Saturday, April 12, 2014

Colloquium Inaugurating the Network for the Study of Caroline Minuscule

Call for papers: Colloquium Inaugurating the Network for the Study of 
Caroline Minuscule

23 May 2014, Cambridge University Library, UK
Welcome: Professor Rosamond McKitterick, University of Cambridge
Confirmed speakers: David Ganz, Mary Garrison, Erik Kwakkel, Susan 
Rankin, Mariken Teeuwen

As publication approaches for the final volume of Bernhard Bischoff’s 
‘Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts’, 
early medieval historians and palaeographers must consider the 
significance of this work as well as the research that it enables on the 
origins, development, and varieties of Caroline minuscule. In 
recognition of this landmark publication and in hopes of building upon 
it, we are co-ordinating a project on the study of Caroline minuscule 
that aims to add to the great advances of the past generation of 

Our first major event is a colloquium to be held on 23 May in Cambridge. 
It will address the current state of research on Caroline minuscule from 
the late eighth to the tenth centuries and explore questions related to 
studying the script today, including but not limited to:

-the emergence and development of Caroline minuscule and its varieties
-peculiar features of script or style in certain manuscripts or groups 
of manuscripts
-comparisons between different codices, regions, scriptoria or scribes
-proposals for new palaeographical tools, methods or terminology
-the means and challenges of dating and localising manuscripts written 
in Caroline minuscule
-opportunities for the palaeography of Caroline minuscule in the digital 
-useful but neglected aspects of Bischoff’s research

Paper proposals should be sent to Anna Dorofeeva ( or 
Zachary Guiliano ( as pdfs of c. 500 words, together 
with a brief CV (one A4 page). The deadline is 31 March but early 
submission is strongly encouraged. Small bursaries may be available for 
travel and accommodation expenses, and responses from postgraduates and 
in languages other than English are especially welcome. For further 
information, and to join the Network, please visit

With best wishes,

Anna Dorofeeva and Zachary Guiliano

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