The Secrets of Manuscript Digitization
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April 11, 2022

The Secrets of Manuscript Digitization

The road from medieval manuscripts to medieval memes! The Medieval Grad Podcast looks at digitized manuscripts with Suzette Van Haaren. Suzette studies the ins and outs of digitized manuscripts and tells all their secrets to our host, Lucie Laumonier. So, how do we get to a world where the Internet is a treasure trove of medieval manuscripts – and of medieval memes?!

Suzette Van Haaren recently defended her dissertation in Art History at the University of Groningen and at the University of Saint-Andrews. You can learn more about Suzette on her LinkedIn page or follow her on Twitter @suzettevhaaren

See also:

Erik Kwakkel’s Tumblr page

How you can create medieval memes with this tool from the Dutch national library

Manuscripts of Middle English literature go online

Further Reading:

Albritton, Benjamin, Georgia Henley, and Elaine M. Treharne, eds. Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age. Digital Research in Arts and Humanities. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Endres, Bill. Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: The St. Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D. Leeds: Amsterdam University Press/Arc Humanities Press, 2019.

Treharne, Elaine. Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts: The Phenomenal Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Haaren, Suzette van. ‘A Little Manuscript in Disarray: Add. 4085 – Cambridge University Library Special Collections’. Cambridge University Library Special Collections (blog), 5 October 2020.

Haaren, Suzette van. ‘Physical Distancing from Manuscripts and the Presence of the Digital Facsimile’. Cambridge Medieval Graduate Students (blog), 25 May 2020.

The Medieval Grad Podcast is a new podcast here at Look for two episodes to be released each month – if you are part of our Patreon you can listen to these episodes early!

You can listen to the podcast via LibsynSpotifyApple Podcasts, or through your favourite podcast player.

Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Français 2813 fol. 201v

. April 11, 2022 at 08:01AM

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