Thursday, 21 June 2018

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

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. This two-day conference aims to bring together specialists from a variety of fields to discuss aspects of glossing—in all its forms—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. 

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Location: Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway    
Time: 21–22 June 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018

‘On the ten-stringed psaltery’: musical instruments as symbols in the Middle Ages

Musical instruments abound in medieval iconography and literature, so much so that modern craftsmen were able to build replicas of medieval instruments working from images and texts. But did medieval artists and writers always intend to depict or describe real instruments? In this colloquium, five speakers will explore a number of medieval iconographic and textual case-studies where musical instruments are not treated at all, or not only, as real objects, but rather as symbols and allegories referring to poetic, scholarly or religious notions. 

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Location: The Bridge, Hardiman Research Building, NUI, Galway    
Time: 10am