2024 Anniversary Symposium in Thanks to Jesse Hurlbut: Program

October 18, 2023 in Announcements, Conference, Conference Announcement, Event Registration, Manuscript Studies, RGME Symposia, Uncategorized


An RGME Anniversary Symposium
in Thanks to Jesse Hurlbut
(RGME WebMaster Emeritus)

Co-Organized by
Katharine C. Chandler and Jessica L. Savage

Saturday 24 February 2024 online by Zoom
10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST (GMT-5)

Announcement Part 1: The Program

[Posted on 18 October 2023, with updates]

We announce the 2024 RGME Anniversary Symposium, as an expression of thanks to our RGME WebMaster Emeritus, Jesse Hurlbut, upon his retirement. This Symposium is the first in our Symposia for 2024, when the RGME celebrates an anniversary of 35 years as an international scholarly society founded in England, and 25 years as a nonprofit educational corporation based in Princeton, New Jersey.

Jesse’s contributions to the RGME as Associate and WebMaster date from 2005, a few years after our incorporation in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  The generosity of his contributions to the RGME and many others in fields of manuscript and other studies across the years lead us, in the company of some of his former students and colleagues, to offer this Symposium in thanks.

For the background for this Symposium, see the companion post to this one:

The First WebMaster of the RGME

An accomplished medievalist, manuscript historian, photographer, blogger, and scholar of French language and literature, Jesse Hurlbut generously served as the first WebMaster of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence (2005–2023). Following Jesse’s retirement on 30 June 2023, we wish to offer this event in thanks, to examine subjects related to his interests, work, and teaching in the world of manuscript studies. The Symposium brings together former students, colleagues, and friends to share their work and work-in-progress in various subjects or projects which his work, teaching, and example may have helped to inspire or refine.

Jesse Hurlbut and the Château de Chambord in 2023. Photograph by Patricia Stevenson.

The Purpose

Our Save-the-Date Poster expresses the plan in word and image for an Anniversary Symposium full of “MANUSCRIPT (HE)ART”.  (You may download it here.)

Save-the-Date Poster for 2024 Anniversary Symposium in Thanks to Jesse Hurlbut. Poster set in RGME Bembino.

The Symposium Program

Both the name for the Symposium and the representative image or ‘emblem’ (seen on the Poster) were chosen by the Symposium co-organizers, Katharine C. Chandler and Jessica L. Savage, from Jesse’s own website dedicated to Manuscript Art: Taking a Closer Look.

1. Morning Session

The morning session, “Le monde en fleurs: Visualizing the Natural World of Late Medieval France

,” will focus on the art and manuscripts of medieval France “in flower” and especially over the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Contributions include papers on French literature, women’s books, symbolism of the floral, animal, and monstrous, and highlights in the codicology and patronage of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

2. Afternoon Roundtable

An afternoon of five presentations will dive into the topic “Medieval Manuscripts in the Social Media Public Sphere,” focused on connections, crowdsourcing, and community-building through social media with medieval manuscripts, including the digitization and imaging of manuscripts. The contributions close with a special response paper on Jesse Hurlbut’s websites and a Roundtable for the afternoon presenters, including our invited guest Jesse Hurlbut, to engage in scholarly dialogue.


Saturday 24 February 2024 online by Zoom
10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST (GMT-5)

Morning Session:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm EST (GMT-5)

10:00–10:10 am EST (GMT-5)

Opening Remarks

Mildred Budny (Director, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)
“Welcome and Introduction:
An RGME Anniversary Symposium with Thanks and Manuscript ‘(HE)ART’”

Morning Session
Le monde en fleurs:
Visualizing the Natural World of Late Medieval France”

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
(Professor Emerita, Department of French and Italian, University of Pittsburgh)

10:10–10:30 am
S.C. Kaplan
(Acting French Language Program Coordinator and Lecturer of French, University of California, Santa Barbara)
“The Flowering of Bourbonnais Women’s Manuscripts”

10:30–10:50 am
Haleigh Burgon
(PhD Candidate in French, Department of Romance Studies, Boston University)
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?:
A Reflection on Symbolic Marian Floral Images in Late Medieval French Manuscripts”

10:50 am – 11:00 am. Questions & Discussion

Tina-Marie Ranalli
(Independent Scholar)
“The Medieval Sphinx”

11:20–11:40 am
Samantha Pious
(Independent Scholar and Translator)
“Natural Punctuation: Reading Verse in the Queen’s Manuscript of Christine de Pizan”

11:40–11:50 am. Questions and Discussion

11:50 am – 12:10 pm
Joyce Coleman
(Rudolph C. Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature & Culture, Emerita, University of Oklahoma)
“The Flowers of Literature: From Feuilles to Folios.”

12:10–12:20 pm
ResponseJessica L. Savage
(Art History Specialist, Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University)
Pèlerinage and Présentation:
A Promenade through the Poème sur la Passion made for François I (Pierpont Morgan Library, MS. M.147)”

12:20–12:30 pm. Questions & Discussion (10 minutes for questions)

12:30–1:00 pm: 30-minute Break (on your own)

2. Afternoon Roundtable: 1:00–3:45 pm EST (GMT-5)
“Medieval Manuscripts in the Social Media Public Sphere”

Dr N. Kıvılcım Yavuz (Lecturer in Medieval Studies and Digital Humanities, University of Leeds)

Laura Morreale (Independent Researcher, Middle Ages for Educators)
“When the Crowd Goes Home: Transcribed Texts Revived and Reused”

Anna Siebach-Larsen (Director, Russell Hope Robbins Library and Koller-Collins Center, University of Rochester)
“Discovering Labor: Social Media, Digitization, and the Ecosystem of Manuscript Access”

Johan Oosterman (Professor of Medieval Literature, Radboud University)
“Crowdfunding for the Book of Mary: The Crowd as an Engaged Audience and Dedicated Supporter”

Katharine C. Chandler (Special Collections and Serials Cataloger, University of Arkansas Libraries)
“From Fragments to Codices:
A Brief Survey of How Philadelphia contributed to the Digitization of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts”

2:30–2:45 pm

Response: Thomas E. Hill (Art Librarian, Vassar College Library)
“The Websites of Jesse Hurlbut”

2:45–3:30 pm

Closing Roundtable

Jesse D. Hurlbut (RGME WebMaster Emeritus)
Beatus Vir

All Speakers and Open Floor for Questions

3:30–3:45 pm

Closing Remarks


More Information

For more information on the planning of this event and its aims, please see our supplementary post for this Symposium:

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