Training school in Codicology

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 29 April – 3 May 2013
A five-day intensive training school in codicology organised under the auspices of COST ACTION IS 1005, ‘Medioevo Europeo: Medieval Studies and Technological Resources’.

Codicology, the study of manuscript books as material objects, is an important discipline within manuscript studies. Topics covered will include writing materials, formats and layout, with particular focus on presenting a typology of medieval manuscripts, illustrated by Bibles, manuscripts of the Latin classics and literary and legal manuscripts in the vernacular. A significant component of the school will be instruction in the use of TEI-conformant XML to record and analyse codicological data. There will also be a presentation of Manuscripta mediaevalia, a joint online venture of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München and the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, which gives access to the manuscript collections of hundreds of libraries in Europe and the United States.
The language of instruction will be English.

M. J. DRISCOLL, Curator, Arnamagnæan Institute, Copenhagen (XML)
Robert GIEL, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Manuscripta Mediaevalia)
J. P. GUMBERT, Prof. em., Universiteit Leiden (Manuscript miscellanies)
Silvia HUFNAGEL, Arnamagnæan Institute, Copenhagen (XML)
Eef OVERGAAUW, Leiter, Handschriftenabteilung, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Bibles and Latin classics)
Elena PIERAZZO, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London (XML)
Lena ROHRBACH, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Medieval and post-medieval Scandinavian legal manuscripts)

The school is open to doctoral- and post-doctoral-level students registered at institutions in any of the thirty-six COST countries (as listed on the COST website: Participants should have a background in medieval studies, with at least some experience of working with manuscripts; previous experience with XML, while an advantage, is not required. Places are limited to a maximum of twenty students. There is no fee for the course itself, but participants will be expected to arrange their own accommodation and travel to Berlin. Ten bursaries of € 800 each will be available to cover the costs of travel and accommodation.
Please send applications, including a full CV, to the school’s organisers, Eef Overgaauw ( and M. J. Driscoll (, at the latest by the end of February.