Special Collections

44th Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

13-14  OCTOBER 2017


FRIDAY, 13 October 2017
Anheuser-Busch Auditorium of the John Cook School of Business

Registration and Breakfast – 8:30am

Session I – 9:00am

Antiquity Reimagined: Medieval Commentaries on Ancient Authors
Organizer: Amanda Gerber (Independent Scholar)

  • Lancôme, Clinique, Mary Kay: The Renaissance Reception of Ovid’s Cosmetics for Ladies
    Frank T. Coulson (The Ohio State University)
  • “What is it that we want to know?” The Manuscripts of Chalcidius’s Fourth-Century Latin Translation and Commentary in the Vatican: Plato's Timaeus in Rome, Vatican Library: The Influence of the Vocabulary Used, the Questions Raised, and the Answers Received
    Nancy van Deusen (Claremont Graduate University)
  • Mapping Epics in the Middle Ages
    Amanda Gerber (Independent Scholar)

Morning Break – 10:30am

Session II – 11:00am

Islamic Manuscripts
Organizer: Rochelle Kessler (Arizona State University)

  • Rumi: A Life in Miniatures
    John Renard (Saint Louis University)
  • Iskandar’s Ponderous Peregrinations: Textual and Iconographic Variations of the Alexander Romance in Pre- and Early Modern Persianate Literature
    Rochelle Kessler (Arizona State University)

Luncheon – 12:30pm
Pius XII Memorial Library, 2nd flr. gallery

Session III – 2:00pm

Manuscripts from Greater Asia
Organizer: Rochelle Kessler (Arizona State University)

  • A Sign to Guide Us in This World of Sorrows: The Role of Text in the Kumano Pilgrimage
    Sarah Gossett (Arizona State University)
  • Reading Medicine in the Margins: Najīb al-Dīn al-Samarqandī and his Descendants in Indian Yūnānī Medicine
    Deborah Schlein (Princeton University)
  • An Elegant Gathering Contained Within a Scroll: A Gift for Wu Songliang From His Faithful Friends
    Xiao Sheng (Arizona State University)

Afternoon Break – 3:30pm

Lowrie J. Daly, S.J., Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies – 4:00pm

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

Anheuser-Busch Auditorium of the John Cook School of Business

Breakfast – 8:30am

Session IV – 9:00am

Oriental Manuscripts Encountering European Traditions
Organizer: Amanda Gerber (Independent Scholar)

  • Manuscript Culture in the Medieval Egyptian Desert: Insights from Coptic-Arabic Bibles of the Anba Maqar Monastery
    David Calabro (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library)
  • Reproducing the Resurrection: From European Prints to Armenian Manuscripts (& more)
    Sylvie Merian (The Morgan Library and Museum)

Morning Break – 10:30am

Session V – 11:00am

Manuscripts from Little-Studied Contexts
Organizer: Susan L'Engle (Saint Louis University)

  • Scattered Leaves: Late Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Early Printed Books in the Missouri Botanical Garden Library, St. Louis
    Ruth Evans (Saint Louis University)
  • Mostassà’s Books: Unpublished Sources in the Crown of Aragon (XIII-XV century)
    Pablo José Alcover (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Mirrors of Society: Illuminated Choir Books for Utraquist Communities in Bohemia
    Maria Theisen (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Luncheon – 12:30pm
Pius XII Memorial Library, 2nd flr. gallery

Session VI – 2:00pm

Editing the Antique: Copies of Illustrated Antique and late Antique Manuscripts in the Long Tenth Century
Organizer: Sabine Utz (Université de Genève)

  • Setting New Accents to Late Antique Images: Illustrations of Prudentius’s Psychomachia around 900
    Sabine Utz (Université de Genève)
  • Is the Joshua Roll a Macedonian Facsimile?
    Barbara Crostini (Uppsala University)
  • Classical Protagonists in Medieval Postures: Body Language in Ottonian Images Illustrating Late Antique Texts
    Anna Boreczky (Hungarian Academy of Sciences - National Széchényi Library)

Afternoon Break – 3:30pm

Session VII – 4:00pm

Manuscript Patronage in Medieval Bologna
Organizer: Susan L'Engle (Saint Louis University)

  • A Cardinal for the Gratian: The Patron of the Decretum Gratiani (Vat. lat. 1366)
    Gianluca del Monaco (Università di Bologna)
  • A Different Kind of Patronage: Secondhand Textbooks for Students of the Law
    Susan L'Engle (Saint Louis University)

Close – 5:30pm