SCRIPTO Workshops & Conferences

SCRIPTO Conference Erlangen (STE)

Libraries in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
Erlangen, 5th to 7th December 2018

Libraries are not only places where books are stored. They are also complex institutions which form nerve centers for communication networks. This also applies to the Middle Ages and the early modern period. Between Late Antiquity and early modernity, libraries did not change only in terms of their content. Their organization and function likewise changed dramatically. With the introduction of the printing press, furthermore, they had to confront a revolution in media. Led by internationally recognized specialists, the SCRIPTO conference at Erlangen will trace the development of library science from the Carolingians to the humanists and pay particular attention to the actors involved and their networks. The conference does not aim at completeness, but proposes to present various, important types of libraries from the eighth to the sixteenth century in their making.

The conference begins on the evening of 5 December with a guest lecture and a presentation of early medieval manuscripts in the original. On Thursday, 6 December, established experts will give introductions to the libraries of the mendicant orders (Luciano Cinelli), court libraries (Vanina Kopp), Cistercian libraries (Thomas Falmagne, Michele C. Ferrari), as well as the libraries of the humanists and intellectual elite of the early modern period (Nikolaus Henkel, Outi Merisalo). From the holdings of the University Library at Erlangen, select manuscripts from the Cistercian monastery of Heilsbronn (Franconia) will be shown in their original.

On Friday, 7 December, SCRIPTO participants will have two special sessions. In Neustadt an der Aisch Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari will present medieval and early modern parish libraries, before the group visits the local, late medieval library at the Church of St. Johannes in situ. The group will then proceed to the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg (Bettina Wagner), where they will consider not only the library preserved there of the Augustinian canons from Neunkirchen am Brand (Susanne Rischpler), but also the Bamberger Stiftsbibliothek (Stefan Knoch), founded in 1007 by Emperor Henry II. Select masterworks of scribal and book art will be shown in the original.

Participants will be awarded a certificate from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg detailing a workload equivalent to a maximum of 5 ECTS.

Those applicants accepted for the course will be charged €145 (Please note that accommodation is not included), the number of participants is limited. Please submit your application before 1st October 2018.

Application form can be downloaded here.
Please send your application including full CV by post to:

Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari
Mittellatein und Neulatein
Kochstr. 4/3
91054 Erlangen

or by e-mail to Dr. Stefan Weber.

For more details, please refer to the Chair for Medieval and Renaissance Latin at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Dr. Stefan Weber).

SCRIPTO Workshop Paris (SWSP)

The workshop is open to graduates in medieval studies. Teaching language will be English and French. A new date for the next SWSP has not yet been set.



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SCRIPTO Workshop Paris (SWSP)
Carolingian Writing Culture - 21th to 23th June 2017

In the Carolingian society, writing is a constant reference of the intellectual elite and it is not surprising that at that time the two senses of the word (writing as making of texts and as script) are narrowly linked. The workshop offered an introduction to the textual and visual strategies of the high middle ages. A concluding session with the manuscript treasures of the Bibliothèque nationale de France allowed participants a direct approach to Carolingian writing in all its forms. The workshop was open to graduates in medieval studies. It was jointly organized by the Chair for Medieval and Renaissance Latin at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen (FAU) (Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari) within the SCRIPTO Graduate Program, and by the BNF. Lecturers are Michael I. Allen (University of Chicago), Charlotte Denoël (BNF), Michele C. Ferrari (FAU), Rolf Grosse (Institut historique allemand) and Stefan Weber (FAU).