Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Merisalo, Outi
Organisation University of Jyväskylä
Project title Late Medieval and Early Modern Libraries as Knowledge Repositories, Guardians of Tradition and Catalysts of Change
Decision No. 307635
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 439 365
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Project description
Libraries are an important factor not only in preserving and transmitting knowledge but also as collections of materials the very contiguity of which may push readers into new ways of thinking. This international book historical project will address these functions of the library between the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (c. 1250-c. 1650), a period of intense mediatic, cultural, religious and political change. The project will a) reconstruct six important but hitherto poorly studied collections of the considered (geographical coverage: from Italy to N. Europe) b) examine the preserved volumes for annotations and other reader reactions, placed in their cultural context and c) study available (near-)contemporaneous metatexts (library histories, mentions of a given library in texts produced by readers, etc.) on the collections, in order to assess the role of the six collections in preserving knowledge and catalysting change.