Friday, August 4, 2017

CFP: Interpreting unfinished later medieval manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Approaches

by Kristin Bourassa
We are seeking submissions for the following session at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2018. This session is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of York.
Interpreting unfinished later medieval manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Approaches
In this session, we would like to address from an interdisciplinary standpoint questions regarding unfinished manuscripts in later medieval Europe. Were image programs planned and never finished? Was the text altered in a significant form? What can an informed understanding of the text/image relationship in a given case of an unfinished manuscript reveal? Are there extant sources of any unfinished manuscripts that might reveal how a later patron or artist/ script may envision adapting a work to suit his or her current needs? Why were specific manuscripts/versions of manuscripts never finished? This session will include visual elements such as images and marginalia, the physical layout of text and image, spaces for images that never got executed, and the codicological structure of the manuscripts themselves.
Abstracts for papers of 15-20 minutes or any questions should be sent to Anne-Hélène Miller (  The deadline for submissions is September 15 2017. The submission guidelines and the required Participant Information Form are available at

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