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Revisiting the Codex Buranus: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
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7/26/2018 to 7/28/2018
When: Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Revisiting the Codex Buranus: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

26–28 July 2018, Universität Brixen


Arguably one of the best known, most studied, yet least understood manuscripts of the Middle Ages, the Codex Buranus (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 4660/4660a) sits uncomfortably within the institutionalised context of the modern academy. Of interest to scholars of Latin, French, and German lyric, to historians of music and theatre, to those concerned with processes of cultural transfer and modern reception, the thirteenth-century songbook has found much attention within a range of individual disciplines but has so far failed to generate sustained scholarly exchange across these field — notwithstanding the detailed, comprehensive commentary provided in the editions of Alfons Hilka and Otto Schumann, Bernhard Bischoff, Benedikt Konrad Vollmann, and David A. Traill.

Revisiting the Codex Buranus seeks to bridge the gap between the well-established discourses that surround the Codex Buranus, its songs and plays. An international team of leading scholars will gather at the University of Brixen between 26 and 28 July 2018 in order to engage in dialogue across such disciplinary boundaries, seeking to distil current scholarly opinion on the manuscript and to point out new avenues for further research. Papers will cover the broad range of (song) genres contained in the Codex Buranus, its organising principles and contexts of composition, as well as issues of notation, plurilingualism, contrafacture, and reception.

Thanks to generous funding from the Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften and the Universität Bozen we are able to invite additional contributions on any topic relating to the Codex Buranus and its repertoire. We will be able to provide full funding (travel & accommodation) for up to five doctoral or early career researchers from any discipline. Proposals for 30-minute papers should include an abstract of 300 words and a one-page CV. These materials should be sent to no later than Monday, 5 March, 9am (GMT).

WHO: doctoral and early career researchers from any discipline

WHAT: 30-minute papers relating to the Codex Buranus and its repertoire

MATERIALS: abstract of 300 words; one-page CV

DEADLINE: 5 March 2018, 9am (GMT)


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