Category Archives: Julie Somers

Dear Santa … A Wish List for the Medievalist

By Julie Somers With only ten days left until Christmas, many people (like myself) are still searching for the perfect gifts. In my internet shopping adventures I discovered some unique ways to share my love of the middle ages and … Continue reading

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Libraries, Museums and Disaster Prevention – Keeping things from getting Sandy

By Julie Somers Often when searching through catalogs on medieval manuscripts I come across descriptions that simply state; ‘fire damage, water damage or mold damage’.  I am immediately curious as to how this damage occurred? Was it recent or did … Continue reading

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Here Comes the ‘Scanabego’…

By Julie Somers Since the Library of Alexandria, knowledge has been collected and stored. It has been guarded and preserved for future generations.  However, it has also been the case that accessing these stores of knowledge can be difficult and … Continue reading

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“A monastery without books is like a fortress without an armoury”

By Julie Somers As the summer comes to a close and the new semester begins, I attended a week long course on ‘The Book in Western Europe’ sponsored by the University of Amsterdam Bijzondere Collecties ‘Books from Afar’ Summer School.  … Continue reading

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The Invention of Glory

By Julie Somers Ahh summer… a time for sunshine, holidays and a Friday blog post from California! This week I visited one of my favorite places in San Diego, The Balboa Park. Home to more than fifteen museums and the … Continue reading

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The Body of a Book and the Hand of a Script

By Julie Somers Whence did the wondrous mystic art arise, of painting speech and speaking to the eyes, That we by tracing magic lines are taught, how to embody and to color thought? W.M. Massey, 1763 June has been a … Continue reading

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From Medieval to Millennial in One Week

By Julie Somers During a very rainy week in April, I was lucky enough to participate in a training workshop on Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age. MMSDA is sponsored by The Institute of English Studies, funded jointly by COST … Continue reading

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Texts as Trees and the Importance of Ink.

by: Julie Somers Continuing with my theme of digitized medieval manuscripts, last week I attended a workshop in Belgium titled “Methods and Means for Digital Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts” sponsored by the Tree of Texts project, … Continue reading

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World-Famous Research Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts Digitized.

By Julie Somers With the click of a button, a new medieval manuscript resource was launched into the online world. On February 28th, Leiden University and Brill Academic Publishers released a collaborative digitization project of over 100,000 pages of Middle … Continue reading

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“Pepsi for All!”

By Julie Somers As an American football fan, I watched the 2012 Super Bowl game over the internet and I realized I was missing an essential part of my culture…the commercials. As a medievalist, I was happy to see, while … Continue reading

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