FIDEM Diplôme Européen d'Études Médiévales (DEEM)

Cluj-Napoca, Biblioteca Academiei Române, BMV R.12, wrapper, Antiphonale


Title of the Course: Codicology I

Instructor: Dr. Adrian Papahagi

Institution: Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiévales (FIDEM) – CODEX-Centre for Manuscript Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj – Library of the Romanian Academy in Cluj.

Summary: The European Diploma in Medieval Studies, organised in the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme, was created at Louvain-la-Neuve in 1991. More than twenty European and American universities are involved. The courses focus on the methodology and teaching of Classical Latin, Medieval Latin, the History of Libraries, Palaeography, Codicology, Diplomatics, and Text Editing. All courses are taught in Italian, English, or French. The instructors come from different countries, with the aim of introducing the students of the Diploma to a variety of methodological approaches and current research perspectives. Teaching takes place in Rome, and in direct contact with the manuscript collections held in the numerous libraries and archives of Rome.

The class of 2020-2021 consisted of nine MA and PhD students from various European universities (Barcellona, Castilla-La Mancha/Ciudad Real, Cluj, Fribourg, Krakow, Sevilla, Torún, Venice). Due to Covid travel and meeting restrictions, courses were organised on-line. The final assessment involved cataloguing manuscript fragments from the Library of the Romanian Academy in Cluj. Dr William Duba introduced the students to Fragmentarium, which allowed them to become independent users. The tutor provided images with measurements of the various codicological elements, details about the history of the collections, and instructions for identifying, dating, localising and describing the fragments.

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