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Published on Friday, June 05, 2020 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

For this special issue of Vox medii aevi, dedicated to Variation in Medieval Book Culture, we invite original research addressing the subjects of the manuscript variation in different language cultures of the Middle Ages; variation and working strategies of medieval scribe; oral and written in the medieval book culture; place of the retelling in the medieval book culture; variation in specific contexts; and variation and methodology of its research in medieval studies.

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Argument

Any work with medieval manuscripts implies studying hundreds of variants. The 20th century witnessed a dramatic change in the approaches towards this variation, from the search for the Graal of the reconstructed original to the humble appreciation of any individual manuscript as it is. The latter approach has been developing since the famous manifest, first proposed in the essay by Bernard Cerquiglini and then picked up by Steven Nichols — to understand the medieval book culture, one needs to recognise variation as an integral part of medieval literacy that cannot be put aside but has to be studied on its own.

The variation manifest going hand in hand with the appreciation of orality in medieval intellectual culture has given rise to new approaches towards variation in the individual regional manuscript traditions. Thus, it seems of great interest to see whether variation itself can vary in any way from tradition to tradition, from context to context. This issue aims to collect examples of the approaches towards variation in different regions of medieval literacy, not only stimulated by the variation manifest but also ones that had a separate history of dealing with medieval variation. The collection will render to comparative perspective both on the variation and on the ways the scholars coming from different backgrounds developed by long traditions of their predecessors as well as the particularities of their subjects approach this subject.Any work

Possible topics might include — but are not limited to:

  • Manuscript variation in different language cultures of the Middle Ages;
  • Variation and working strategies of medieval scribe;
  • Oral and written in the medieval book culture;
  • Place of the retelling in the medieval book culture;
  • Variation in specific contexts;
  • Variation and methodology of its research in medieval studies.

We also welcome reviews of recently published books on the topic.

Submission Guidelines

We invite articles submissions that respond to the above issues and questions. Maximum length of the article: 40 000 characters (footnotes and bibliography included).

Timetable

  • Submission 15th July 2020

  • Publishing December 2020

Guidelines for Submitting and Formatting of Manuscripts

Coordination

Daria Glebova (MA en histoire; thésarde, Institut d'Etudes Slaves de l'Académie des sciences de Russie)

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

  • Svetlana Yatsyk – Candidate of Sciences (History), National Research University «Higher School of Economics».

Publisher

  • Kirill Perepechkin – Specialist in History

Academic Editors

  • Grigorii Borisov – Specialist in History; Post-Graduate Student, University of Tübingen
  • Vasiliy Dolgopolov – Specialist in History
  • Iliana Kandzha – MA in History; PhD Student, Central European University
  • Irina Mastyaeva – MA in History; PhD Student, National Research University «Higher School of Economics»
  • Vladimir Tauber – Candidate of Sciences (History), Moscow Kremlin Museums

Editorial Council

  • Ilya Afanasyev — D. Phil. in History, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”.
  • Sergei Agishev — Candidate of Sciences (History), Lomonosov Moscow State University.
  • Nikolai Bondarko — Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Mikhail Dmitriev — Doctor of Sciences (History), Lomonosov Moscow State University.
  • Andrei Doronin — Candidate of Sciences (History), German Historical Institute Moscow.
  • Sergei Feodorov — Doctor of Sciences (History), Saint Petersburg State University.
  • Sergei Ivanov — Doctor of Sciences (History), National Research University «Higher School of Economics».
  • Maxim Kolpakov — Candidate of Sciences (History), Pskov State University.
  • Evgeny Khvalkov — PhD, National Research University «Higher School of Economics» (St. Petersburg Campus).
  • Tatyana Kushch — Doctor of Sciences (History), Ural Federal University.
  • Mikhail Maizuls — Russian State University for the Humanities.
  • Anastasia Palamarchuk — Doctor of Sciences (History), Saint Petersburg State University.
  • Alexandr Sidorov — Doctor of Sciences (History), Institute of World History, of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Vladimir Tyulenev — Doctor of Sciences (History), Ivanovo State University.
  • Feodor Uspenskii — Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Irina Varyash — Doctor of Sciences (History), Lomonosov Moscow State University.
  • Dmitrii Veber — Candidate of Sciences (History), Saint Petersburg State University.

About the Journal

Vox medii aevi is an academic journal devoted to the Middle Ages and medieval studies. We intend to create an integrated informational space for discussions among the scholars who are interested in diverse aspects of medieval history.

Vox medii aevi is a fully independent project, hence, it has no institutional limits. The Editorial Board and editorial stuff consist of people affiliated with diverse academic organizations. The journal contains research articles and reviews in Russian and English languages, translations of primary sources as well as articles in other languages, and reports of the most significant events in the world of medieval studies. Each issue is devoted to a particular aspect of the Middle Ages and we offer the scholars to participate in a discussion of a certain problem.

The high academic level of the publications is maintained through double-blind peer reviews of all papers by the members of Editorial Board as well as other acknowledged researches and specialists. Our policy involves the publication of up-to-date, original, and high-quality works regardless of the status of their authors.

The journal’s policy is based upon the principles of accessibility and transparency of information, accordingly, all articles are accepted and published free of charge. All published material are redistributed in accordance with the license Creative Commons | Attribution-NoDerivatives (this allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in its entirety, with attribution). Copyright remains in full with the authors.

The papers published in the journal are indexed in Russian Science Citation Index and put online in the digital library Cyberleninka which exports them to the international academic data bases Google ScholarWorldCatROARBASEOpenAIREEBSCO A-to-Z etc.

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Keywords

  • variation, book culture, scribe

Contact(s)

  • Svetlana Yatsyk
    courriel : voxmediiaevi [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Svetlana Yatsyk
    courriel : voxmediiaevi [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Individuality and Tradition in Medieval Book Culture. A Comparative Approach to Variation », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, June 05, 2020, https://calenda.org/782356

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