Call for applications – 2019 Fisher Library Summer Seminar: The Medieval Book

Page from Euclid manuscript Note: Applications for this seminar are now closed.

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto invites applications for its third annual summer seminar. The medieval book provides a complex and valuable portal into understanding the Middle Ages and their place (and ours) in the transmission of thought in graphic form. Only now, in the electronic environment, are we picking up where the medievals left off in fully exploring the relationships between word, sound, and image. This course will provide an intensive introduction to manuscript culture during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, as well as the methods and terminology used in the description and cataloguing of manuscripts

The seminar instructor, Michelle P. Brown, PhD, FSA, is an internationally acknowledged expert in the field who was formerly the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she is now Professor Emerita.

The seminar will take place from June 3–5, 2019. Applications are welcome from Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with preference given to librarians, archivists, curators, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, and graduate students in Canada whose work and/or research will benefit from attending the seminar. Registration costs will be covered for accepted applicants and include the registration fee, course materials, and lunch during the three days. Successful applicants are expected to cover their own transportation and accommodation costs.

Applicants are asked to submit an application form and a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages by Thursday, January 31, 2019. For further information, please download the Call for Applications, or contact David Fernández at

Past summer seminars:

2017: Book Illustration

2018: Introduction to Bibliography