2024 Autumn Symposium: “At the Helm”

February 19, 2024 in Anniversary, Conference, Conference Announcement, RGME Symposia

2024 Autumn Symposium
“At the Helm:
Spotlight on Special Collections
as Teaching Events”

Friday and Saturday, 25–26 October 2024 by Zoom

London, The British Library , Yates Thompson MS 36, fol. 65r, detail. Dante Alighieri, Divina Comedia, Canto 1, Purgatorio. Northern Italy, 15th century.

Part 2 (of 2) in the series of

2024 Spring and Autumn Symposia
on “Bridges”

To follow up from

Part 1 (of 2)
2024 Spring Symposium at Vassar College

“Between Past and Future:
Building Bridges between Special Collections and
Teaching for the Liberal Arts”

“Study on a Medieval Bridge” at Amares , Braga District, Portugal. Image by Pedro Nuno Caetano (2019) via Wikimedia Commons via Creative Commons 2.0 Generic.

[Posted on 18 February 2024, with updates]

This event forms a pair with the Spring Symposium (Part 1) in the 2024 RGME Anniversary Year, for which our Theme is “Bridges”.

Part 1

Part 1 is planned in hybrid format, with access in person and online.  It was held over three days in April, from 18 Friday to 22 Sunday 2024.  Its Title tells its purpose, focus, and mission:

“Between Past and Future:
Building Bridges between Special Collections
and Teaching for the Liberal Arts”

Part 2

Part 2, to be held online for two days in October, provides an integrated follow-up for the Spring Symposium centered upon Vassar.

This time, taking charge on the Bridge of a nautical vessel of passage (Bridge, Wheelhouse, or Pilothouse; Bridge or Pilothouse), we focus on selected cases to examine such teaching practices and resources at work.

“At the Helm:
Spotlight on Special Collections as Teaching Events”

Friday and Saturday 24–25 October 2024 by Zoom
Friday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm EDT (GMT-4)
Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT (GMT-4)

In keeping with our tradition – informal, but structured – for our RGME Symposia (as with our 2023 Spring and Autumn Symposia), we can allow presenters the opportunity, with minimal preparation, to showcase collections (private and public) in virtual visits guided by curators or collectors, in the company of teachers and students on-site and online.

Our goal here is to channel the purposeful momentum for the Spring Symposium at Vassar College in a simpler follow-up demonstrating the mission in action of teaching with the material evidence in Special Collections.  Whilst the Spring Symposium focuses (but not exclusively) on the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Autumn Symposium welcomes a wide variety of periods, cultures, and genres of material.

Speakers, Curators, Scholars, Students, and Collectors include (in alphabetical order) Reid Byers, Özgen Felek and Agniezska Rec, Laura Morreale, David Porreca, and Anne Stanton.

More to come! Watch this space.

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Dressed in a long blue garment, the author sits at work on a bench beside a lectern holding an opened book to which he holds a quill pen to page.

© The British Library, Harley MS 4425, fol. 133r, detail. Roman de la Rose: Portrait of Jean de Meun, author, pauses at the work of writing in an open book with double columns of text. Bruges, c. 1490 – c. 1500.

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Coda
At Sea and “At the Helm”

London, The British Library, Yates Thompson MS 36, fol. 65r. Dante Alighieri, Divina Comedia, Canto 1, Purgatorio. Northern Italy (Siena), 15th century.

A Note on the Image:  Within the historiated initial P of Per opening Canto 1 of Purgatorio in the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (circa 1265 – 1321), a ship under sail carries the poets Dante and his guide Publius Vergilius Maro (70 – 19 BC).

The manuscript (London, British Library, Yates Thompson MS 36, is one of the most beautiful and largely illustrated of the many surviving medieval manuscripts of this important text. See, for example, Yates Thompson 36 in The World of Dante.

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Watch this space as our plans develop.

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