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15th annual Marco Manuscript Workshop: The Ends of Manuscripts

The fifteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, 2020, 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.

For this year’s workshop, as a tribute to the 2020 McClung Museum exhibition Visions of the End (opening January 31), we will explore the theme “The Ends of Manuscripts.” We take this theme in the broadest possible sense, including consideration of the “ends” of manuscripts – whether their physical boundaries (colophons and explicits, incomplete texts, extrapolated texts, lost or added leaves, booklets and bindings), their purposes (texts written for particular patrons or communities, texts written for devotional or polemical ends, texts written as responses to other texts, texts prepared for or directed at someone or something), their fates (where texts have ended up, in libraries or private collections, in bindings or trash bins, framed on walls or preserved in digital repositories), or their early coexistence with and gradual replacement by printed books. Like detectives at a crime scene, we often must work backward from the “ends” of a manuscript to its life and origins; in these origins there may even lie some intimations of the manuscript’s future demise.

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work

 

2020 Workshop Schedule:

Information about the 2020 Workshop program will be available in early January on our website. Sessions will be held in the Great Room of the UT International House.

 

Registration Information:

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, as well as plan catering needs. Please email our Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Hodges-Kluck, at marco@utk.edu.

Saturday, February 1 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

International House, Great Room
1623 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN 37996

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