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ANNOUNCEMENT: Medieval Margins. Practices of Annotating in Early Medieval Books


Seminar on 17 March 2016, Leiden UB


Date: 17 March 2016

Place: Vossius zaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden

Time: 13.30-17.00 uur



  •  13.30-14.15 h: Prof. dr. John J. Contreni:  What Were They Thinking? Decoding Technical Symbols in Four Ninth-Century Exegetical Manuscripts
  •  14.30-15.15 h: Drs. Evina Steinova: Pay Attention and Mark Your References! The Use of Technical Signs in Manuscript Margins
  •  15.30-16.15 h: Prof. dr. Mariken Teeuwen: Annotating books in the Early Middle Ages: An Attempt at an Overview
  •  16.30-17.00 h: Manuscript Display in the Vossius Zaal, drinks in the hallway

This Seminar marks the end of the NWO VIDI Project ‘Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages (c. 800 – c. 1000)’. It offers lectures by three speakers. The first is Prof.dr. John J. Contreni, Professor of Medieval History from Purdue University (USA), who has published numerous books and articles on Carolingian intellectual culture in general, and on the manuscripts of Laon in particular. The second is Drs. Evina Steinova, who has been a PhD in the Marginal Scholarship Project, and who will defend her thesis (Notam superponere studui. The use of technical signs in the early Middle Ages) on Friday 18 March. The third is Prof.dr. Mariken Teeuwen, senior researcher at Huygens ING and Professor for the transmission of medieval Latin Texts at Utrecht University ánd principal investigator of the project. She will attempt to offer a synthetic view of what has been accomplished during the course of it. In the spirit of the previous Lieftinck lectures organized by Erik Kwakkel, the three lectures will be followed by a manuscript display in the Vossius zaal.


The seminar is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. Please register for this seminar by sending an email to Make sure that you use ‘Medieval Margins’ as the subject of your e-mail message.

We can host up to 60 visitors for this seminar. Once this number of visitors has been reached, the registration will be closed. In that case, you will receive a message notifying you of the fact that the seminar is fully booked.


Het seminar is gratis toegankelijk, maar registratie is verplicht. U kunt zich registreren door een mail te sturen naar Neem ‘Medieval Margins’ op in de onderwerpregel van uw bericht.

De zaal heeft een capaciteit van ca. 60 personen. Zodra dit aantal is bereikt, sluit de registratie. U ontvangt dan een bericht dat het seminar helaas vol is.

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