2nd Graduate Conference in Book History

Current Research in Early Medieval History and Manuscript Studies (650-1100) and in Early Printed Books (±1450-1600)

2nd Call for Papers


Date and location: Friday 2 February 2018, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht University, The Netherlands;
Open to: Research-MA and PhD students;
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).



This graduate conference is devoted to current research in manuscripts and printed books  of the premodern and early modern period (c. 650 – 1600) and is aimed at graduate students (both Research MA and PhD) from all relevant disciplines. There are still a few places left for speakers. We especially welcome papers in the field of early medieval history and manuscript studies, as well as of studies of early printed books. Speakers are invited to give a 20-minute paper on their research and they are encouraged to comment on their methodology and approach (for example paleography, codicology, reading practices, archival research, material bibliography).


Participants and Papers

The conference allows for presenters affiliated to Research MA and PhD programmes in medieval and early modern studies. 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.


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.


Students and PhDs interested in participating are requested to submit a title and an abstract for a paper (in English) of c. 500 words, in which they address both the topic of their paper, and methodology and approach. Please do also submit a short biography (c. 50 words).

Abstracts can be sent to lv271@exeter.ac.uk. Closing date for applications: 1 November 2017.



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