14th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop
“Bits and Pieces”
February 1-2, 2019
The fourteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, 2019, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with support from the Department of English and the Office of Research.
This year’s workshop explores the theme “Bits and Pieces.” Some manuscripts have survived the centuries bright, pristine, majestic, and complete; most have suffered at least some minor damage or loss; some manuscripts, however, seem no more than ragged scraps. They lack beginnings, or endings, or middles; they tantalize with their incompleteness. These fragments still have much to tell us, though they might make us work to learn it. The reader of manuscript fragments faces a broad array of problems – how to extrapolate missing text, how to fill the gaps in a page or a text, how to read a faded and worn leaf, how to combine separated fragments into a whole, how to represent the fragment in a modern edition in a way that renders it legible while still acknowledging its brokenness. Some fragments are already repaired, either bound into florilegia, rewritten by a well-meaning early reader, or patched and glued and restored in ways that sometimes obscure as much as they preserve; in such cases the modern reader may have to deconstruct an earlier reader’s traces before reconstructing the original text.
2019 Workshop Schedule:
Sessions will be held in the Great Room of the UT International House
Friday, February 1
8:30 am Registration
9:00 Opening remarks & welcome by Jay Rubenstein (Riggsby Director of Marco) and Roy Liuzza (English)
9:15 Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America) – “Otto Ege and Digital Fragmentology: Pedagogical Challenges and Scholarly Rewards”
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 William Duba (Institut des Etudes Médiévales, Université de Fribourg) – “Fragmentarium: A Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments”
12:30 Lunch – Location TBA
2:00 Jill Hamilton Clements (U of Alabama at Birmingham) – “Fragments of Memory: Piecing Together the Northumbrian Name-Stones”
3:15 Coffee break
3:30 Karen Desmond (Brandeis U) – “Torso: Contextualising the Fragmentary Remains of Fourteenth-century English Polyphony”
Saturday, February 2
9:30 am Chelsea Silva (U of California Riverside) – “Experience and Reason: The Narrative Remedy Collection of Donatus Antonius in BL MS Harley 4349”
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Scott Bevill (U of South Florida) – “What to do with Early Modern Transcriptions and Repairs in Old English Manuscripts?”
12:30 pm Lunch – International House Community Room
2:00 Synnøve Myking (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris) – “A Fragmentary History: Bit-sized Keys to Medieval Book Culture in Scandinavia”
3:15 Coffee break
3:30 Thomas Johnson (Princeton U) – “Bits and pieces of law? Legal ephemera in late-medieval England”
The workshop is open at no cost to anyone interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies.
There is no official registration required, but it would help us to know that you are planning to come so that we can get a better head count and can print you a name tag. Please email our Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Hodges-Kluck, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Past Manuscript Workshops
“Mind the Gaps”
“Texts at Work”
“Editions and E-ditions: New Tools for Old Texts”
“Unruly Letters & Unbound Texts”
“Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts”
“Texts in Motion”
“Everything but the Text”
“Marco Manuscript Workshop”