Reconstructing Medieval Medical Libraries: Between the Codex and the Computer
A lecture and workshops to be held at Houghton Library and Countway Library, Harvard University, 24-26 February 2015
The Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies and the Houghton Library, together with the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, an alliance between the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical Library, proudly present the 2015 Houghton-Medieval Studies Lecture on Early Book History:
Monica H. Green: Professor of History at Arizona State University
Of all the material objects that contributed to the world of medicine and medical care in the Middle Ages, those surviving in largest quantities today are the books that embodied medical knowledge. But even these are orphans, bereft of the contexts in which they circulated alongside other books.
In these presentations, we will reconstruct the intellectual worlds of three European physicians between the 12th and 15th centuries. By placing physical books in Harvard’s collections alongside their digital avatars held at other libraries around the world, we can begin to see how the intellectual cultures of medicine in medieval Europe expanded and interconnected, moving across boundaries of time, language, and religious culture.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Edison and Newman Room
Harvard Yard, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00
Lahey Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115
Space is limited. To register, email Monique Duhaime at Houghton Library.
For more information on the lecture or workshops, please contact Sean Gilsdorf (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-496-5857), or visit the Medieval Studies website: http://medieval.fas.harvard.edu