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Monday 2 December

Manuscript Mondays – Manuscript Research without Manuscripts?

Locatie Leiden University Library, Vossius Room
Aanvang/einde 15.15 hours until 17.00 hours

We cordially invite you all to come to the third Manuscript Monday. Please spread the word to all whose hearts quicken when they see medieval books!

Cornelis van Lit (PostDoc at Utrecht University, Religious Studies) will talk about how digitized manuscripts can be used for research, or are even preferable to actual manuscripts for some of the research questions we may want to tackle. Drawing from his new book Among Digitized Manuscripts: Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World (Brill, 2019), he will give examples of this approach, using images of Oriental manuscripts from his own field of Islamic Studies.

Krista Murchison (UD of English and French Medieval Literature at Leiden University) will talk about the remarkable story of Leiden’s manuscript collections during the Second World War. This talk will showcase some of the precious manuscripts that the occupiers tried to remove from Leiden’s Library, but that narrowly escaped looting because of the quick thinking of one archivist. Thankfully, they remain with us today.

The talks will be followed by a pop-up exhibition showing relevant Oriental and Western manuscripts.

Entrance is free, but please register via Eventbrite (registration is quick and easy), so that we can keep track of the size of the audience.
We look forward to seeing you in Leiden!

‘Huygens Manuscript Group’