Relevant Degree Programs
Manuscript studies; History of the Book; History of Reading; History of Libraries; Materiality of Information (Book Design); Digital Humanities where it intersects with the History of the Book.
While there is lots of flexibility as to the precise topic, focus, and methodology, the proposed research must intersect with the History of the Book, ideally, the history of the manuscript book as it was produced in the Medieval West. Proposed topics may include the early history of printing but should generally be limited to the period up to 1600.
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- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.
Teaching in the classrooms of the early universities was primarily done in the scholastic mode, which prioritized classroom dispute and formal argument. This instructional practice was applied in law, theology, and arts faculties, as well as medicine. Although scholars have begun to explore the role of scholasticism in medical teaching during this formative period, the impact that it had on the design of manuscripts intended for medical education has yet to be addressed systematically. I study the range of design choices implemented by scribes when producing these medieval medical textbooks—the Articella and Ars commentata—using a corpus of eighty total manuscripts produced during the thirteenth century. In the course of this study, I develop and present a novel, visual analysis-oriented framework, with which I assess manuscript page design in a systematic manner. This framework facilitates meaningful comparisons between corpora and in the case of this study its capacity for enabling comparison is demonstrated with a chronological analysis. This approach blends conventional manuscript studies with analysis of cultural context to facilitate understanding of the ways in which the needs of those teaching or studying medicine in a scholastic classroom are reflected on the page. The study has two main outcomes: an understanding of the ways that information was used and communicated in medical education, and a framework that enables structured and objective comparisons to be made between the page designs of different groups of manuscripts, irrespective of their time or location of production.
- Cultural and Textual Exchanges, The Manuscript Across Pre-modern Eurasia [Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, Obermann Center for Advances Studies, The University of Iowa, 28 April 2017] (2017)
- Het ontketende boek (2017)
- Hidden Library: Visualizing Fragments of Medieval Manuscripts in Early-Modern Bookbindings with mobile Macro-XRF Scanner (2017)
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- Medieval Manuscripts (2017)
- Not for Keeps: The Ephemeral in Medieval Manuscript Culture [Richard and Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture, University of California, LA, 17 January 2017] (2017)
- The Sherlock Holmes of Medieval Manuscripts? (2017)
- Verstopte middeleeuwse teksten worden weer zichtbaar door röntgenstraling (2017)
- Waarom je een eeuwenoud boek zou willen meten? Deze man beheert 4.000 handschriften (2017)
- Bookmarks: The Hidden Library (2016)
- Costume Catalogue from 16th-century France (2016)
- Dirty Old Books (2016)
- Kleutertekeningen gevonden in middeleeuws manuscript (2016)
- Middeleeuws handschrift: letters verraden datum (2016)
- Niet lezen maar kijken! (2016)
- Ten-minute item on script and scribe of Hebban olla vogala (2016)
- The Secret Libraries of History (2016)
- X-Rays Reveal ‘Hidden Library’ on the Spines of Early Books (2016)
- X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings (2016)
- "Books on a Stick" (2015)
- "Box It, Bag It, Wrap It: Medieval Books on the Go" (2015)
- "Chain, Chest, Curse: Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times" (2015)
- "Cracking Codes in Medieval Times" (2015)
- "Dirty Medieval Books" (2015)
- "Half Full, Half Empty: The Peculiar Medieval Page" (2015)
- "Helping Hands on the Medieval Page" (2015)
- "Judging a Book by its Covers" (2015)
- "Medieval Bargain Books" (2015)
- "Medieval Posters" (2015)
- "Rare Medieval Book Tags" (2015)
- "Texting in Medieval Times" (2015)
- "The Incredible Expandable Book" (2015)
- "X-Rays Expose a Hidden Medieval Library" (2015)
- “Geheim van de boekband” (2015)
- “Radio Papier”, consulting for and participation in an item of 20 minutes about the waning of paper (2015)
- “Scanner onthult verborgen bibliotheek” (2015)
- 20-minute long interview about my research project on twelfth-century manuscripts (2015)
- Interview about scanning bookbindings (2015)
- Kennis van Nu TV: short item on scanning bookbindings (2015)
- News article devoted to find of new Pamplona Bible fragment (2015)
- News article devoted to my outreach activities and an increased online presence of scholars (2015)
- News article devoted to research funding in the Netherlands, interview with color photograph (2015)
- Ook niet-hoogleraren moeten promotor kunnen zijn (2015)
- Research to reveal medieval book fragments inside bindings with the help of the MA-XRF x-ray technique (2015)
- Verborgen middeleeuwse bibliotheek (2015)
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Continental Scribes in Rochester Cathedral Priory, 1075-1150 (2013)
- Writing in Context: Insular Manuscript Culture 500-1200 (2013)
- Writing in Context: Introduction (2013)
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