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Book History and related events at the School of Advanced Study, University of London

A range of book history and related events at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, April-May 2022. Short courses are fee-paying. All other events are free to attend with advance booking. Events marked * will take place in person; otherwise, events are online.

Summer Term 2022: Thursdays, 2.00-4.30 pm (BST)
NEW WORKSHOP SERIES: The Medieval Diagram as Subject (Institute of English Studies and Warburg Institute)
Medieval diagrams typically combined text and visual features, ranging from geometric forms to elaborate imagery, in order to communicate complex ideas in a powerful and memorable way. As such they constitute important evidence for attitudes to design in the transmission of knowledge in the Middle Ages. The meaning of these terms could encompass a variety of forms and content and suggest different emphases for these complex works that often combined images and text in inventive and unexpected ways. The workshops will consider diagrams on all subjects and across different media in medieval visual culture, to address their design, function, and reception.
*In-person (Senate House) and online.
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Summer Term 2022: Fridays, 3.00-4.00pm (BST)
ONLINE SHORT COURSE: Latin Palaeography (Warburg Institute)
Course tutor: Charles Burnett (Professor of Islamic Influences in Europe, Warburg Institute)
Reading reproductions of manuscripts written in Latin between the twelfth and seventeenth century, focusing on letterforms, systems of abbreviation and punctuation, and the relationship between a text and its illustration. Students are expected to have a good knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax.
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Thursday 7 April 2022: 5.00-6.30 pm (BST)
Maps and Society Lecture (School of Advanced Study)
Lexie Cook (2021–2022 Getty Foundation Fellow, Columbia University, New York): ‘Island, Archive, Além-Mar: the Insular Mechanics of Iberian Expansion’
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Monday – Friday, 25-29 April 2022: 3.00-5.00pm (BST)
ONLINE SHORT COURSE: Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern (Warburg Institute)
Course tutor: Alessandro Scafi (Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History, Warburg Institute)
The aim of this course is to explore how maps have served to order and represent physical, social, and imaginative worlds from around CE 1200 to 1700. The focus is on the iconographic character of maps and the complex relation between art and science that is found in mapmaking throughout history. 
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Deadline Extended: Monday 25 April 2022
CALL FOR PAPERS: Organising Libraries from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Warburg Institute)
Workshop dates: 30 June & 1 July 2022
This Warburg Institute online workshop aims to bring together scholars from the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean studies, and of Medieval, Byzantine, and Renaissance studies to share their research on the history of book collections and libraries and engage in a dialogue on cultural patterns, shifts, and revivals at the intersection of different traditions.

Wednesday 27 April 2022: 6.00-7.00 pm (BST)
Agitated Air – Poems after Ibn Arabi (Warburg Institute)
An online reading and conversation with poets & translators Yasmine Seale, Robin Moger, and Professor Marina Warner. Organized by Beatrice Bottomley (Warburg Institute Ph.D.) and supported by the University of London John Coffin Memorial Trust.
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Tuesday 10 May 2022: 5.30-7.00pm (BST)
History of Libraries Seminar (Institute of English Studies and Warburg Institute)
Professor Bill Bell (Cardiff University): 'Mobility and Meaning: Libraries at Sea and the Problem of the Reader'
*In-person, Warburg Lecture Room
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