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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Medieval Libraries Workshop

17th September 2012, 14:30 to 17:30, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College

Mindful of the fact that the outcomes of medieval literary studies and research under the rubric of history of the book are most often separated, we intend to conduct a study of medieval libraries that is informed by literary and cultural theory. What constituted a library in the Middle Ages? What was the cultural, political and social significance of the library? What kind of intertextual links did libraries foster? How were libraries organized, and what does that organization reveal about systems of thought, or conceptual relationships between different sets of written material, be they literary, philosophical, legal or religious?

The Medieval Libraries project is a collaborative investigation involving five researchers:

Luke Sunderland and Thomas Hinton (Durham University) Emma Campbell (University of Warwick) Philippe Frieden (King's College London) Miranda Griffin (University of Cambridge)

This workshop comes at an early stage in our project. We will present speculative papers and would like to invite questions and contributions from a diverse audience that need not be limited to medievalists. This process of dialogue and collective reflection is intended to shape our research project and to prepare it for external funding bids.

Contact luke.sunderland@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.