Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Libraries and Archives

Call for Papers 
The Thirteenth York Manuscripts Conference: Cathedral Libraries and Archives of 
Britain and Ireland 
3-5 July 2014  

Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern 
Studies at the University of York  
Organised by Brian Cummings, Linne Mooney, Bill Sherman and Hanna Vorholt.  

The York Manuscripts Conference has been held biennially or triennially since 1986 and, 
with about 50 papers, is amongst the largest conferences in Europe dedicated to manuscript 
studies. The Thirteenth York Manuscripts Conference, to be held from 3-5 July 2014 will 
have as its topic the Cathedral Libraries and Archives of England, Wales, Scotland and 

The Cathedral Libraries and Archives of Britain and Ireland comprise some of the most 
remarkable and least explored collections of medieval and early modern manuscripts. While 
predictably focused on theological, liturgical, and devotional books, they also contain many 
medical, scientific, and literary sources, as well as legal and administrative documents. In 
addition to the many collections that are still in situ, others are now being looked after 
elsewhere, or have been dispersed. The conference will include papers on medieval and early 
modern manuscripts which are or were once held by the cathedrals of Britian and Ireland, 
considering their varied contents, illumination, use, and provenance; paper topics might also 
explore the formation, development, and dissolution of the libraries themselves; connections 
between different collections; their location and cataloguing within the cathedrals; or the 
distinction between cathedral libraries and cathedral archives in a historical perspective. 
Papers which shed light on lesser known treasures and collections will be especially 
welcome. We invite papers from researchers in the fields of religion, history, art history, 
musicology, history of science, literature, codicology, conservation, and other cognate 
disciplines. Papers delivered at the conference may be considered for inclusion in a volume 
of selected essays. 

The conference is organised in association with the Cathedrals Libraries and Archives 
Network (CLAN), which seeks to engender, co-ordinate, facilitate and promote research on 
the Cathedral collections, and to act as an interface between academic communities, church 
bodies, and the wider public.  

Plenary lectures will be given by Nigel Morgan (Cambridge), Christopher Norton (York), 
Rodney Thomson (Tasmania), and Magnus Williamson (Newcastle). 

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Deadline for 
submission of proposals is 1 July 2013.  


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