ICMS Kalamazoo 2019: Text and Construction Beyond the Codex
Please send 250-word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2018.
The codex is but one of the many forms medieval manuscripts could take. Texts were written on a variety of substrates and in many formats. From the extreme expandability of rolls and scrolls to the portability of the vade mecum, differing configurations afforded varying benefits and limitations to manuscripts. Likewise, the texts contained within these documents frequently responded to the material environments in which they were written: additions to genealogical rolls often attempt to replicate the appearance of earlier sections and to link illuminations depicting hereditary lines across the joins of membranes, while vade mecum often contain texts one might wish to reference quickly and easily - like calendars and medical treatments - divided up on their slender, folding pages. Responding to growing interest in non-codex or codex-adjunct forms such as fold-outs, insertions, and other materials, this panel invites papers that explore and interrogate our understanding of the relationship between text and form, or of the ways that scribes make use of material qualities and respond to the limitations of material form.