Medieval and Modern Manuscripts in the Digital Age (MMSDA)

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We are very pleased to announce the fifth year of this course, now expanded and funded by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and run by DiXiT in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies (London), King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, and the Warburg Institute. For the first time, the course will run in two parallel strands: one on medieval and the other on modern manuscripts.

The course is an intensive training programme on the analysis, description and editing of manuscripts to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. It stresses the practical application of theoretical principles and gives participants both a solid theoretical foundation and also 'hands-on' experience in the cataloguing and editing of original medieval and modern manuscripts in both print and digital formats.

One half of the course involves classes in the mornings and then visits to libraries in Cambridge and London in the afternoons. Students will have the opportunity to view original manuscripts and to gain practical experience in applying the morning's themes to concrete examples. In the second half we will address the cataloguing and description of manuscripts in a digital format with particular emphasis on the standards developed by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). These sessions will also combine theoretical principles and practical experience and include workshops with supervised work on computers. The course is completed by sessions on modelling and evaluating digital scholarly editions.

The course is open to all students registered for doctoral programmes (PhD or equivalent) anywhere in the world. It is aimed at those writing dissertations that relate directly to western medieval or modern manuscripts, particularly with respect to literature, art and/or history. The medieval and modern strands will have fifteen students each. Twelve of these positions are reserved for DiXiT fellows (for which see here), leaving eighteen vacancies across the two strands for any other doctoral students. Please use the MMSDA application form found on the DiXiT website.

Participants will be required to arrange their own accommodation and travel to London and Cambridge, but there will be no fee for the course itself. Some bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.

For more information, and to view a provisional programme, see the DiXiT MMSDA website

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