Colloque – Hidden Treasure: Medieval Manuscript Fragments and Digital Research Methods

This colloquium is devoted to medieval text that is normally hidden from our eyes, such as palimpsests and manuscript fragments hidden in bindings. The principle subject matter is the manuscript fragment: paper and parchment pages that were recycled by post-medieval bookbinders and glued inside bindings for support. The colloquium aims to show that these fragments represent a stimulating topic for academic research, in spite of their damaged nature. In addition, the colloquium presents a new x-ray technique to make fragments visible without removing them from bookbindings.


Programme :

12.30 pm – Welcome and Short Introduction

12.45 – 1.25 pm – Jorien Duivenvoorde & Joris Dik (Delft University of Technology) – Visualizing Ferrous Inks of Hidden Manuscript Fragments in Early Printed Books Using Macro X-ray Fluorescence Spectometry
1.25 pm – 2.05 pm – Uwe Bergmann (Stanford University) – Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Imaging since the Archimedes Palimpsest
2.05 pm – 2.35 pm – Coffee break

2.35 pm – 2.55 pm – Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University) – Medieval fragments: An Incomplete Introduction
2.55 pm – 3.35 pm – Petra Sijpesteijn (Leiden University) – Voices from the Dust: Peoples and Pasts from Papyri Fragments
3.35 pm – 4.15 pm – Lieftinck Lecture in Medieval Manuscripts (previous lectures)Judith Schlanger (Sorbonne, Paris) – Books within Books: Research Methods Applied to Recycled Hebrew Fragments

4.15 pm – 5 pm – Display of fragments from Leiden University Library collections
Please RSVP by sending an email to Erik Kwakkel (

Informations pratiques :
Date : 27 September 2016
Time : 12:30 -17:00 hrs.
Explanation : Free and open to all

Location :
University Library
Witte Singel 26-27
2311 BG Leiden
Room Vossius

Source : Universiteit Leiden

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