Events from the Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book, Autumn 2021

Ruskin School of Art student and researcher work, collage
Collage of work by Ruskin School of Art graduates and researchers

The webpages of the Centre for the Study of the Book contain information about academic engagement, scholarly events and fellowship opportunities in Bodleian Special Collections

Current season (Michaelmas Term, to December 2021)

Monday 11 October 2021
The information revolution in one afternoon.
Members of the Oxford Scribes, the Bodleian Bibliographical Press, and Digital Scholarship@Oxford race to publish the same text using three different technologies
Weston Library, Blackwell Hall (public foyer), from 1 pm
Free, open to all.

Monday 11 October-Wednesday 20 October 2021
The Lyell Lectures 2020-21
Paul Needham (Princeton), ‘The Genesis, Life, and Afterlife of the Gutenberg Bible’
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library & online
All at 5 pm
Registration is required for in-person attendance. The lectures will also be livestreamed. See the event listing on the Bodleian’s Visit website.

Tuesday 19 October 2021
Lecture: Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, ‘The Institutional Library and the History of Book Collecting: Fragility and Perseverance’
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Registration is required.
The Bodleian Library was one of the greatest libraries of the first age of print. In size and resilience it was exceptional. Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen look at the Bodleian’s founding in the wider context of an age where other institutional libraries struggled for survival, and university libraries were often smaller collections than those of university professors. Private collecting played an essential and underrated part in the development of library, right through to the trials and turbulence of the twentieth century – in which the Bodleian would again play a notable role.
Andrew Pettegree, FBA is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue. He is the author of over a dozen books in the fields of Reformation history and the history of communication including Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion, The Book in the Renaissance, The Invention of News, and Brand Luther: 1517, Print and the Making of the Reformation.
Arthur der Weduwen is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews and Deputy Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue. He researches and writes on the history of the Dutch Republic, books, news, libraries and early modern politics. He is the author of Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age (co-authored with Andrew Pettegree) and two books on early newspaper advertising in the Netherlands.
The Library: A Fragile History, is published by Profile on 14 October.

Tuesday 2 November 2021
Multi-library seminar: Early Printing in Bamberg  Albrecht Pfister und die ältesten deutschsprachigen Drucke aus Bamberg / Albrecht Pfister and the earliest printed books in German from Bamberg.
A remote tour including Bamberg, Berlin, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, John Rylands Library Manchester, Oxford and Princeton
Prof. Dr. Bettina Wagner (Staatsbibliothek Bamberg)
Alyssa Steiner M.St. (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg)
Online, registration required. Register for e-mail announcements from the CSB to receive information.

Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 5.15 p.m.
Oxford Bibliographical Society/ Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book
‘What does feminist bibliography do?’
A panel discussion with Dr Sarah Werner, Dr Francesca Galligan and Dr Tiffany Stern
Online, registration required. Register: e-mail


Looking ahead: Events for Winter 2022 (Hilary Term)

Palaeography Seminar: Medieval manuscripts master classes
(Details to follow)

Seminar in the History of the Book
(Details to follow)

Thursday & Friday, 17th & 18th February 2022
Workshop on the Murbach Hymns and Bodleian MS. Junius 25
In this workshop, the fascinating Murbach hymns – a Latin hymnal with Old High German interlinear glosses from the 8/9th century – and their manuscript (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Junius 25) will be carefully examined regarding their translation technique, use and function, cultural background and transmission. Expect an afternoon full of presentations and discussions, a peek in the original manuscript and a live recitation of the hymns.
Registration required, updates to follow.
Convenor: Luise Morawetz (

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