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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Sustainable Access in a Digital Age

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Experts reflect on the sustainability of research practices in the digital age

The unprecedented interruption to digital services at the British Library has called into question our reliance on online systems to consult medieval manuscripts. In an unexpected twist, the cyber attack simultaneously put the physical manuscripts at the British Library out of reach also.

This timely conversation will reflect on the current situation, offering perspectives on sustainability and how we might rethink our practices after this startling reminder of the ephemeral nature of the digital.

The discussion will be moderated by Laura K. Morreale, Editor-in-Chief of Digital Medievalist.

Speakers include:

  • Benjamin Albritton, Curator of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, and Curator for Classics, Stanford University Libraries
  • Stewart J. Brookes, Member of the Executive Board, Digital Medievalist; Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford; and co-director of Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government, 1100-1250
  • Stephen G. Nichols, James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities, Johns Hopkins University
  • Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, Cambridge University Library
  • Dot Porter, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies Curator of Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Andrew Prescott, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Critical Studies, Glasgow University
  • Elaine Treharne, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of German Studies and of Comparative Literature, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University
  • Bridget Whearty, Associate Professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University

Sponsored by Digital Medievalist; kindly hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
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