Marginalia in Manuscripts and Books in North America

March 4, 2016 in Conference, Events

Border States:
Marginalia in North American Manuscripts and Printed Books

Call for Papers

Logo of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence (colour version)Two Panels
Sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
and Organized by Justin Hastings
(Department of English, Loyola University College, Chicago)

at the Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association (M-MLA)
to be held on 10-13 November 2016 at St. Louis, Missouri

The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, in keeping with the M-MLA conference’s theme of “Border States,” proposes the following pair of panels on materials in North American collections.

I.     Between Text and Page:  Marginalia in Medieval Manuscripts

II.   Between Manuscript Page and Printed Page — And Back Again

The panels invite all approaches, including textual, art historical, codicological, and paleographical.

Interested panelists should send brief abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 5 April 2016.

Justin Hastings for
The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
Department of English
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60626

Soon we will post the programs for these panels, as the selection progresses.


Facing pages in an opening of a dismembered manuscript, with a marginal addition in the originally blank second column at the end of the original text. Private collection, reproducted by permission.

A manuscript fragment and its marginalia. Private collection, reproduced by permission.

Information about this marginal entry and its manuscript context appears in Written In the Stars.


Note. We met Justin through his participation in the Research Group’s co-sponsored Session on Medieval Manuscripts in North American Collections at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies. The Abstract for his Paper is published here: Hastings (2013 Congress). We thank him for his continuing contributions and his organizational expertise.


For information about the Events of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, to which these Sponsored Panels belong, please see our Events and Events Archive.

For convenience, we maintain a distinction between our Events elsewhere (in various centers in North America and beyond) and our many Congress Activities over the years at the Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, likewise with a Congress Archive, held at Western Michigan University each May in Kalamazoo. 

The pair of panels intended for the 2016 M-MLA Convention represent the first time, apart from the Kalamazoo Congress, that the Research Group sponsors meetings within a conference held in North America.

We look forward to your contributions to this new stage in the history of the Research Group.