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Biblissima Summer School: “The incunabula: from Gutenberg's invention to the Digital Revolution.”


from July 7, 2015 to July 11, 2015

Organised by the multimedia libraries of Orléans in partnership with the Equipex Biblissima and the Centre d'Études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours

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Application deadline 30th April 2015
Published before 1501, the first printed editions, known as incunabula, first captured the interest of booklovers, researchers, and librarians three centuries ago. Today, knowledge of the output from these first fifty years is more widespread as a result of national and international bibliographical research. An inventory of some 30,000 incunabular books has been compiled, which represents around fifty million copies which circulated over a period of roughly fifty years. This summer school will aim to make the attendees aware of the issues surrounding the act of describing, cataloguing, computerising, and digitalising incunabula. It is intended to highlight how interesting it is to approach them scientifically, for example by focusing on the conditions in which they were produced and on their content, and also by reconstructing their journey into the present day through studying their binding and marks of their origins.

Target audience
  • Students : All French and international students who will hold at least a Master’s degree by the beginning of the academic year 2015/2016, or who are able to prove their research experience.
  • Specialist librarians : This training course can be included in the training programme of your institution or the organisation of which you are an affiliate.

  • Good knowledge of Latin required. Education in French.
  • Please bring a laptop computer.
  • Active participation: Each participant will present his or her research and its context on the Tuesday afternoon with a poster as a visual aid which is to be prepared in advance (we recommend A3 as a minimum size, or a montage on a larger sheet). Notice boards will be available for use by participants.

How to apply
  • Go to the online application form
  • Application deadline: 30th April 2015
  • Participants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email by 15th May 2015
  • Selection based on application - Minimum number of participants: 10. Maximum number: 15.

Accommodation and food

The course, accommodation and food are completely free for students. The travel costs as well as meals on Monday evening and Saturday lunchtime are, however, to be borne by the participants.