16 September: Catholic Legacies, 1500-1800: Uncovering Catholic lives and records
9:00 am-15:30pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, + 16:00-17:00 Special Display Session [registration required]
This one-day workshop will explore Britain’s rich early modern Catholic heritage through archival and material culture sources. The day will include examination of material in the Bodleian collections, as well as from the Vatican Library, the Archives of the Jesuit Province in Britain, the Archives of the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, the Blairs Museum, the British Museum, and Stonyhurst College.
The programme begins with discussions of the collections of the Vatican Library, by Adalbert Roth, Director of Printed Books at the BAV; and the archives of the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, by Hannah Thomas (Durham). Thomas McCoog, SJ, will describe The formation of Jesuit archives relevant to England and Lucy Wooding will speak about English Catholics and the Bible.
In the afternoon, a panel session ‘The material culture of early modern Catholicism’, will include Peter Davidson (Aberdeen), Dora Thornton (British Museum), and Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst College).
Attendance from 9:00-15:30 is free and open to all.
A special display session from 16.00-17.00 will feature material from the Bodleian and other collections.
Note, as space is limited you must be registered to attend the Special Display Session. Please see the programme and follow this link to register: Booking Special Display Session
21 October: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: Stephen Greenblatt master class
10:00 am, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Professor Stephen Greenblatt, Humanitas Visiting Professor, discusses representations of Adam and Eve, with material from Bodleian Libraries Special Collections.
Registration is required.
23 October: The New Boccaccio: Scholar, Scribe, Reader
2-6 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
To celebrate the seventh centenary of Giovanni Boccaccio’s birth (1313–2013) several cultural activities took place around the world. Our seminar focuses on a set of articles collected in the journal Italia Medioevale e Umanistica and entirely devoted to the Italian ‘humanist’. The aim was to disclose a new profile of Boccaccio, who should now be recognised not just as the novelist of the Decameron, but as a scribe and a scholar as important as Petrarch devoted to the rediscovery and study of the Latin Classics.
Irene Ceccherini (Bodleian Library & Lincoln College, Oxford)
Matilde Malaspina (Lincoln College, Oxford & 15cBOOKTRADE)
Martin McLaughlin (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages & Magdalen College, Oxford)
Angelo Piacentini (Cattolica University, Milan & Bodleian Library, Visiting Scholar)
Michael Reeve (Faculty of Classics & Pembroke College, Cambridge)
Nigel Wilson (Lincoln College, Oxford)
Register for free tickets.
2 November: Mr Gough’s ‘curious map’ of Britain: old image, new techniques
9-5:15, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
A team of specialists report on the application of modern imaging technology to disentangle the Gough Map’s complexities and understand its creation and function. Convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, London) and Nick Millea (Maps, Bodleian Library).
Speakers will include: Peter Barber (formerly British Library), Andrew Beeby (Durham), Christopher Clarkson (Bodleian Library), P.D.A. Harvey (Durham), David Howell (Bodleian Library), Adam Lowe (Factum Arte), Nigel Saul (Royal Holloway, London), Bill Shannon (Lancashire), Marinita Stiglitz (Bodleian Library), Christopher Whittick (East Sussex Record Office), and James Willoughby (New College, Oxford).
There will be a registration fee for the Gough Map symposium. Please see event listing for details.