Special Collections

39th Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

12–13  OCTOBER 2012


FRIDAY, 12 October 2012
Père Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall, 2nd flr.

Registration and Breakfast – 8:00am

Opening Remarks – 8:50am

Session I – 9:00am

Theophilus Revisited
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)

  • Rethinking Artistic Skill: Craft and Virtue in “On Diverse Arts”
    Heidi Gearhart (Busch-Reisinger museum, Harvard Art Museums)

  • Early Medieval Written Craft Recipes as Sources for Historical Research
    Thea Burns (Independent Scholar)

  • “It’s Not Easy Being Green”: A Technical and Cultural Study of Green Pigments Used in Illuminated Manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum
    Kristine Rose (The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

Morning Break – 10:30am

Session II – 11:00am

The Art and Science of the Body
Organizer: Ruth Evans (Saint Louis University)

  • Keeping Time: Diagrammatic Bodies in Medieval English Medicine
    Julie Orlemanski (Boston College)

  • Image and Text in Early Fourteenth-Century Wound Men
    Ashley Nolan (Saint Louis University)

  • Ineffable Flesh: Artistic Imagination and Ethereal Beings in Late Medieval Manuscripts
    Sherry C.M. Lindquist (Western Illinois University)

Luncheon – 12:30pm
Ad libitum
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Session III – 2:00pm

Organizer: David Gura (University of Notre Dame)

  • The Intrusion of Documentary Scripts into Book Hands of School Texts: A Case Study
    David Gura (University of Notre Dame)

  • From Caroline to Gothic: Tracing the Birth of a New Script
    Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University)

  • Helyas de Bosco, Scribe of the “Lumen confessorum” of Andreas de Escobar (Columbus, OH, William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, MS Lat. 5)
    Frank Coulson (The Ohio State University)

Afternoon Break – 3:30pm


  • David Ganz (Independent Scholar)
    The Importance of Half Uncial Script

    Sponsored in association with the Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Reception – 5:30–7:00pm
Samuel E. Cupples House

Père Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall, 2nd flr.

Breakfast – 8:30am

Session IV – 9:00am

New Discoveries in Armenian Manuscripts
Organizers: Tamar m. Boyadjian (University of California, Los Angeles)
Sylvie Merian (The Morgan Library & Museum)

  • Armenian Prayer Scrolls: “Hmayil” from the Minasian Collection of the University of California, Los Angeles Library
    Kristen St. John (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • A Recently Discovered Armenian Manuscript among the Caro Minasian “Ephemera” Material at University of California, Los Angeles
    Tamar M. Boyadjian (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • The Society of Foliophiles, Otto Ege, and the Dispersal of Armenian Manuscript Leaves
    Sylvie Merian (The Morgan Library & Museum)

Morning Break – 10:30am

Session V – 11:00am

Writing the Scribe
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)

  • Towards a Portrait of a Late-Medieval Mastermind: Jean Miélot
    Elizabeth Moodey (Vanderbilt University)

  • The Role of the Scribe in the Letters of Paul
    David Trobisch (American Bible Society)

  • The Struggles of Scribes: Messages from Late-Medieval Italy
    Rebecca W. Corrie (Bates College)

Luncheon – 12:30pm
Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall, 4th flr.

Session VI – 1:45pm

Work in Progress
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)

  • Manuscript Access in a Digital Age
    William Noel (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Digital Scriptorium Today and Tomorrow
    Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University)

Afternoon Break – 3:00pm

Session VII – 3:30pm

Fragments and the Fragmenting of Manuscripts
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)

  • “Hacked all to Pieces”: The Mutilation of Venetian “Mariegole” in the Modern Era
    Lyle Humphrey (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

  • “Unica nel suo genere”: Abbé Celotti’s Cabinet of Sistine Chapel Miniatures
    Anne-Marie Eze (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

  • “Find Me a Book to Break into Pieces”: The Calculus of Greed, Manuscript Destruction, and the Reconstruction of the Hornby-Cockerell Bible (OSU MS Lat. 14)
    Eric J. Johnson (The Ohio State University)

  • Crowdsourcing the Medieval Text: New Avenues for Examining Leaves and Fragments
    Micah Erwin (University of Texas, Austin)

Closing Remarks – 5:30pm