Business Meetings

Business Meetings
of the
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

The Research Group has held its Business Meetings frequently at the Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, held in May at Kalamazoo, where various of our Trustees, Associates, Advisors, and Volunteers gather.

Our blog for our Activities, year by year, at the International Congress on Medieval Studies cites these Business Meetings for individual years, but recently our practice has expanded to highlight the Open Business Meetings at the Congress (2015–).

Customarily, these Meetings are announced by Posters set in our copyright font RGME Bembino.  The Meetings are introduced and accompanied by their one-page Agendas available at the Meetings and, subsequently, as downloads on this website.

Several of these traditions came to shift in the years 2020 and 2021, as we adapted to the cancellation of the Congress altogether in 2020 (leading to the promulgation of the Agenda on its own), and the requirement to hold the 2021 Congress in virtual form.  The Business Meetings for those 2 years have no companion Posters.  Conflicts in the scheduling for ours and our co-sponsor’s Business Meetings at the 2021 Congress led us to add another Business Meeting, a Pre-Congress Business Meeting, to our series of activities for the year.

Triple Treat: Posters, set in RGME Bembino, announcing the RGME Business Meeting and 2 associated Receptions at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies.

“Writing on the Wall” at the 2017 Congress. Photography by Mildred Budny.

Concise Agenda & Record

Poster, set in RGME Bembino, announcing the 2017 Business Meeting at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval StudiesThese Open Business Meetings, open to all, are accompanied by a one-page Agenda, which reports our current accomplishments, aims, needs, and wishes, with invitations to contribute to our activities, mission, and further planning.

Our practice is to “unveil” the Agenda at its Meeting, use its plan as a guide or touchstone for the reports and discussions, and then circulate the Agenda more widely afterward, both in printed form and in downloadable form on our website.

Thus they continue to serve as records, reports, and models well after the events.

Available Here

The Agenda Report for the 2021 Business Meeting is now available.  It resembles the Agendas of earlier years, combining elements of multiple Reports with a view to plans and potential.  This version of the genre, the Agenda Report, now has a companion Agenda.

Soon it will be accompanied by the Agenda itself.  (See also below for 2021.)

The Agendas for our Open Business Meetings remain available for consultation and inspiration.

How these Meetings stand within the Programs of our Congress Activities overall for each of these years is reported, and sometimes illustrated, in the Congress Reports or Announcements:

Now, as the active functions of the Open Business Meetings gather momentum, we open a Page dedicated to them. If you see more ways that the Meetings and their Page might be helpful, please let us know. After all, their momentum encourages a continuing interaction, which does not depend upon the Annual Meeting alone as a spur for suggestions, discussion, and action.


After the successful completion of the Business Meeting of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence on 15 May 2015, 3 of its participants pause to record the moment. Photography © Mildred Budny.

2015 Business Meeting


At the 2017 RGME Business Meeting. Photography © Mildred Budny.

At the 2017 RGME Business Meeting. Photography © Mildred Budny.


2018 Business Meeting

2018 Business Meeting


It turns out that we don’t have photographs from the 2019 Business Meeting, although there are many photographs from the 2019 Reception, to which came most of the attendees for the Meeting.  Have a look at our 2019 Congress Behind the Scenes Report.

2019 Reception and Business Meeting Invitations.

2019 Reception and Business Meeting Invitations.


We plan for a Business Meeting at the 2021 Congress. See 2021 Congress Program in Planning.

This year, the Business Meetings have an Agenda Report as well as an Agenda.  Each presents a 1-page outline reporting our achievements for 2020 and 2021, and listing work-in-progress, future activities or projects, wishes, and aims.  The Agenda Report stands in the tradition of our Agendas in previous years (see above), while the Agenda in its new, 2021, form focuses upon the Items for consideration, feedback, discussion, suggestions, and advice.


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Please join our Business Meetings, as your time permits, or visit them through our Agendas, available for download above.