Navigating the Text: Textual Articulation and Division Across Cultures

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Call for Papers
August 30, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Ancient History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Intellectual History, Research and Methodology

We are organising a two-day conference "Navigating the Text: Textual Articulation and Division Across Cultures" that will be held on 3-4 May 2019 at Merton College and The Queen's College, Oxford. We expect to invite 12-15 specialists working on different manuscript and epigraphic traditions from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Near East, South Asia, East Asia and Mesoamerica. Each participant will present a case study focusing on an image of a specific material text (epigraphic or manuscript) and discuss the different aspects of structuring employed in it, paying close attention to how different units within the text are marked by the use of (for example) borders, frames, titles and sub-titles, space, colour, variants of script, punctuation, etc.

Organising institutions: Merton College, Oxford; The Queen's College, Oxford; Workshop for Manuscript and Text Cultures at Queen's; Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Libraries.

For more details and submission guidelines, please see the website:

The deadline for submission of proposals is 30 August.