Teaching Manuscripts in the ''Digital Age''

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This article reflects on the author’s practical experience teaching palaeography in several different contexts at the start of the so-called “digital age”. Material for manuscript-studies is becoming available at an enormous rate: perhaps most obvi- ous are the results of the large-scale digitisation programmes which are making high- quality colour facsimiles of manuscripts available online to wide audiences. At the same time, Virtual Learning Environments provide new possibilities for teaching and learning, and many tools for research on manuscripts can also be used for teaching. Perhaps more fundamentally, however, it has often been noted that scholarship is changing as a result of digital tools, resources, and methods. What, then, of teaching? Should the teaching of manuscript studies also change along with the scholarly discipline, bringing the Digital Humanities into our classes on palaeography and cod- icology? To begin answering this question, and to suggest some pedagogical possibilities brought about by technology, the author’s own experiences are discussed. Some limitations of technology for teaching are then discussed, and some general remarks are then provided on the relationship between palaeography and Digital Humanities, two fields which are both fighting for recognition as full academic disciplines and not “mere” Hilfswissenschaften.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter 2 – Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age 2
EditorsFranz Fischer, Christiane Fritze, Georg Vogeler
Place of PublicationNorderstedt
PublisherBooks on Demand
Pages229 - 245
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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