Texts and Contexts Conference, October 21-22, 2016

Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street

Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years. 

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture 2016: Gregory Hays, University of Virginia

Hotel accommodations:

We have arranged for a block of rooms at The Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH 43210, toll free phone: 866-247-4003. The hotel is on the Ohio State campus and is an easy walk or campus bus ride to the conference. Just let them know you are with Texts and Contexts.

Rooms are also be available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (for online reservations), 3045 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202, direct phone: 614-447-1212, toll free phone: 1-800-465-4329. The conference rate is $109/night.  There is a shuttle service to transport you to and from campus. Let them know you are with Texts and Contexts.

Tentative Program:

Friday, October 21, 2016 

  • 9:30-9:45 am – Welcome

Frank T. Coulson (Director of Palaeography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

  • 9:45-11:15 am - Session I: Mythography in the Middle Ages

Organizer and Moderator:  Jamie Fumo (Florida State University)

Leah Schwebel (Texas State University): Invention and the Literary Tradition of Troy

Jamie Fumo (Florida State University): Dreaming in Vernacular: Morpheus and Medieval Participatory Fiction 

Christopher Jensen (Florida State University): “En l'aage de quinze ans”: The Figure of Hector in BL Harley 4431

  • 11:15-11:40 – Break
  • 11:40 am-1:00 pm – Session II: Glossed Manuscripts

Moderator:  Michael Meckler (Permanent Fellow, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

Anna A. Grotans (The Ohio State University): ‘Trivial’ Classroom Texts

Leslie Lockett (The Ohio State University): Carolingian Glossed Manuscripts of Augustine’s Soliloquia and their Relationship to the Old English Soliloquies

Haruko Momma (Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame): Cynewulf’s Epilogues as Paratexts; or How to Do Things with Saints

  • 1:00-2:30 pm – Lunch
  • 2:30-3:30 pm – Session III: Charles L. Babcock Memorial Session

Moderator: Frank T. Coulson (Director of Palaeography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

Gene Baron (Ph.D., The Ohio State University; St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, MA): The Laudatio Turiae and the Real Marcus Aemilius Lepidus

Tina Chronopoulos (Binghamton University, SUNY): Money is Evil - 12th-Century Commentaries on Horace's Odes

  • 3:30-4:00 pm – Break
  • 4:00-5:00 pmVirginia Brown Memorial Lecture

Introduction: Anna A. Grotans (The Ohio State University)

Gregory Hays (University of Virginia): Mapping Medieval Mythography

  • 5:00 pm – Reception - Barbie Tootle Room, 3156 The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street


Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • 10:00-11:00 am – Session IV: Medieval Latin Texts

Moderator: Tina Chronopoulos (Binghamton University, SUNY)

Christopher A. Jones (The Ohio State University): An Unedited Poem from Twelfth-Century Cluny: The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus

Patrizia Carmassi (Virginia Brown Fellow, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies): Texts and Contexts in the Medieval Manuscript Collection of Marquard Gude (Herzog August Bibliothek)

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 pm – Break
  • 11:30-1:00 pm – Session V:  Varia

Moderator: William Little (The Ohio State University)

Ayelet Even-Ezra (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Thinking through drawing: Horizontal Tree Diagrams in 13th-century University Manuscripts

Edit Anna Lukács (Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, University of Vienna): Bible Commentaries from the University of Vienna (1384 – c.1420) in Their Institutional and Historical Context: Some Case Studies

Thomas A. Bredehoft (Chancery Hill Books and Antiques), Some Nineteenth-century Schoolbooks bound in Manuscript Fragments

  • 1:00-2:00 pm – Lunch
  • 2:00-3:00 pm – Session VI: The Biblioteca Guarneriana

Introduction: Kaelyn McAdams (President, Mappa Mundi, CMRS undergraduate student association)

Moderator: Frank T. Coulson (Director of Palaeography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)

Frank T. Coulson (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University): Hitherto Unedited Mediaeval and Humanistic Commentaries on Classical Authors from the Biblioteca Guarneriana

William Little (The Ohio State University):  A Newly Discovered Humanist Commentary on Ovid’s Fasti

  • 3:00-3:10 – Concluding remarks

Future conferences:

October 20-21, 2017:

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture: James Hankins, Harvard University