Method Option 2023/2024

Taylor Institution Library ARCH 8° G 1519 (11)
A printing press on the title-page of a Reformation pamphlet in the Taylorian, ARCH. 8° G. 1519 (11/9): Auff des bocks zu Leypczick Antwort D.M. Luther, Wittenberg: [Johann Rhau-Grunenberg], 1521.

The combined workshops and seminars for the Palaeography, History of the Book and Digital Humanities provide training in dealing with manuscripts and books across different historical periods and European languages. The aim is to combine philological training with project work which takes seriously the material turn in Modern Languages and will enable students to do editorial work in the age of Digital Humanities. Within the framework of knowledge exchange, these two method options cooperate with the local libraries and printers to make use of the unparalleled richness of Oxford resources, especially the Taylor Institution Library and the Centre for the Study of the Book. Please consult the bibliography for introductory reading, also available as a hyperlinked ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Most sessions in Michaelmas Term 2023 will take place on Wednesdays, 3-5pm, in Room 2 of the Taylor Institution Library if not noted otherwise. Every Friday 10:30-11:30, there is the opportunity to go to the presentation of new acquisitions in the Weston Library, Visiting Scholars Centre.

Weekly schedule for the course

Wk 1 (11 Oct), 3–5pm: Show & Tell Introductory Session (Taylorian, Room 2)
Treasures of the Taylorian with Emma Huber, Henrike Lähnemann & Anna Wilmore
Friday (13 Oct), 9–12noon: Engaging with Print (Bodleian, Print Room)
Workshop on typesetting and printing pamphlets with Richard Lawrence

Wk 2 (18 Oct), 3–5pm: Understanding Book Layout (Taylorian, Room 2)
Session with Dr Thea Gomelauri on Hebrew Manuscripts and Bible Layout
5:15pm The Transferrable Research Seminar: 15-minute talks by Bodleian Visiting Fellows; Bodleian Library, Horton Seminar Room: 
Emma Clery (Uppsala, Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Fellow in English Literature), A new scholarly edition of the letters of Mary Wollstonecraft
Virlana Shchuka (Ann Ball Bodley Fellow in Women’s History), Elizabeth Hervey’s Gothic Networks and Eighteenth-Century Domestic Violence
Victoria Leonard (Coventry, David Walker Fellow), Orosius and The Rise of Printing in Early Modern Europe
Thursday (19 Oct), 1–2pm Digital Editions. Community of Practice (Taylorian, Room 2) The Digital Documentation Process initiative – Lucian Shepherd

Wk 3 (25 Oct), 3–5pm: Reading Books as Cultural Objects (Taylorian, Room 2)
Session with Evanghelia Stead as launch of her book Goethe’s Faust I outlined. Moritz Retzsch’s prints in circulation with a consultation of the Fiedler Collection of Faust material.
Tour of the exhibition of Georges de Peyrebrune’s works with Marie Martine 

Wk 4 (1 Nov), 2[!]–5pm: Palaeography (Weston, Horton Room)
Introduction to palaeography with Laure Miolo, Alison Ray, and Andrew Dunning
5:15pm The Transferrable Research Seminar: 15-minute talks by Bodleian Visiting Fellows; Bodleian Library, Horton Seminar Room
Evi Heinz (Münster, Sassoon Fellow), James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Casanova Society
Agata Paluch (Berlin, Sassoon Fellow), Jewish Recipe Books as Epistemic Objects: Between Learned and Vernacular
Thursday (2 Nov), 1–2pm Digital Editions. Community of Practice (Taylorian, Main Hall)
Using Transkribus – Henrike Lähnemann and Karen Wenzel

Wk 5 (8 Nov) , 3–5pm: Introduction to image software (Taylorian, Room 2)
with Giles Bergel, Henrike Lähnemann and Emma Huber 
5pm Illuminate the Past: Czech Printed Images during the Reformation. Launch of the ‘e-illustrace’ Database with Veronika Sladká and Giles Bergel

Wk 6 (15 Nov), 1:30 [!]–3pm: Masterclass Materiality (Bodleian, Horton Room)
Workshop with Andrew Honey and members of the Conservation Department 
5:15pm The Transferrable Research Seminar: 15-minute talks by Bodleian Visiting Fellows; Bodleian Library, Horton Seminar Room, by the Albi Rosenthal Musicology Fellows
Caroline Lesemann-Elliott (Royal Holloway University of London), Unlocking the Blount Music Collection
Maximilian Rosenthal (University of Music and Theatre, Leipzig), A Composer’s Finances: Investigating Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Account Books
Jason Stoessel (University of New England, Australia), Ciconia’s Padua: An Early Fifteenth-Century Emotional Community of Humanists and Musicians
Thursday (16 Nov), 1–2pm Digital Editions. Community of Practice (Taylorian, Room 2)
Editing Thomas Mann– T.J. Reed

Wk 7 (22 Nov), 3–5pm: Caring for collections (St Edmund Hall)
Introduction to library management with the SEH library team

Wk 8 (29 Nov), 3-5pm Defining your Project (Taylorian)
Abstract writing workshop for Hilary Term Project; matching up with supervisors
Thursday (30 Nov), 1–2pm Digital Editions. Community of Practice (Taylorian, Room 2)
PRISMS – linking data and creating knowledge with Digital Editions – Emma Huber
Friday (1 Dec): 3pm Monk-calf and Nuns on the Run. Book launch of the 1523 Reformation Pamphlets

At the end of the second term each student submits an essay of between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length (the word count includes footnotes, but excludes bibliography). The coursework leading up to it consists of a portfolio of regular practical tasks such as writing a blog post, diy digitisation, test transcriptions, basic xml encoding and catalogue entries for books. Ideally, the essay focuses on source material available in Oxford libraries.

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