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Marco Manuscript Workshop

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16th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop

“Immaterial Culture”

February 5-6, 2021

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About

The sixteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2021, on the theme of “Immaterial Culture.” Sessions will meet virtually via Zoom. The workshop is led by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with support from the UT Department of English.

Manuscript image of five heads surrounded by text boxes

BL Harley MS 647 f. 13v

 

This year’s workshop will consider some of the recent challenges that researchers have faced with the suspension of travel, the closing of libraries and universities, and the quarantine restrictions that have kept so many of us in our homes. How can our field, which has always emphasized the importance of physical place and tactile artifacts, work successfully in isolation and at a distance? What does it mean for us when our work takes place in an incorporeal world of light and numbers rather than ink and flesh, in matrices of data rather than dusty rooms? We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of this “immaterial culture,” and think about how our work is shaped by access or lack of access to manuscripts, texts, catalogues, and objects. 

 
The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. This year’s workshop will be virtual, but we hope to retain as much of the format and the flavor of our in-person meetings as possible. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project. 
 
 

.2021 Workshop Schedule

Sessions will be held virtually.

Note: Times/sessions subject to change

DAY ONE 
Friday February 5

10:00-11:45 EST

15:00-16:45 GMT

Erin Sweany, Vassar College

“Wellcome 406 and Hands-Off Codicology”

11:45-1:00 EST

Break

1:00-2:45 EST

18:00-19:45 GMT

Rosie Maxton & Lucy Parker, University of Oxford

“Fragments of a Chaldean Family History: Collaborative Research on (Virtual) Eastern Christian Manuscripts in the Time of COVID-19”

2:45-3:00 EST

Break

3:00-4:45 EST

20:00-21:45 GMT

Erica Weaver, UCLA

“Glossing for Attention in the Lambeth and Royal Psalters”

 
DAY TWO
Saturday February 6

10:00-11:45 EST

15:00-16:45 GMT

Giovanni Varelli, University of Oxford

“Managing Frustration Positively: Working with Early-Medieval Liturgical Chant Palimpsests”

11:45-1:00 EST

Break

1:00-2:45 EST

18:00-19:45 GMT

Kelin Michael, Emory University

“Digitization, Funding, and (lack of) Travel: New Approaches to an Art Historical, Object-Based Dissertation during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

2:45-3:00 EST

Break

3:00-4:45 EST

20:00-21:45 GMT

Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar

“Of Manuscripts, Merchants, Monsters, and Maps, or: Creating Virtual Research Spaces for Medievalists”

BONUS CONCURRENT EVENT!

Do you love maps, mapping, & manuscripts? Come join us for a special digital mapping event!

Mapping La Sfera is a 2-day digital breakout event, running concurrently with the Manuscript Workshop and led by Laura Morreale. Participants will use the time outside of the regularly scheduled Workshop program (above) to map locales named in three manuscript versions of a 15th century Italian geographic treatise, Goro Dati’s La Sfera. The group will share the results of their project during the final session of the Workshop. Details on this special breakout event can be found here. Please sign up by Monday, February 1. Limited to 15 participants.

 


Registration Information:

The Manuscript Workshop is open at no cost to anyone interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. In order to keep the virtual sessions manageable, space will be limited to 50 participants.

NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED.

Please email our Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Hodges-Kluck, at marco@utk.edu, with questions.

Illustration of the longest constellation in the sky, Eridanus or river god with his body formed of text or scholia.

BL Harley MS 647 f. 10v

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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.


Poster for the 2020 Ends of Manuscripts Workshop

2020

“The Ends of Manuscripts”

2019

 

“Bits and Pieces”

2018
“Transmission”
2017
“Envisioning Knowledge”
  2016
“Performing Texts”
2015
“Mind the Gaps”
  2014
“Textual Communities”
  2013
“Texts at Work”
  2012
“Readers”
  2011
“Editions and E-ditions: New Tools for Old Texts”
  2010
“Unruly Letters & Unbound Texts”
  2009
“Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts”
  2008
“Texts in Motion”
  2007
“Everything but the Text”
  2006
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