Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age (MMSDA)
Cost/AHRC Research Training
The Institute of English Studies is pleased to offer this course, funded jointly by COST and the AHRC, and run in collaboration with King's College London, the Warburg Institute, and the University of Cambridge.
The course is an annual, intensive training programme on the analysis, description and editing of medieval manuscripts in the digital age 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 manuscripts in both print and digital formats.
One half of the course involve 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 under the direction of Professor Michelle Brown (IES), and is co-organised by Dr Peter Stokes (Cambridge), Dr Hanna Vorholt (Warburg), and Dr Elena Pierazzo (KCL); other instructors are listed here. Special lectures will be given by Professor Nicholas Pickwoad (Camberwell), Dr Tim Bolton (Sotheby's), and Simon Tanner (KCL Digital Consultancy Services).
The course is open to all doctoral students registered at institutions in any of the thirty-six COST countries (as listed on the COST website), and it is aimed at those writing dissertations which relate directly to medieval manuscripts, particularly with respect to literature, art and history. Places are limited to a maximum of twenty students, and the group will be split for the library visits. 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, to be assigned based on even distribution of nationality and gender.
Funding for this course is provided jointly by the AHRC's Collaborative Training Scheme and by COST Action IS1005, 'Medieval Europe - Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources'.