The Application of the Digital Humanities to the Transmission, Preservation, and
Dispersal of the European Written Heritage between the 15th and 16th Centuries
Oxford scholars and digital projects lead the way in the fields of the transmission of written heritage, the history of libraries, and in the development of cutting-edge digital tools, funded by important institutions and in collaboration with research libraries in Europe and the United States.
The Summer School will involve a series of:
- Four visits (Merton, Lincoln, and All Souls College Libraries; Bodleian Library)
- Seven lectures
- Eleven hours of workshops on primary sources and specialist databases.
- Poster session, where participants involved in other, relevant, projects can discuss their project and how it fits the objectives of the Summer School.
This resource brings together two standard research tools for medieval libraries: Neil Ker’s Medieval Libraries of Great Britain and the British Academy series, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues. MLGB3 is a comprehensive project that reconstructs the contents of medieval institutional libraries by uniting two categories of evidence for the medieval provision of books: first, the extant library catalogues and booklists and other documentary sources; and second, the surviving books themselves that bear evidence on which a judgement of provenance can be made. A key component is the List of Identifications, the cumulative index of identified authors and works, which contains more than 30,000 entries for provenanced copies of about 7,500 texts, and it is still growing.
A database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. Locating and dating any of these elements enables the movement of books across Europe and the US to be tracked throughout the centuries, from place of production to the books’ present locations.
Continuing the pioneering text descriptions of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula, Bod-inc, this database is designed to host and make searchable the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century, including secondary works and paratext.
CERL’s Thesaurus and other resources for Provenance Research
|Bodleian Rare Books Curators|
|Irene Ceccherini - Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies and Dilts Research Fellow, Lincoln College|
|Sarah Cusk - Antiquarian Cataloguer, Lincoln College|
|Geri Della Rocca de Candal - 15cBOOKTRADE, Lincoln College|
|Cristina Dondi - PI 15cBOOKTRADE, Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanites, Lincoln College|
|Rahel Fronda - Hebrew Antiquarian Cataloguer, Lincoln College|
|Ian Maclean - Prof. of Renaissance Studies, All Souls College|
|Matilde Malaspina - 15cBOOKTRADE, Lincoln College|
|Sabrina Minuzzi - 15cBOOKTRADE|
|Gaye Morgan - Librarian, All Souls College|
|Richard Ovenden - Bodley’s Librarian|
|Maria Alessandra Panzanelli Frantoni - 15cBOOKTRADE|
|Fiona Piddock - Librarian, Lincoln College|
|Richard Sharpe - Prof. of Diplomatic, Faculty of Modern History|
|Julia Walworth - Fellow Librarian, Merton College|
|James Willoughby - Project Director, MLGB3, Faculty of Modern History|
|Henry Woudhuysen - Rector of Lincoln College|
The full programme can be viewed here.
The school is intended for early career scholars who want to specialise in the use of primary sources for historical research on the history of the book/knowledge; the transmission and reception of texts; the formation and dispersal of heritage collections; digital humanities applied to data relating to the mediaeval and early modern period. Specialist librarians working and caring for similar collection material. New contributors to databases created by the 15cBOOKTRADE Project (Material Evidence in Incunabula; TEXT-inc).
Cost: The school will charge student fees of 150 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford.
Accommodation: at participant’s expense. There will be a limited number of Lincoln College rooms (in Turl Street and Museum Road) available for booking, starting from £60 per night for an en-suite single.
Breakfast and Lunch: included in the School’s fee.
Dinners: at participant’s expense. One dinner in College, others in town. Breakfast and lunches arranged via College.
Applicants are requested to send to Dr Mikus at firstname.lastname@example.org their curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) and explain their interest for attending the summer school.
To view the flyer for the Summer School, please click here.
You can find out more about the manuscript and printed book, as seen in the leaflet, here.