Call for Applicants - An Introduction to Islamic Manuscript Culture Workshop, University of Michigan Library - 28-29 Oct.

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An Introduction to Islamic Manuscript Culture


Workshop with curator and manuscript specialist, Evyn Kropf

28-29 October 2020, Special Collections Research Center, University of Michigan Library

Offered in conjunction with the HIAA 2020 Biennial Symposium "Regime Change" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, this intensive workshop will provide participants with a broad introduction to the study of Islamic manuscript cultures and will feature exemplars from the Islamic Manuscripts Collection preserved in the University of Michigan Library.

The workshop will be structured around lectures interspersed with hands-on sessions presenting fundamental elements of Islamic manuscript studies with a focus on codicology & palaeography. The following topics will be covered:

-An introduction to codicological studies
-Writing material: parchment and paper
-Structures: the codex & beyond
-Layout / ruling, media and ornament
-Scripts & hands
-Paratexts, annotations, marks of ownership, etc
-Overview of describing manuscripts

Attendance will be capped at fifteen participants. Priority will be given to graduate student attendees of the symposium, but applications from postdocs and established scholars will also be considered. 

Through generous grants from the U-M History of Art Department and University Library, fees will be waived, and selected participants will be offered two nights' accommodation (Tuesday 27 October and Wednesday 28 October) as well as refreshments and lunch each of the workshop days. Participants will be expected to cover their own travel and dinners. 

Interested applicants should submit this form ( and email a copy of their CV to

Applications will remain open until 15 March 2020.

Selected participants will be notified by 15 April 2020.

Feel free to contact with any questions.