Tralmar - Calendar of Activities 2013-2017



28 August 2013 Jesus College, Oxford 3.30 p.m. 

Kick-off reception for the Department of Languages, U of Jyväskylä


Project member Samu Niskanen, fellow of Jesus College, presenting the College

1 September 2013    Project starts







22-24 November 2013 

Project kick-off workshop in Berlin

Discussing current and near-future items of the project plan, debating research problems, networking with partners in Berlin

Special thanks to the Finnland-Institut and especially Suvi War tiovaara for providing excellent working conditions!

Project members Joëlle Ducos, Miika Kuha and Samu Niskanen at the Finnlandinstitut, 22 Nov 2013WP_20131122_13_44_16_Smart.jpg

Project members Miika Kuha and Joëlle Ducos in front of the FU, 23 Nov 2013WP_20131123_13_33_01_Smart.jpg
Project members Joëlle Ducos, Samu Niskanen and Miika Kuha together with FU partner Bernd Roling, 22 Nov 2013



Project members Miika Kuha, Joëlle Ducos, FU partner Bernd Roling and project member, vice-head Samu Niskanen at the FU, 23 Nov 2013




18 January 2014 at 12 o'clock noon

PhD seminar (FL) of Miika Kuha, Benintendi de’ Ravagnani, Chronica Venetiarum.  Edizione critica con introduzione.


14-15 November 2014

First workshop on deterrimi

Paris, Université de Paris-Sorbonne

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Place de la Sorbonne


Featuring Joëlle Ducos, Stefania Fortuna (Ancona), Miika Kuha, Jakub Kujawinski, Outi Merisalo, Samu Niskanen and Iolanda Ventura (Paris-Orleans) - and a great number of manuscripts!

Special thanks to the staff of both the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne for generously welcoming the team to study their treasures!


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The group leaving for the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève on 14 November 2014: project members Jakub Kujawinski and Miika Kuha, project partner Stefania Fortuna (Ancona) and project vice-head Samu Niskanen

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The group incremented:  project partner Iolanda Ventura (Paris-Orleans), Jakub Kujawinski, Samu Niskanen, Miika Kuha, Stefania Fortuna, project member Joëlle Ducos (Paris) in front of the BSG

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The group at the BSG: Marie-Hélène de La Mure, conservateur at the BSG, Samu Niskanen, Miika Kuha, Jakub Kujawinski, Stefania Fortuna and Joëlle Ducos


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Stefania Fortuna, Samu Niskanen, Miika Kuha and Iolanda Ventura studying BSG 3347


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Jakub Kujawinski and Stefania Fortuna discussing really messy traditions, 15 November 2014



16-21 March 2015

Sixth book historical week

Department of Languages, Section for Romance and Classical Languages/Tralmar

All venues at the University of Jyväskylä
Outi Merisalo (JY, Tralmar)
History of the Western Book: the Humanist Book (in Finnish)  
Time and venue: Mon 16 March and Tue 17 March 2015, 12 - 2 p.m., Athenaeum 104  
Iolanda Ventura (CNRS - Université d'Orléans)
Introduction to the history of Mediaeval medicine from the book historical point of view (in English)
Time and venue: Mon 16 March 2015, 2 - 4 p.m., Proxima 327 
Enciclopedie umanistiche del Rinascimento italiano: Giorgio Valla e colleghi (in Italian)
Time and venue: Tue 17 March 2015, 10-12 a.m., Proxima 327 [NB change!]wp_20150317_17_26_45_pro.jpg
Leonardo Magionami (Università degli studi di Siena)
Aspetti della storia del libro (in Italian)
Time and venue: Wed 18 March 2015, 2 - 4 p.m., Fennicum 106, Thurs 19 March 2015, 4 - 6 p.m., Seminarium 303 and Fri 20 March 2015, 10 - 12 a.m., Fennicum 105
Elena Dahlberg (Uppsala universitet)
Swedish seventeenth-century propaganda literature from the book historical point of view (in English)
Time and venue: Fri 20 March 2015, 12 - 2 p.m., Fennicum 106
Project partners Iolanda Ventura, Leonardo Magionami 
and Bernd Roling in front of Jyväskylä Town Hall


Research seminar (for graduate students and scholars)
Sat 21 March 2015, 12-3 p.m., Fennicum 105
Papers by Elena Dahlberg, Miika Kuha (Tralmar), Jakub Kujawinski (Tralmar) and Samu Niskanen (Tralmar).Seminar 3
Samu Niskanen, Jakub Kujawinski, Miika Kuha, Raija Vainio and Leonardo Magionami discussing G. Cavallo's books on Ancient and Medieval book history. 
Seminar 4
Right: Heli Blankenstein, Miika Kuha, Raija Vainio, Samu Niskanen, Elena Dahlberg and Leonardo Magionami at post-workshop do.

 27-28 August 2015

Second workshop on deterrimi 

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog-August-Bibliothek

Featuring papers by Lorenzo Amato, Joëlle Ducos, Miika Kuha, Jakub Kujawinski, Outi Merisalo (Tralmar), as well as project partners  Susanna Niiranen (University of Oxford), Marianne Pade (Danish Academy, Rome), Celeste Pedro (Universidade do Porto) and Iolanda Ventura (CNRS-Université d'Orléans) - and many manuscripts!
Special thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the HAB and the unforgettable help of its staff, especially Volker Bauer and Uta Rohrig!
Large part of the group on the Stadtmarkt, preparing for hard work (left to right) Marianne Pade, Miika Kuha,  usanna Niiranen, Joëlle Ducos, Lorenzo Amato and Jakub Kujawinski 
IMG_1738.JPGRight, entering the exhibit of the Augusta.  L to R: Patrizia Carmassi, who kindly guided the group through the exhibit Gedanken am Rande, Joëlle Ducos, Susanna Niiranen, Iolanda Ventura, Marianne Pade, Lorenzo Amato, Jakub Kujawinski, Miika Kuha and Celeste PedroIMG_1721.JPG
The group in discussion in the seminar room (L to R): Marianne Pade, Joëlle Ducos, Susanna Niiranen, Patrizia Carmassi, Celeste Pedro, Lorenzo Amato



The group in front the Augusta. L to R: Lorenzo Amato, Jakub Kujawinski, Miika Kuha, Joëlle Ducos, Celeste Pedro, Susanna Niiranen, Marianne Pade, Iolanda Ventura and Bernd Roling 



At  La Domenica.  L to R: Iolanda Ventura, Joëlle Ducos, Marianne , Susanna Niiranen, Miika Kuha, Jakub Kujawinski, Bernd Roling and Jill Bepler






10, 11 and 17 February

 Doctors and Patients in Antiquity

Course given by Tralmar partner Stefania Fortuna (Università politecnica delle Marche, Ancona)
4.15-5.45 in room Fennicum 105 

 17-19 March 2016 

Seventh book historical week

Department of Languages/Section for Romance and Classical Languages, University of Jyväskylä


Date and time: Saturday, 19 March 2016, 9.15 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Venue: Fennicum, room 105
Speakers: Mario Varvaro (University of Palermo), Jakub Kujawinski (Tralmar/Jyväskylä/Poznan), Miika Kuha (Tralmar/Jyväskylä), Lauri Ockenström (Jyväskylä), Karin Westin Tikkanen (Gothenburg) and Benjamin Hübbe (HERA Encounters with the Orient/Jyväskylä/Berlin




Above left: Mario Varvaro, Anna Mori, Giuseppe La Grassa and Karin Westin Tikkanen in the seminar
Above right: Lauri Ockenström, Jakub Kujawinski, Miika Kuha and Benjamin Hübbe in the seminar
Above, L to R:  Karin Westin Tikkanen, Mario Varvaro, Anna Mori and Helene Whittaker in front of  Petäjävesi church


25-26 August 2016

Third workshop on deterrimi

Oxford, Bodleian Library/Jesus College, Lincoln College

Featuring papers by Lorenzo Amato, Irene Ceccherini, Stefania Fortuna, Jakub Kujawinski, Outi Merisalo, Samu Niskanen, Caterina Tristano and Iolanda Ventura, and many, many manuscripts!

Most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Martin Kauffmann (Bodleian Library), Dr. Irene Ceccherini (Lyell-Bodleian Fellow), Samu Niskanen, project vice-head, as well as the staff of both Lincoln College and Jesus College for excellent working conditions!
Most of the group preparing for three intensive  days of good discussions and great company. L to R: Caterina Tristano, Iolanda Ventura, Irene Ceccherini, Stefania Fortuna, Lorenzo Amato and Jakub Kujawinski.  Photo: Outi Merisalo.



Examining manuscripts in the Weston Library on 25 August 2016. L to R: Martin Kauffmann, Lorenzo Amato, Samu Niskanen, Jakub Kujawinski, Iolanda Ventura, Caterina Tristano, Vivian Nutton, Stefania Fortuna and Outi Merisalo. Photo: Irene Ceccherini.
Iolanda Ventura, Stefania Fortuna and Richard Sharpe discussing textual problems in the Ashmolean Dining Rooms. Photo: Outi Merisalo


Part of the group identified as Medieval Manuscripts at Jesus College on 26 August 2016. Photo: Irene Ceccherini.




Most of the group on the point of entering the library of Lincoln College late at night on 26 August 2016.  Photo: Lorenzo Amato.








8 September 2016

Project vice-head Samu Niskanen is awarded an ERC Starting Grant  

 16 September 2016

Department of Languages Research Market

Venue: Agora Lobby, 12 a.m.-4 p.m., Tralmar stand

Benjamin Hübbe (EOS project) and Jakub Kujawinski (Tralmar) 


30 September 2016

Researchers' Night at the University of Jyväskylä: BOOKS! Books!


4-13 October 2016

La formation du lexique scientifique français du XIIIe au XVIe

Course give by project member Joëlle Ducos (University of Paris-Sorbonne) (14h)

31 October 2016

Department of Languages/ReClas Research Market

Venue: Faculty of Sport Sciences, 2 -6 p.m.

 Many visitors, many questions to the young Tralmar scholars Jakub Kujawinski and Miika Kuha. 


14 and 21 November 2016

Länsimaisen lääketieteen historiaa - osa 1. Galenos

Länsimaisen lääketieteen historiaa – osa 2. Nainen – noita ja lukutaidoton lääkäri

Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) journalist Sini Sovijärvi interviewing project partner Stefania Fortuna and PI Outi Merisalo  





30, 31 January, 2 February 2017

Introduction to the history of medicine

Course given by Tralmar partner Stefania Fortuna (Università politecnica delle Marche)
Time and venue: 30 January 12.15 a.m. - 1.45 p.m., 31 January 2.15-3.45 p.m., 2 February 12.15 a.m. 1.45 p.m.,
(Pro)X(ima) 308

15-18 March 2017

Eighth book historical week

Wednesday 15 March 2017

7 p.m.-8 p.m. Cercle Franco-Finlandais de Helsinki, Meritullinkatu 20A, 00170 HELSINKI

(in collaboration with the CFF)

Dominique Stutzmann (IRHT, Paris), Les livres d'heures en France à la fin du Moyen Âge : 

individu, industrialisation, norme sociale et religion


Book history of medical bestsellers of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Course given by Tralmar partners Iolanda Ventura (CNRS-Université d'Orléans)

and Dominique Stutzmann (IRHT, Paris)

Thursday 16 March 2017

12 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fennicum 205

 Iolanda Ventura,  The Aphorisms of Hippocrates:

a medical manual and its readers in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance I

Friday  17 March 2017

10-12 a.m. Seminarium 303

 Iolanda Ventura:  The Aphorisms of Hippocrates:

a medical manual and its readers  in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance II

12 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fennicum 106

Dominique Stutzmann: Identifying medieval best sellers and analyzing the key success factors with the FAMA (Fama Auctorum Medii Aevi) data base


 Saturday 18 March 2017


Time and venue: 12.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. Fennicum 105

Dominique Stutzmann, Dated and datable manuscripts and the history of medieval libraries. The Saint-Bertin abbey case study

Iolanda Ventura, The works of John of Saint-Amand

Jakub Kujawiński (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu/Tralmar), Graphical and textual peculiarities of the oldest witness of the Historia Sicula (BAV, Vat. lat. 6206)

Jürgen Geiss (SBB-PK, Berlin), Tracing early Reformation in Finland – Johann Block (+1544/45) and his itinerant preacher’s library

Benjamin Hübbe (FU Berlin), Thomas Erpeniusʼ Orationes tres de Linguarum Ebraeae atque Arabicae dignitate (1621) in a book historical perspective


7 April 2017


Time and venue: 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. University of Florence, SAGAS, V. S. Gallo 10, FLORENCE

 Outi Merisalo, La fortuna di Vegezio nel tardo medioevo


Wednesday 10 - Thursday 11 May 2017

LECTIO chair 2017, KU Leuven 

Public lecture

Time and venue: Wednesday 5 p.m.,  Promotiezaal – University Hall 01.46 – Naamsestraat 22, LEUVEN

Outi Merisalo, Ex farragine lux. The Uses of the Material Characteristics of Manuscripts in Text Editing


Time and venue: Thursday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.,  Museumzaal – MSI 02.08 – Erasmusplein 2, LEUVEN 

Outi Merisalo, Transmitting Science in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (c. 1100 – c. 1500): the Material Evidence

Afternoon:  papers by doctoral students.



Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 July 2017


Transmission of Knowledge in the Late Middle  Ages and the Renaissance

Venue: Danish Academy, Via Omero 18, ROME

Speakers: L. Amato, C. Bianca, I. Ceccherini, J. Ducos, S. Fortuna, M. Green, P. Gwynne, M. Kuha, J. Kujawinski, S. Niiranen, S. Niskanen, V. Nutton, E. Parina,  M. Varvaro



Jakub Kujawinski on translations of Latin works into MF
Discussions at dinner. From left to right: Joëlle Ducos, Elena Parina, Vivian Nutton, Christine Nutton, Marianne Pade, Susanna Niiranen,  Lorenzo Amato, Samu Niskanen, Monica Green, Stefania Fortuna, Mario Varvaro and Jakub Kujawinski                                                                   
Irene Ceccherini on a sixteenth-century writing master 
Members and partners after the farewell dinner in front of the Palazzo Lante della Rovere