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Glossing cultural change: Comparative perspectives on manuscript annotation, c. 600–1200 CE - 21-22/

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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