Texts and Contexts Conference, November 15-16, 2013
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. In addition to the general papers, 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: Julia Haig Gaisser, Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr
"Excuses, Excuses: Racy Poetry from Catullus to Joannes Secundus"
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. Let them know you are with "Texts and Contexts" when you make arrangements. The hotel is on the Ohio State campus and is an easy walk or campus bus ride to the conference. The conference pricing is $133/night. Please reserve your room by October 15, 2013 to guarantee this rate.
A bit farther away from campus, but with a shuttle available to take you to the conference, is 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. We have arranged for a block of rooms here as well, with a conference pricing of $108.99/night. Please reserve your room by November 1, 2013 to guarantee this rate and reference group code "EPC" when reserving a room by phone. .
To get from the airport to the hotel, you can get taxis at the airport (it costs around $35 for the trip) or use the transportation service offered by The Blackwell.
In addition to Texts and Contexts, the OSU Saga Club and the OSU Scandinavian Department are presenting a lecture event with Heather C. Key of University College Cork. On November 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm in 150 AB Thompson Library, Dr. Key will give a talk that is open to the general public: But Everybody Knows...! A Survey of Insular Scripts and 'Oddities'" about Early Irish Scripts and Abbreviations. At 4:00 pm in 150AB Thompson Library, Dr. Key will give a workshop, Scribal Traditions Then and Now: the Use of Early Irish Palaeographic Techniques in Medieval and Modern Scripts, in which participants will learn hands-on how the scripts were written, practice transcribing manuscript passages, and learn how to create simple knotwork decorations like the ones decorating famous Irish manuscripts like the Book of Kells. Paper and some calligraphy pens will be provided, but if you prefer to use your own calligraphy pens, please feel welcome to do so! Space for the workshop is limited. Please contact the OSU Saga Club (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in attending the workshop and for other questions concerning these programs. Dr. Key will also be speaking at Texts and Contexts.
Friday, November 15, 2013; Student-Alumni Council Room, 2154 The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street
8:30 – 9:00 am Coffee, bagels, etc.
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 – 10:45 am Session I: Texts and Their Progeny
Moderator: Anna A. Grotans (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University)
Caroline Stark (Department of Classics, Howard University): Lorenzo Bonincontri as Commentator
Amanda J. Gerber (Department of Languages and Literature, Eastern New Mexico University): Grammatical and Rhetorical Paraphrases in Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense 1369 and Oxford, Merton College 299
Michael Meckler (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University): ‘Designer Dogs’ in an Illustrated Manuscript of Ps.-Oppian’s Cynegetica
10:45 – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:45 pm Session II: Script and Manuscripts
Moderator: Quinn Radziszewski (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)
Ainoa Castro Correa (Postdoctoral Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies): The Galician Visigothic Script, A New Regional Variant?
Heather C. Key (University College Cork): The Eponymous Goddesses of Lebor Gabála Érenn
Erika Nuti (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy): Lost and Found: The Turin National Library and the Achievements of the Greek Books Project
12:45 – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 pm Session III: Medieval Latin Texts
Moderator: Michael Jean (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)
Scott G. Bruce (Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder): Relatio sancti Maioli de duobus ducibus: Prayer for the Dead and its Rewards in an Unstudied Cluniac Story Cycle from the Twelfth Century
Tomás O’Sullivan & Alexander Giltner (Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University):The Reference Bible’s Praefatio euangelii: Editing the Principal Textual Witness to an Amorphous Tradition
Tina Chronopoulos (Classical and Near Eastern Studies, State University of New York Binghamton): A Latin-German version of the Passion of St. Katherine of Alexandria
3:30 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 5:00 pm Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture
Introduction: Richard Fletcher (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)
Julia Haig Gaisser (Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College): Excuses, Excuses: Racy Poetry from Catullus to Joannes Secundus
5:00 – 6:30 pm Reception: Barbie Tootle Room, 3156 The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street
Saturday, November 16, 2013: Student-Alumni Council Room, 2154 The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street
9:30 – 10:00 am Coffee, bagels, etc.
10:00 – 11:30 am Session IV: Medieval Vernacular Texts
Moderator: John Richards (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)
Jos A.A.M. Biemans (Department of Book History and Manuscript Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam): The Manuscript Tradition of Jacob van Maerlant’s Spiegel historiael
Jacob Thaisen (Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger, Norway): A Survey of Middle English Allographs
Delphine Mercuzot (Département des Manuscrits, Bibliothèque National de France): Caxton’s Recueiland ulterior manuscripts
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm Session V: Varia
Moderator: William Little (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)
Giorgi Kavtaradze (Department of History, St. Andrew the First Called Georgian University): Prester John: Identity in Greek and Georgian Medieval Manuscripts
Matthew Giancarlo (Department of English, University of Kentucky): Manuscripts and Contexts of the Works of Peter Idley, c. 1450
Thomas Bredehoft (Independent Scholar): Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie’s Copy of The Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records
2:30 – 2:45 Closing remarks
Texts and Contexts, November 14-15, 2014
Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture: Francis Newton, Professor Emeritus, Duke University
In 2014, Texts and Contexts will celebrate the centenary of the publication of E.A. Lowe's The Beneventan Script. There will be several panels devoted to Beneventan script and its use in the transmission of texts. In addition, Hope Mayo, the Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, will speak on her recent work on E.A. Lowe.
Texts and Contexts, October 30-31, 2015
Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture: Erika Kihlman, University of Stockholm
Erika Kihlman is co-director of the Ars Edendi group at the University of Stockholm which seeks to investigate new and innovative methods of editing medieval and renaissance texts. In conjunction with Prof. Kihlman’s lecture, we shall have a special session devoted to text editing.