Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Marco Manuscript Workshop

"Envisioning Knowledge"
Some manuscripts contain sacred texts, brilliantly illuminated; some preserve literary treasures, adorned with elaborately decorated initials. Other manuscripts have a more practical function, from recording transactions of land or service, to collecting medical recipes or geographical lore, to marking days and years, to charting the scope of the earth or the course of the heavens. These manuscripts may have a more utilitarian appearance, but they often supplement their textual content with diagrams and illustrations, charts and maps, tables and lists. Such manuscripts preserve the beginnings of modern science, and they are important to the development of the visual display of information and the transmission of both practical and speculative knowledge. The makers of these books were inventing ways to use the visual space of the page to represent, in one way or another, some truth about the world and their understanding of it.
Workshop presenters will discuss the innovative approaches and the challenges inherent in understanding the presentation of knowledge in medieval and early modern texts.
February 3-4, 2017
UT International House, Great Room
1623 Melrose Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996
The workshop is free and open to the public.
  • Matthew Davis, McMaster University
  • Ilya Dines, Library of Congress
  • Laine Doggett, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Alistair Maeer, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Rachel McNellis, Case Western Reserve
  • Alexandra Reider, Yale University
  • Katherine Walker, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Tara Welch, University of Kansas
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