October 22nd, 2012
Editing texts is often a lonely occupation. And yet the need to discuss work-in-progress is rarely more important than when it comes to textual editing. For that reason, and in order to provide a forum for editors to meet and discuss their editions, the “Medieval Latin Philology Seminar” has been created, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Collaborative Program in Editing Medieval Texts.
This is the model: anyone who is working on preparing a critical edition of a medieval text may approach the Director of the Collaborative Program, who is also Chair of the Seminar, to discuss the possible hosting of a seminar session. Depending on the suitability of the subject, he or she may then submit material to the Chair, who distributes it to the members of the seminar, one week in advance, giving participants ample time to scrutinize the submitted work and facilitate intelligent discussion at the seminar a week later.
As mentioned already, the Director of the Program is also the Chair of the Seminar, unless he or she himself presents material, in which case an Acting Chair is appointed. This will also happen if the subject-matter of any seminar reaches beyond the knowledge of the regular Chair.
The Seminar is open to students and faculty who are interested in editing Medieval Latin texts. If you intend to participate, and wish to receive materials for the meetings, please send an e-mail (or equivalent communication) to the Chair, Prof. Alexander Andrée, to enable the creation of an email list. If you are interested in presenting material at the Seminar, please indicate so to the Chair. Please also do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the nature of the seminar.
The first inaugural meeting will be on November 13, 2:30 PM in LMB 310, when Prof. Michael Herren will present on the topic of “Editing the B-Text of the Hisperica Famina.” Also at this meeting, further guidelines for the Seminar will be discussed and worked out.
Please remember that the purpose of the Seminar is to have work-in-progress scrutinized by fellows and thus provide help and guidance in matters where you are rather not left alone.