Scribal Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe

16 November 2016, 09:00 - 12:30

Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall

Convenors: Dr Alexander Marr and Professor Sachiko Kusukawa

A  workshop which was organised by project members from Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science and Making Visible: The visual and graphic practices of the early Royal SocietyThis event was held to coincide with the visit of Professor Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania) who was a Visiting Fellow on the Genius before Romanticism project. The programme for the event is available here.

Speakers: Professor Matthew Collins, Dr Jonathan Gibson, Dr Jan Loop, Dr Angus Vine and Dr Andrew Zurcher.

For further information please contact the Genius Research Project Administrator .



Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 617391 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Wednesday 16 November


Session 1: Chair - Richard Serjeantson

Angus Vine - Filing, Ingenuity and the Scribal Organization of Knowledge

Jonathan Gibson - Ingenuity and Italic in Elizabethan Signatures




Session 2: Chair - Alex Marr

Jan Loop - Ingenious Interpreters. Early Modern Struggles with Arabic Scripts

Andrew Zurcher - Penning Parcels: Managing Early Modern Manuscripts

Matthew Collins - Seeing the Animal in the Parchment, and the Parchment on the Animal


Lunch (invited participants)