9:15am Justin Arnwine, University of Toronto: “Wreck on the Nile: Reconstructing the Earliest Homiliary of Jacob of Serugh and its Successes and Pitfalls”
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Gunseli Gurel, Oxford University: “Ancient Remains and Distant Times in Ottoman Illustrations of Marvels and Magic”
12:30pm Lunch
Session Two
2:00 Megan Bryson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: “Commenting on Kingship: Buddhist Manuscripts in the Dali Kingdom (937-1253)”
3:15 Coffee Break
3:30 Gosia Citko-DuPlantis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: “How Japan Stabilized its First Vernacular Classic, Man’yōshū (759-785): Nishi Honganju-bon Manuscript and Beyond”

Saturday, February 4

8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
Session One
9:00am Sarah Ifft Decker, Rhodes College: “Brides Across Borders: Travel in Jewish Notarial Marriage Contracts of the Late Medieval Mediterranean”
10:15 Coffee Break
10:45 Guillermo Pupo Pernet, University of Arkansas: “Social Space: Marco Polo and the Hereford Map”
12:00pm Lunch
Session Two
1:30pm Kristina Kummerer, University of Notre Dame: “Paste-Overs, Partial Leaves, and Marginalia: Liturgical change and Transmission in the MSS of the Collegiate Church of St Waudru, Mons”
2:45 Coffee Break
3:00 Dagmar Riedel, Columbia University: “The Visible Hand of the Book Market around 1800: Strategies of Repair and Recycling in Persian Manuscript Books”

Additional Information:

For in-person events, visitor parking is located in the Volunteer Hall Garage (1545 White Ave.). Further details about UT visitor parking are available at the Parking & Transit Services website.

Free street parking is available in the neighborhoods around campus (e.g. Fort Sanders), but cannot be guaranteed. Guests can also get to campus via the free trolley from downtown.

The campus map is available online here.

Please contact Roy Liuzza or the Marco Institute for more information.