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Glossing cultural change: Comparative perspectives on manuscript annotation, c. 600–1200 CE - 21-22/06/2018, Galway (Ireland)






Glossing, the practice of annotating manuscripts between the lines and/or in the margins, was a widespread cultural practice wherever books were being read, studied and taught. As an indication of this, the Network for the Study of Glossing currently has 85 members with research interests in glossed manuscripts written in Arabic, Breton, Chinese, German, Greek, Egyptian, English, French, Hebrew, Hittite, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Sanskrit, Turkish, and Welsh.

This two-day conference brings together 24 speakers (from 15 countries), working in a variety of fields, to discuss aspects of glossing from a comparative perspective. A particular focus will be on how glosses engage with and reflect the dynamics of contemporary cultural change, rather than acting merely as passive repositories of inherited tradition. 


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22/06/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Hardiman Research Building, room G-010, National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland)




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Thursday 21 June 2018

8:45 Coffee/tea & croissants served

9:15 Conference begins (welcome address)


9.30–11am Session 1: Gloss as discourse

Bernhard Bauer, Maynooth

‘Before every book its title’: explanatory glosses in the St Gall Priscian


Mariken Teeuwen, Amsterdam/Utrecht

Creating new knowledge in the margin: Carolingian scholarly practices unveiled


Ciaran Arthur, Belfast 

Glossaries and textual concealment in Anglo-Saxon ritual texts

11am–11:30 Coffee break



11:30–1pm Session 2: Glossing the past

Jesse Keskiaho, Helsinki

Annotating pre-Christian culture in Augustine’s The City of God (fifth to ninth centuries)


Catherine Swift, Limerick

Glosses in Tírechán’s text and the shaping of the canon of Patrician tradition


Irene O’Daly, Amsterdam

Defining civilis scientia: diagrammatic glossing to Cicero’s De inventione

1pm–2pm Lunch break



2pm–3:30 Session 3: Glossing and translation

Alderik Blom, Marburg 

The pragmatics of multilingual glossing in the early Middle Ages: glosses, punctuation, construe marks


Sven Osterkamp & André Podzierski, Bochum

How, for whom, and to what end? Japanese metatexts on translating and glossing Chinese texts


Franck Cinato, Paris

Syntactical glosses and word order: issues and evidence

3:30–4pm Coffee break



4pm–5:30 Session 4: Glossing scripture

Elvira Martín-Contreras, Madrid

Rethinking the function of the annotations placed in the margins of the oldest Hebrew biblical manuscripts


Paulina Zagórska, Poznań

Trial and error. What corrections to the gloss can tell us: the case of the Old English gloss to the Eadwine Psalter


Inmaculada Senra Silva, Madrid

Glossing with runes in tenth-century northern England: the case of the glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Durham Ritual

5.30pm Wine reception (jointly organised with the Insular Manuscripts project, Leicester)




Friday 22 June 2018


9:30–11am Session 5: Glossing the law

José Miguel Viejo Ximénez, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Glossing Gratian’s Decretum in the first decades of the Bolognese school: textual authority and intellectual efforts


Tatsushi Genka, Tokyo

The early Transalpine Decretistic: its manuscript transmission and readers


Carolina Gual Silva, Campinas

Glossing tithes: the definition of jurisdictions through glosses in canon law

11am–11:30 Coffee break



11:30–1pm Session 6: Commentary and transmission

Teiji Kosukegawa, Toyama
Glossing and reading the Analects of Confucius (論語) by vernacular languages in the Sinosphere


Sinéad O’Sullivan, Belfast
Scholia non serviana, Lactantius Placidus and the Vatican Mythographers: a case study of Montpellier, Bibliothèque interuniversitaire, Section médecine, H 253


Elke Krotz, Vienna
One Abavus maior, many Abavi maximi: the history of a glossary and its vernacular strata

1pm–2pm Lunch break



2pm–3:30 Session 7: Glossing systems

Giuseppe Speciale, Catania

Accursius’ Magna Glossa as hypertext


Andreas Nievergelt, Zürich
Dry-point glossing in East and West


John Whitman, Cornell
Sources for Korean and Japanese vernacular glossing in medieval Chinese manuscript practice

3:30–4pm Coffee break



4pm–5:30 Session 8: Editing glosses

Michael Herren, Toronto
Challenges in editing the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary


Matthew Zisk, Yagamata
Glossing glosses: a look at contemporary glossing methods of kundoku texts and a proposal for a universal standard


Pádraic Moran, Galway
Challenges in editing glosses and prospects for future collaborations

5:30–6pm Closing discussion



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