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Quadrivium XII - Medieval Media: Stone, Vellum, Voice

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Quadrivium XII - Medieval Media: Stone, Vellum, Voice
Dates of Event
3rd November 2017 – 4th November 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
20th October 2017

This year’s event will offer an interdisciplinary training opportunity on a theme connected to the region’s rich medieval heritage. Quadrivium XII will focus on three crucial media of the medieval and early modern periods – stone, vellum, and voice – and their realisations in the key medium of the contemporary age, the digital. This focus on materials as media asks delegates to think about how to read and interpret the materiality of the period as it inheres in the physical qualities of a manuscript, or the space of buildings, walls, and ruins and extends into considering how voice – whether speaking or singing – might manifest the oral qualities of medieval writing. The Special Collections at Palace Green Library (Durham) and the archives at The Great North Museum (Newcastle) provide a rich range of primary sources for these examinations, as do Blackfriars Restaurant, situated in the remains of Newcastle’s medieval Dominican friary, Lindisfarne, and Hadrian’s Wall, where we hope to hold sessions.