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A Fractured Inheritance: The Problems, Challenges, and Opportunities of Collecting Manuscript Fragments

Tuesday, September 15 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

A 75-minute panel discussion followed by 15 minutes of Q&A scheduled for:
*Tuesday, 15 September, 5–6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom*.

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“Fragmentology” has emerged as one of the dominant subjects in the
broader manuscript studies field, as digital technologies have
facilitated the identification, location, and reaggregation of widely
dispersed individual folios originally from the same common manuscript.
The reconstruction of broken manuscripts raises questions across the
spectrum of medieval book studies, including codicology, paleography,
art historical and textual research, historical provenance, modern
consumerism, and the contested and shifting value of manuscript
fragments as either objects of connoisseurship or scholarship.
Collecting fragments is a highly contentious topic, and this session
will address it from institutional, private, commercial, and scholarly

This event’s panelists are Sumayya Ahmed, Tom Bredehoft, Lisa Fagin
Davis, Rose A. McCandless, and Jim Sims. Eric Johnson is moderating the

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