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This seminar brings together from various disciplines scholars who work on the history of the book and the study of material texts in order to place the technical and bibliographical study of text objects in dialogue with cultural studies and both the textually- and the materially-oriented humanist disciplines more broadly.  Over recent decades, book history has emerged as a necessarily and productively interdisciplinary field; with this in mind, this seminar focuses on the interpretation of material textual objects from an array of disciplinary perspectives.  Our aim is to provide a clearinghouse for emerging methods and work, and a nexus for scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss and pursue shared interests in the study of the book and the material text.

Past Meetings

Alexis Hagadorn

Professor Hannah Weaver

Cat Lambert

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

10/23/2020 Online Meeting
2:00 PM
Teaching Remotely with Distinctive and Special Collections: Strategies and Successes
Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University

Megan Cook, Colby College

Kaoukab Chebaro, Emily Runde, and Michelle Wilson, Columbia University

11/12/2020 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Hidden in Plain Sight: Identifying Evidence of Curtains in Medieval Manuscripts in the Morgan Library & Museum
Morgan Adams, Columbia University