Friday, September 01, 2006

Medieval Libraries: People, Materials, and Practices

Call for Papers (1 session) for the International Congress on Medieval Studies 05/06

Libraries evolved continuously throughout the Middle Ages. Yet, which forms did this evolution take? Which influences contributed to this process? How did this process change libraries between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance? These questions define scholarship related to this matter. The session, "Topics in Medieval Librarianship: People, Materials, and Practices" will seek to discuss these issues.

For this session, presenters are invited to speak on any topic related to librarianship during late antiquity through the Early Modern period (c.300-c.1600). These studies can be from any part of the medieval world (Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East) and could deal with the following areas: manuscript studies, the history of libraries, book history,literacy, in addition to the librarians themselves and their practices. If you have another topic or region of interest within the medieval world, please feel free to send me an email at

There is a possibility that papers from this and previous sessions on medieval libraries will be published in the future. Participants interested in contributing to this work should indicate their interest to the session organizers when they submit their abstracts.

Interested parties to send a 250 word abstract of their topic to

David J. Duncan
31 W. Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118


Dr. Brad L. Eden
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010

The presenters, as per the Congress's standards, will be held to 20 minutes
apiece for presentation time so as to allow an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and discuss ideas with the panel.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2006.


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