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Erik Kwakkel elected to the Comité International de Paléographie Latine (CIPL)

On 18 June, 2015, Erik Kwakkel was elected to the Comité International de Paléographie Latine (CIPL), a scholarly committee that specializes in the study of the medieval book.

The Comité International de Paléographie Latine (CIPL) is a scholarly committee with headquarters in Paris. Its 75 members (from 17 countries) are senior researchers that specialize in the study of the medieval book, more particularly its script (paleography) and physical construction (codicology). Members meet once every two years at different locations in Europe, produce catalogues, and foster international collaboration in the study of the medieval book.

Established in 1953, CIPL is perhaps best known for producing the Catalogues des manuscrits datés (CMD), an ongoing series that identifies and describes dated manuscripts, a key resource for studying developments in medieval script and codicology. It has also produced the Vocabulaire codicologique (first edition in French, in 1985, but also online), which provides a terminology for the medieval manuscript’s physical features, thereby facilitating international discussion. In 1993 CIPL established L’Association paléographique internationale – Culture, Écriture, Société (APICES), an open society that also aims to encourage the study of medieval manuscripts.

Erik Kwakkel was elected on 18 June, 2015 as one of eight new members based at universities in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Kwakkel’s research covers both paleography and codicology. His current work on the development of twelfth-century script leans heavily on quantitative data and digital research. He maintains a popular blog related to medieval books.

The Netherlands has one other CIPL member: Dr. J.P. Gumbert, Emeritus Professor of Paleography and Codicology at Leiden University, who retired in 2000.

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