Winter school 2019

The Sammelband 15-16 project is organising a Winter school on 12 and 13 December 2019 on the analysis of Sammelbände and the problems they pose. In a series of general papers that seek to adopt a didactic approach for those not familiar with the archaeology of the book, the programme looks in turn at all the constituent elements of the printed book: the paper, the bindings, the material used to strengthen the volumes, the printed texts, as well as annotations and user interactions.

All the papers are in English and are organised at Enssib (l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliothèques) in Lyon. Participation in the school is free, but the number of places is limited. To register, please email



Thursday 12 December

9:30-10:00 Welcome, registration and coffee

10:00-10:45 ‘Understanding Sammelbände’, Malcolm Walsby, Enssib/University of Lyon     

11:00-12:30 ‘Papering over the cracks. Evidence in the construction of miscellanies’, Neil Harris, University of Udine


14:00-15:15 ‘Bookbindings as evidence of when, where and how bound books were assembled?’, Nicholas Pickwoad, University of London

15:30-16:30 ‘Annotations, reader marks and provenance’, Ann-Marie Hansen, University of Utrecht

16:45-17:45 ‘Working with manuscript fragments, maculature, membra disjecta and other binding waste’, Bart Jaski, University of Utrecht

18:00-19:00 Plenary session: ‘Verticalising the Book: a Pictorial History’, Neil Harris, University of Udine

Friday 13 December

9:00-10:00 ‘Why the printed matter matters’, Malcolm Walsby, Enssib/University of Lyon

10:00-11:00 ‘Theme thinking’, Katell Lavéant, University of Utrecht

11:15-12:15  ‘The deconstructed Sammelband’, Jelle Koopmans, University of Amsterdam

End of proceedings



Malcolm Walsby

Professeur d'Histoire du livre, Enssib / Université de Lyon

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