Cultural Heritage Restitution: Ethical and Legal Issues

We are so excited to announce that the Manuscript Migration Lab will be hosting its first public event, "Cultural Heritage Restitution: Ethical and Legal Issues" on Friday, November 20th from 2-4 PM (ET). This workshop discusses the legal and ethical implications of collecting, displaying, and holding culturally significant objects, with particular attention to manuscripts. This event
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Preservation, Restitution, and the Idea of “Cultural Heritage”

Preservation, Restitution, & the Idea of "Cultural Heritage" Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Webinar registration is required.  Registration Link:  Please join the Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute for a conversation about cultural heritage and restitution featuring:  Felwine Sarr | Ann-Marie Bryan Chair in French and Francophone
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Dr. William H. Willis and the Duke Papyri: A Conversation

Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, Duke University

Featuring Dr. Daniel B. Sharp, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, Hawaii, and Dr.Nicholas Wagner, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University, as well as Dr. Roberta Mazza, Lecturer in Greco-Roman Material Culture, University of Manchester, and Dr. Brent Nongbri, Professor, MF Norwegian School of Religion, Theology, and Society. This event will be held at the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, FHI, Smith
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Organizational Strategies in the Digital Image Archive

In the research process, the acquisition stage can be overwhelming, especially when researchers need to capture vast amounts of digital images in a short period of time. What strategies can add structure to a digital image archive? What methods can make this archive searchable? How can an organized archive help scholars write a chapter of their next book or a lesson plan of their next course? In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an archive of visual materials for research using Tropy, an image management toolkit that allows users to organize images, record metadata about them, transcribe text from manuscripts or printed material, and export data for other uses. This workshop demonstrates how Tropy can be an integral part of your archival research workflows and explores the processes and organizational strategies that allow users to make the most of the software.

Of Peptides and Scribes: Applying Life Sciences to the Study of Manuscripts

This talk will offer an overview of the emerging field of biocodicology, or the study of books via the biological information stored in them. While ancient and medieval manuscripts have long been prized as repositories of textual, artistic, and historical information, humanists, scientists, and librarians are also increasingly aware of the potential of their significant stores of biological information. This includes genetic traces left through both human contact and faunal remains (e.g., parchment leaves, hide glue, leather bindings), proteins (e.g., collagen, egg white glaze), and microbiomes. This lecture will cover the history of the field and both the promises that it holds and the challenges faced as this area of study emerges.