Events - Centre for Medieval Studies

From Fragment to Whole Conference 2021

16th September online - 17th September in-person

This hybrid online and in-person conference, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies is devoted to the study of manuscript fragments, and what these fragments can tell us about lost books, medieval and post-medieval book history,and textual history. Research questions may include,but are not limited to:

  • What difference does the manuscript fragment make to the textual tradition of the text it contains?
  • What can manuscript fragments tell us about the lost literature of the Middle Ages and about changing tastes?
  • How can we use evidence from manuscript fragments to piece together the lost book from which it derives and what means do we have at our disposal to do so?
  • How should we catalogue and preserve manuscript fragments?
  • What do manuscript fragments tell us about the history of manuscript fragmentation and its agents (e.g. early printers, book collectors, auctioneers, book vandals)?

A volume of conference proceedings is anticipated.


Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost

(John 6:12)


  • Zoom
  • School of Humanities
    7 Woodland Road
    BS8 1TB

online programme

Fragments conference programme in person

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