Monday, November 12, 2018

An international conference: "France and England: medieval manuscripts
between 700 and 1200"
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France (auditorium Colbert, INHA), 21-23
November 2018

(Free entrance, but, for security reasons, registration required:

Thanks to the patronage of The Polonsky Foundation, the Bibliothèque
nationale de France and the British Library have established an
unprecedented partnership in the field of medieval manuscripts. The
Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the
British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200
concerns 800 manuscripts, half of them held by the BnF, and the other half
by the British Library. They were selected because of their importance for
the history of French and English relations in the Middle Ages, as well as
for their artistic, historical or literary value. Written between the 8th
and the 12th centuries, they represent the variety and spread of the
intellectual production of the early Middle Ages and the Romanesque era.
The international conference marks the launch of the two websites created
by the joint project. France-Angleterre : manuscrits médié- vaux entre 700
et 1200, created by the BnF, presents together all the 800 manuscripts in
a format compatible with the International Image Interoperability
Framework (IIIF). A website developed by the British Library, Medieval
England and France, 700-1200, will present a choice of manuscripts in
detail and explore their significance through articles written by
specialists. The conference shines a new light upon the rich heritage made
available online thanks to The Polonsky Foundation, and upon the
historical, literary and artistic relationships between medieval England
and France.
The 21st November showcase the new resources created by the joint project,
and will consist of a dialogue between the project collaborators. They
will present the achievements and the lessons of this partnership that for
the first time brings together the medieval collections of both
institutions. A special focus will be placed on the opportunities created
by the development of digital humanities and by image interoperability,
which are transforming research practices. The 22nd and 23rd November will
be devoted to the manuscripts, their illumination, their texts and their
dissemination. Specialists from various fields will gather together for
interdisciplinary presentations and discussion.

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