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Scholarly Correspondence on Medieval Germanic Language and Literature

Friday 17 November 2017
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

Even the most brilliant scholars do not come up with their ideas all by themselves. Their collaboration with other scholars is essential for the formation of new ideas and the dissemination of findings. In the centuries before the advent of computers and ‘Google Docs’, scholars turned to letter writing in order to collaborate, network, share ideas, and much more.

On Friday 17 November 2017, Leiden University will host a symposium dealing with scholarly correspondence (prior to 1945) within the field of medieval Germanic language and literature. Topics range from sixteenth-century correspondence on Old English manuscripts to early twentieth-century correspondence on medieval manuscripts in the Low Countries. The symposium features ten papers, by speakers from all over the world (Leiden, The Hague, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jena, Oxford, Glasgow and Moscow). In addition to the papers, the symposium will also provide an opportunity for attendees to see actual manuscripts and letters housed at the Leiden University Library. Because these manuscripts and letters all pertain in some way to the papers that will be presented at the symposium, the topics are sure to come to life!

The symposium is free and open to all, but please register in advance by sending an email to Thijs Porck.

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