September 27, 2013
Gregory Pass

40th Annual Medieval Manuscripts Conference

Event Details: October 11 - October 12

Conference posterThe Vatican Film Library in the University Libraries Special Collections will celebrate its 40th St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12.

This annual two-day conference features a wide array of topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies, addressing subjects such as paleography, codicology, illumination, book production and more. This year's program includes sessions on "masterpieces" of medieval illumination, the pedigrees and provenance of manuscripts, scribal intervention in manuscript production, manuscripts in Middle English, and manuscripts by, for, and about women.

Two keynote speakers will deliver the Lowrie J. Daly, S.J., Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies this year:

  • Thomas Kren, Ph.D., will speak on "Extra-Devotional Imagery in the Grandes heures of Anne of Brittany and the Hours of Louis XII" at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Kren is the associate director of Collections and Elizabeth Morrison Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
  • Derek Pearsall, Ph.D., will present "Medieval Anthologies, Compilations, Miscellanies: The Rage for Order" at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Pearsall is emeritus professor of English at the University of York and Harvard University.

The Lowrie Daly lecture series is co-sponsored with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Both keynote lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in Pere Marquette Gallery in DuBourg Hall.

Regular sessions of the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies are open to the public through registration. Saint Louis University students are admitted free of charge. For further information, visit the conference webpage or contact the Vatican Film Library at 314-977-3090 or

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