Bridging Disciplines in Manuscript Studies

Description of activities, leadership, contact information

Description of Activity

The study of manuscript material connects researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines; yet opportunities for professional exchange are often missed due to institutional divides. Since 2018, the “Bridging Disciplines in Manuscript Studies” group has addressed this need by creating interdisciplinary dialogue and a platform for collaborative research to further raise scholarly awareness of manuscript collections in the Greater Toronto Area and provide opportunities for practical training in manuscript studies.

In the 2021-2022 year, we will continue to create new content that connects researchers from different fields and showcases the manuscript-related work being done in Toronto. We will strengthen our ties to librarians and curators from institutions across the GTA through in-person or digital field trips that will bring our members in close contact with local material, highlight the strengths of our collections and facilitate research on neglected or lesser-known artifacts in Toronto. We will organize hands-on workshops to train key skills required in the study of manuscripts and add to our theoretical understanding of the manuscript as an artifact of material culture through practical experience on such topics as palaeography, codicology, transcription, and practical aspects of manuscript production such as letter design, calligraphy, or bookbinding.




  • Adam Cohen, FAS Art History
  • Florian Mueller, Ph.D. candidate, FAS Germanic Languages and Literatures


Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Sébastien Drouin, UTSC Language Studies
  • Judith Newman, FAS Study of Religion and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Cillian O'Hogan, FAS Medieval Studies
  • Enrico Raffaelli, UTM Historical Studies
  • Shafique Virani, UTM Historical Studies
  • Shannon Wearing, Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies

Faculty outside University of Toronto

  • Tom Cohen, History, York University
  • Jonathan Loft, Toronto School of Theology

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

  • Gregory Fewster, FAS Classics

Professional Staff and Librarians, University of Toronto

  • Lale Javanshir, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Natalie Oeltjen, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies
  • Tim Perry, Thomas Fisher Library

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Justin Arnwine, Medieval Studies
  • Kathryn Geddes, Study of Religion
  • Annie Heckman, Study of Religion
  • Sophie Jordan, Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • Shirley Kinney, Medieval Studies
  • Nora Thorburn, Medieval Studies
  • Xin Yue (Sylvia) Wang, Art History

Graduate Students outside University of Toronto

  • Sarah Wilk, Humanities, York University