Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

Category: Workshops

2014 Lincoln College Summer School in Greek Palaeography


The fifth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 28 July-2 August 2014. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, four library visits and five thematic lectures.

Costs: A school fee of 200 GBP is payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford. A minimum of three bursaries, covering fees and housing, will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants.

Daily schedule: 8:45-10:45 reading class, 11:00-13:00 library visit, 13:00-14:45 lunch break, 14:45-16:45 reading class, 17:00-18:00 lecture. A final written examination will be administered on Saturday, 2 August, 9:00-12:00.

Instructors: Marjolijne Janssen (M.A. Amsterdam), Alessandra Bucossi (D.Phil. Oxon.), Michael Featherstone (Ph.D.  Harvard), Georgi R. Parpulov (Ph.D. Chicago)

Lectors: Nigel G. Wilson FBA (Oxford), Prof. Elisabeth Jeffreys (Oxford), Dr. Hugh Houghton (Birmingham), Dr. Ilse De Vos (London)

Application: The final deadline for applying is 30 January 2014.

Applicants are requested to e-mail their curriculum vitae, explain in detail their need for attending the summer school, and indicate whether they wish to be considered for a bursary. They should also arrange for one recommendation letter from an established academic to be e-mailed to before 30 January 2014. Successful applicants will be notified on 15 February 2014.

Note: The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Adequate knowledge of Greek is a must for all students.

Source of text above: Copied from Lincoln College Summer School in Greek Palaeography website.

Source of information: A. Kaldellis from BSANA listserv


Byzantine Greek Summer School, University of Birmingham, UK


July – August 2013

color image of an illuminated letter from a Greek Hilandar Monastery manuscript

Hosted by the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. (Formerly at Queen’s University Belfast 2002-2011)

Level-1 (Beginners) 28 July – 11 August 2013

Level-2 (Intermediate) and Level-3 (Advanced) 11-25 August 2013

For full details and an Application Form go to: or write to

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2013

Closing date for funding applications: 3 May 2013

Source: Listserv communication via A. Kaldellis.

Image Source: Hilandar Monastery Greek Manuscript Collection, Andronikov Gospels


Preservation Field School in Italy: Buildings, Ceramics, Paper, Books and Art


The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 14th year, is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. The 2013 summer session is open for applications.

Deadline for application: March 15, 2013.

The 2013 courses offered are listed below. Check their website for more information about the application, housing, etc.

Building Restoration* (May 26th–June 22th)

Introduction to Art and Building Restoration in Italy
Surveying and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Ceramics Restoration (May 26–June 22)

Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation

(NEW) Book Bindings Restoration* (May 26–June 22)

Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings
Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings

Paper Restoration* (July 7–August 3)

Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents

Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques (July 7–August 3)

Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging
Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy (July 7–August 3)
Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory

*Field Projects:

Restoration of the Porta Burgi (12th-century city gate in San Gemini)
Surveying the 12th-century San Giovanni Battista Church complex
Archaeological survey of the public baths in Carsulae
San Gemini Historic Archives Project (restoration and digitalization of 16th- to 18th-century archival material)
The courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

Source: Email announcement from Max Cardillo, Director, San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

Workshop: Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Early-Modern Bindings


A workshop, “Hidden Treasure: The Use of Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Early-Modern Bindings,” was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, following a lecture by Erik Kwakkel (University of Leiden). The workshop was conducted by Kwakkel and Eric J. Johnson, OSU Libraries’ Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts.


Fragments of medieval manuscripts form an unusual and exciting research object for the historian of the book. They are the heavily damaged remains of objects – books – that themselves do not survive because they were cut up by book binders in the medieval and early-modern periods to be used as binding support. Hidden in book bindings, these snippets became travelers in time, stowaways with great and important stories to tell. Using specimens from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library this hands-on workshop introduces the most common types of fragments and shows how the unpretentious objects add to our understanding of medieval written culture.

Kwakkel’s visit was co-sponsored by History of the Book, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

Source: Website of the Working Group Literary Studies @ OSU, Institute of Humanities

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