Monday, March 02, 2009


SCRIPTO (Scholarly Codicological Research, Information & Palaeographical Tools) is a Postgraduate Programme at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg supported by the Luise Prell Foundation, the Schirmer Foundation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, and available to graduate Medievalists and Early Modern Specialists. It offers a systematic, research-oriented introduction to the study of medieval and early modern manuscripts and to methods of describing and interpreting them. SCRIPTO is a sort of bridge between research and practical work and combines research and instruction within the framework of a uniquely innovative course, at the end of which each candidate will be awarded a certificate from Friedrich Alexander University.

SCRIPTO consists of six modules that cover a broad spectrum of subjects (text typology; book illumination; palaeography; codicology; incunabula studies; informatics). There will be SCRIPTO research seminars, one of which will be given by Rosamond McKitterick (Cambridge) at Bamberg. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on a common research project.

The German Manuscript Centres in Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart and Wolfenbüttel are supportive of the SCRIPTO programme. The course will take place in cooperation with the manuscript departments of the Erlangen University Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, the City Library in Nuremberg and the Herzog August Bibliothek at Wolfenbüttel.

The international academic committee of the SCRIPTO programme is made up of the following scholars: Prof. Jacques Berlioz (Ecole nationale des chartes, Paris), Prof. Guglielmo Cavallo (Università degli studi «La Sapienza», Rome), Prof. David Ganz (King’s College, London), Prof. Eef Overgauuw (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin ? Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Representative of the German Manuscript Centres) and Prof. Ursula Rautenberg (Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg).

SCRIPTO sessions will take place in Bamberg (Staatsbibliothek), Erlangen (Universitätsbibliothek), Munich (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek), Nuremberg (Stadtbibliothek) and Wolfenbüttel (Herzog August Bibliothek) at a fee of 850 Euros (which includes travel and accommodations for seminars outside of Erlangen ) per participant. Further information may be obtained online:

SCRIPTO III 2009/2010
SCRIPTO III will run from 26 October 2009 until 27 January 2010. Applicants should write enclosing a full CV to:
Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari
Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitätMittellatein und NeulateinKochstr. 4/391054 Erlangen (Germany)

The application deadline is 31 August 2009. The language of instruction is German. Foreign participants, however, will be able to take German language courses at Friedrich Alexander University if they so wish. They should mention this in their application.
Those applicants accepted for the course will be charged 850 Euros and will receive a document stating the terms of agreement and detailed information about the course, including the timetable. [HT: DISKUS]

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