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Traditions of Papermaking in the Islamic World

23-27 March 2015, The British Library, London, UK

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the British Library, is pleased to announce an inaugural course and symposium on the materials and techniques of Islamic manuscript production entitled Traditions of Papermaking in the Islamic World, which will be held at the British Library from 23 to 27 March 2015. This intensive four-day course and one-day symposium is intended for conservators, codicologists, librarians, art historians, curators, and any other researchers working with papers produced in the Islamic world, particularly those appearing in Islamic manuscripts. The course will offer participants first-hand exposure to the materials and techniques of papermaking, thereby enabling them to better understand and assess the characteristics of the papers with which they have been working.

The course will focus on traditional techniques practiced by contemporary hand papermakers in India, as well as practices suggested by qualities observed in papers of local production appearing in manuscripts of Arab, Persian, and Indian manufacture.

Daily practical sessions will address preparing fibre, forming sheets, pressing and drying newly formed sheets, and sizing and burnishing dried sheets. These sessions will be supplemented by lectures on historical and contemporary descriptions of papermaking in the Islamic world, mould and chapri construction, approaches to the analytical description of paper, and the challenges of chronological and regional characterisation.

The day after the course, participants are invited to attend the Symposium on Traditions of Papermaking in the Islamic World, which will comprise lectures on current research related to papers used in Islamic manuscripts as well as a papermaking demonstration. Please be advised that course participants do not need to register for the Symposium.

The course will be taught by Dr Cathleen A. Baker, conservation librarian at the University of Michigan Library and adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Information; Mr Timothy Barrett, director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book and associate professor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Sciences; Ms Evyn Kropf, librarian for Near Eastern and religious studies and curator of the Islamic manuscript collection at the University of Michigan Library; and Ms Katharina Siedler, papermaker and historian.

The course is limited to twelve persons for pedagogical and security reasons, and the one-day symposium is limited to 25 persons. All instruction will be in English. Please be advised that registration is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; however, the Association reserves the right to reject course registrations if it deems an individual’s experience or reasons for registering to be unsuitable.