Meetings 2022

Online seminar: 9 May 2022 [video]

  • BENJAMIN ALBRITTON, the Rare Books Curator for Stanford University's Special Collections, will lead us on A virtual tour of recently acquired medieval material at Stanford

  • Here is a link to the Special Collections website, if you wish to explore it:

Online seminar: 11 April 2022 [this meeting was not recorded]

  • Kristen Herdman (Yale University) on Nuns & Needlework: Embroidery and Medieval Cloistered Women

  • During the high and late Middle Ages both men and women worked in textile production. From large commercial enterprises to small domestic projects, weaving, needle point, and other fiber arts flourished. Beyond the lay sphere, textile production in monastic settings also thrived. In particular, embroidery provided a medium for nuns to create objects of both monetary and spiritual value. This talk will discuss the types of embroideries produced by cloistered medieval women, touching on both technique, narrative strategies, and theology as we explore their compelling needlework creations.

Online seminar: 14 March 2022 [video]

  • LAURA HOLLENGREEN (University of Arizona, School of Architecture) on Design at the Border: Liminality in Medieval and Postmodern Contexts

  • Laura discussed her research into the medieval precedents of the liminal experiences found now in virtual reality design.

Online seminar: 7 February 2022 [video]

Online seminar: 10 January 2022 [video]

  • ELAINE TREHARNE (Stanford University) on her new book, Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts: The Phenomenal Book

  • From the book's abstract: "Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts takes as its starting point an understanding that a medieval book is a whole object at every point of its long history. As such, medieval books can be studied most profitably in a holistic manner as objects-in-the-world. This means readers might profitably account for all aspects of the manuscript in their observations, from the main texts that dominate the codex to the marginal notes, glosses, names, and interventions made through time. This holistic approach allows us to tell the story of the book's life from the moment of its production to its use, collection, breaking-up, and digitization--all aspects of what can be termed 'dynamic architextuality'."