CONFERENCE: The Wandering Word: The travels of insular manuscripts, Trinity College, Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Dublin, 5 – 7 May 2016.
Manuscripts are by their nature portable. In some cases portability is inherent in their design, such as the pocket- gospels of the Insular world. In other cases it becomes clear through physical location; echoes of the nomadic nature of Insular texts are found in library collections across the Continent and beyond, whether in the survival of whole or fragmentary Insular texts, or through resonances of their distinctive style emulated in scriptoria far beyond British or Irish shores.
Travel through time has also left its mark. Physical alterations to manuscripts, the history of their ownership and the traditions associated with them all help to build a picture of changing attitudes towards manuscripts as physical objects over the past millennium and the different meanings that they may have conveyed.
The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Trinity College Early Irish Manuscripts Project is concerned with the conservation, digitization and art historical study of four such itinerant and mutable texts: Codex Usserianus Primus, the Book of Dimma, the Book of Mulling and the Garland of Howth. This conference will present the findings of the project to date, and set these texts within the broader context of the peregrinations of Insular manuscripts.
Thursday 5 May 2016, 13.00
* Susie Bioletti and Allyson Smith, Shining a light on the pigments of early Irish manuscripts
* John Gillis and Marco Di Bella, Challenges and Choices: The Conservation of four Early Irish Manuscripts
* William Endres, Digitally across time: Generating knowledge from 125 years of photographs of the St Chad Gospels.
* Carol Farr, Reused, rescued, recycled: Art historical contexts of the Irish fragments, St Gall Codex 1395
* Rachel Moss, Itinerant Iconography: Following the strands of the Garland of Howth
* Michelle Brown, Hagiography or History? Medieval Approaches to Establishing Origin and Provenance for Insular Copies of Scripture.
Friday 6 May 2016, 9.00
* Bernard Meehan, The Book of Mulling: Bindings and ‘Blurrings’
* Paul Mullarkey, Keeping our Word: The Book Shrines of Dimma and Mulling and their Relationship with other Manuscripts, Covers and Shrines
* Heather Pulliam, Breast-hoard: Carrying the Word of God.
* Timothy O’Neill, Initial wanderings
* Francis Newton, Unstudied Fragments of a Latin Gospel Book in Insular Half-Uncial
* Mark Stansbury, Wandering hands: Usserianus Primus and the movements of scripts.
* Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, The Earliest Echternach Liturgical Manuscript Fragments: Irish or Anglo-Saxon?
* David Dumville, A lifelong dedication?: A Gaelic scholar and his pet manuscript in Carolingian Europe
* Joanna Story, Insular Manuscripts: Continental Connections.
Saturday 7 May 2016, 9.30
Trip to St Mullin’s, Castledermot and Moone.