Exploring Medieval Manuscripts
A conversation with Joe Stadolnik, IFK Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2021).
About the Event
Join us for a conversation with researcher and writer Joe Stadolnik to explore the revolutionary ways that medieval people harnessed the technology of the manuscript book to organize knowledge of their world.
Medieval manuscripts defy modern expectations: far from relics of a dark age of rigid thinking and inflexible dogma, these books instead are a window into a culture of ingenuity, care, and craftwork. We will examine the long history of the book in Europe until the arrival of the printing press, including innovation like the index, the footnote, and the library catalogue. The conversation will preview Stadolnik’s upcoming course at Graham this spring.
Independent Researcher and Writer
Joe Stadolnik is an independent researcher and writer based in Chicago, Illinois. His scholarly work has studied medieval English literature and culture, in particular literature and sciences, manuscript studies, and medievalism in the Americas. From 2018-2021, he held postdoctoral positions at the Institute on the Formation Knowledge. In 2017-18, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. He earned a PhD in English from Yale University in spring 2017.
He co-edited Geoffrey Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe for the new Cambridge Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (with Jenna Mead). A biography-in-preparation, called The Unsettled Life of Duarte Brandão, was shortlisted for the 2019 Tony Lothian Prize.