To celebrate the completion of the In the Bygynning project and the launch of the Manchester Middle English Digital Library, the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester is hosting a major academic conference on 17-18 September 2009.
The Manchester Middle English Manuscripts Conference will consider the Rylands collection within the wider context of other corpora of ME manuscripts, and explore the potential of digitisation to enable novel methods and new avenues of scholarly enquiry.
Keynote speaker Professor Julia Boffey of Queen Mary University, London, will open the conference with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday 17th September. Other speakers include Professor Wendy Scase (Birmingham), Prof. Tony Edwards (De Montfort University) and Professor John Thompson (Queen’s, Belfast).
The conference will be of interest to medieval historians, students of Middle English literature, linguists, codicologists, historians of the book, archivists and manuscript curators.
The deadline for registration is Friday 28th August, but early booking is strongly recommended.