2nd Graduate Conference in Book History

Current Research in Manuscripts and Printed Books of the Premodern and Early Modern Period  (c. 650-1600)


Date and location: Friday 2 February 2018, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht University, The Netherlands;
Fees: This conference is free of charge for speakers; other attendees are welcome to join the lunch for a small fee;
Organization: Lenneke van Raaij (University of Exeter), Rozanne Versendaal (Utrecht University);
Funding: Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek (OZSMED), Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS).



The conference is aimed at graduate students (both Research MA and PhD) from all relevant disciplines. For the full programme, please see https://2ndgraduateconferenceinbookhistory.wordpress.com/program/

The conference will start at 10 am on Friday 2 February 2018 and will conclude with a keynote lecture. The day will consist of blocks of 20-minute papers, each followed by a 30-minute discussion panel. During the discussion speakers can answer questions from the audience. Attending research MA and PhDs affiliated to the Onderzoeksschool Medievistiek can earn 1 ECTS by doing an assignment (see below).


Food and Drinks

Coffee and tea will be provided free of charge for all attendants. For speakers, lunch is also free of charge, and others are welcome to join us for a small fee.


Registration is open for all those who are interested, at https://2ndgraduateconferenceinbookhistory.wordpress.com


Don’t hesitate to contact Rozanne Versendaal or Lenneke van Raaij (r.m.versendaal@uu.nl / lv271@exeter.ac.uk) if you have any questions or comments.

Further information: https://2ndgraduateconferenceinbookhistory.wordpress.com




Guidelines assignment Graduate Conference

‘Current research on manuscripts and printed books (500-1600)’

Utrecht, 2 February 2018


Current research on manuscripts and early printed books are central to this Graduate Conference. All speakers reflect on this theme by presenting what they are researching at the moment. For this assignment, we would like to ask you to write a review article (max. 1500 words) in which you reflect on the following questions:


  • Which different trends and tendencies related to the field of medieval studies and the humanities discipline in general characterize the various ‘Current research’ that is presented at the conference?
  • What different approaches of manuscripts and printed books and which research methods are used by the researchers / speakers?


Furthermore, please select one of the papers you attended and show how this paper (for example its flow of ideas, its sources, its interpretation, its approach…) can inspire and help you with your own research topic (MA thesis, proposal for PhD project, etc.).


Please hand in your assignment before 5 March 2018 to the organizers.