Manuscript Fragments in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, MS 1453


Partner institution: Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual (IIBICRIT) - Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)

Financed by: Zeno Karl Schindler/Fragmentarium Fellowship

Fellow: Dr. Marcela Borelli, IIBICRIT-CONICET

Senior Researchers: Dr. Valeria Buffon, Instituto de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales del Litoral (IHUCSO LITORAL-CONICET), Dr. Soledad Bohdziewicz. (IIBICRIT-CONICET) This project proposes the first-ever survey of public and private collections in Argentina in search of manuscript fragments. It starts with approximately 25 archives and institutions located in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Córdoba. The manuscript fragments, both loose and in situ, will be identified, described, digitized, and published on Fragmentarium. The project aims at identifying and cataloguing for the first time in Argentina the manuscript fragments found in its collections, and at offering a general overview on what are their origins and how and when did they arrive at the country. It also aims at answering the unique challenges posed by studying fragments in Argentina. Amongst the most significant difficulties is the lack of accurate catalogues, requiring in-person surveys and volume-by-volume inspections. Moreover, the holdings on each institution or archive are comparatively small, requiring that several, geographically dispersed collections be surveyed together. Finally, the lack of proper preservation of fragments and host volumes puts at risk this still-unexplored patrimony, requiring urgent attention.

Marcela Borelli (Ph.D., Philology and Hermeneutics, Università del Salento and Universidad Nacional de San Martín 2014; Ph.D., Philosophy, Universidad de Buenos Aires 2015) specializes in Renaissance and Medieval Philosophy and Paleography. She is an Associate Professor of Latin and Medieval Philosophy at Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and an Assistant Professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is also a Professor of Paleography and Ecdotics in the MA in Medieval Studies at Universidad de Buenos Aires