Manuscript Cultures & Graphic Knowledge Systems: An Ethiopian Case Study

Manuscript pageThe Hampshire College Art Gallery and Institute for Curatorial Practice invite participants to a public keynote and a faculty seminar centered around a rare medieval Ethiopian manuscript. Check out an analysis of the manuscript by ICP intern Amanda Bolin here.

If you’re interested in medieval studies, book arts, Africana studies, digital humanities, religion, anthropology, or history, we hope you’ll join us!


November 11-12, 2016

Public keynote panel, 5pm, November 11, 2016
Taylor Meeting Room (2nd floor), R.W. Kern Center
Habtamu Tegegne, Assistant Professor of African History, Rutgers University
Steven Delamarter, Professor of Old Testament Studies, George Fox University
Rachel Engmann, Assistant Professor of African Studies, Hampshire College

Faculty Seminar, 9am – 4pm, November 12, 2016
Room 108, R.W. Kern Center

Using a medieval Ethiopian manuscript as a starting point, this faculty seminar explores how recent scholarly, material and digital approaches in manuscript studies offer new horizons for teaching and learning. The seminar will be embedded in the Five College museum and special collections, with a focus on African graphic knowledge systems.

Deadline: Friday October 28, 2016.
With a $100 stipend for participation, Five College faculty (limited to 10 in total) and museum staff are encouraged to apply to participate in the Seminar on November 12. Disciplines including, but not limited to, medieval studies, African(a) studies, (comparative) literature, linguistics, religion, history, art history, Middle Eastern studies, philosophy, anthropology, Black studies, and European studies. Museums and special collections staff with related expertise and teaching interests are also encouraged to apply.

Faculty and staff who are interested in presenting an innovative pedagogical practice or digital manuscript project as part of a Pecha Kucha-style session (20 slides / 20 seconds each), are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply (or for further information), please email Hampshire College Art Gallery director Amy Halliday ( with a short paragraph explaining your interest in the seminar, and how attendance would inform your teaching or research. Please indicate whether you would like to present in the Pecha Kucha session.


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