Bridging Disciplines in Manuscript Studies

Description of activities, leadership, contact information

Description of Activity

Researchers who use manuscripts as their primary focus of research examine a large range of interests from religion to language, medicine to literature, and art to bindings. The Bridging Disciplines in Manuscript Studies Working Group will create a digital resource to connect this community of researchers across disciplines. This will provide a single point of entry to showcase Manuscript Studies and the work being done in this field at the University of Toronto across all three campuses. The website will extend and support the working group’s history of collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to research and pedagogy in Manuscript Studies.

The working group will have two goals:

  • to create a directory online which highlights the work being done in Manuscript Studies at the University of Toronto. This Manuscript Studies Portal has the potential to build ties and support collaboration among manuscript researchers within the University of Toronto, but also provide a point of contact beyond UofT to institutions and researchers across North America and beyond.
  • to celebrate the launch of the website with a one-day interdisciplinary colloquium in the spring of 2021. The colloquium will build on and reinforce the relationships developed by the working group throughout the year.

Working group meetings will be structured around the tasks and outreach which will be needed to organize the conference and produce the Manuscript Studies Portal. Themes will include web design, contacting researchers across the university, and determining and producing appropriate content. However, one of the enduring strengths of the working group is to provide a venue for exchange and collaboration, and this will continue to be a major component of our purpose moving forward.

Given the current situation, all elements of the working group will be developed with the contingency for remote and virtual meetings.


  • Adam Cohen, FAS Art History
  • Greg Fewster, SSHRC Postdoc, FAS Classics
  • Nora Thorburn, Ph.D. student, Medieval Studies


Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Jeannie Miller, FAS Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Judith Newman, Emmanuel College (Victoria University) and FAS Study of Religion   
  • Cillian O'Hogan, FAS Medieval Studies
  • Enrico Raffaelli, UTM Historical Studies
  • Maria E. Subtelny, FAS Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and Study of Religion
  • Shafique Virani, UTM Historical Studies

Faculty outside University of Toronto

  • Miguel Angel Andrés-Toledo, Classical Philology & IndoEuropean Studies, University of Toledo
  • Tom Cohen, History, York University

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

  • Erica Loic, UTM Visual Studies
  • Shannon Wearing, PIMS Research Fellow

Professional Staff and Librarians, University of Toronto

  • Natalie Oeltjen, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies
  • Tim Perry, Thomas Fisher Library

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Shuaib Ally, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Alessia Berardi, Medieval Studies
  • Sloane Geddes, Study of Religion
  • Annie Heckman, Study of Religion
  • Lale Javanshir, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Shirley Kinney, Medieval Studies
  • Julia Mattison, English
  • Morgan Moore, Medieval Studies
  • Florian Müller, German
  • Sepideh Najmzadeh, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Kari North, History
  • Matthew Orsag, Medieval Studies
  • Steve Teasdale, History
  • Xin Yue (Sylvia) Wang, Art History

Graduate Students outside University of Toronto

  • Ginny Grimaldi, History, York University
  • Barry Torch, History, York University
  • Sarah Wilk, Humanities, York University