The first Manuscript Collaboration Colloquium took place in June 2015.

This half-day colloquium considered the practicalities and working methods of book artisans who produced medieval books collaboratively. Covering a range of periods and disciplines, speakers explored the practicalities, purpose and thought processes behind this particular working method, by approaching collaboration from palaeographical, codicological and art historical angles.

Organising committee: Sarah Laseke (Leiden), Eleanor Giraud (Oxford), Jaakko Tahkokallio (KCL)


14:00-14:15     Jaakko Tahkokallio (KCL) ‘Scribal collaboration – the rule or exception? A quantitative overview of some contexts of book production’

14:15-14:30     Sarah Laseke (Leiden) ‘Fifteenth Century Scribal Collaboration in Middle English Manuscripts: A Quantitative Approach’

14:30-14:45     Manuel Munoz Garcia (KCL) ‘The Workshop of Matthew Paris (c.1200-1259): the Challenges of researching a Scribal Collaboration’

14:45-15:00     Frieda van der Heijden (Royal Holloway) ‘Filling in the blanks: A discussion about unfinished manuscripts and what they tell us about book production’

15:00-15:15     Holly James-Maddocks (York) ‘The Illuminators of the Hooked-g’ Group of Middle English Literature: Questions of Origin, Chronology, and Collaborative Practice’

15:15-15:30     Questions

15:30-16:00     Tea & Coffee

16:00-16:15     Henrike Laehnemann (Oxford) ‘Collaborative Nuns: Devotional Text Production in Late Medieval Northern Germany’

16:15-16:30     Helen Marshall (Oxford) ‘Collaboration in Lichfield: The Case of The Prick of Conscience

16:30-16:45     Leonor Zozaya (Coimbra) ‘Early Modern Collaboration Amongst Town Council Scriveners’

16:45-17:00     Julia Crick & Fran Alvarez (KCL) ‘Scribal collaboration in the Exon Domesday: an administrative model and its palaeographical corollary’

17:00-17:15     Questions

17:15                Closing remarks & discussion

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