This summer, Dr. Stephanie Leitch led the 45th international summer course at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany on the topic of Early Modern Visual Data: Organizing Knowledge in Printed Books. Leitch describes the delightful experience of working with young scholars in direct contact with the texts in the renowned library:
A group of 15 doctoral students from Europe, Asia, and the Americas joined me to inspect the kindred function of images across diverse and seemingly disparate texts. In the sixteenth century, woodcuts accompanied memory treatises, devotional texts, texts about the cosmos and the natural world, as well as manuals about the care of horses and textbooks for artists. Along with a group of seven tutors, we asked to what extent images provided the mortar between different modes of empirical investigation, and how images helped to sift, filter, and organize information.
The following podcast and video about the workshop were produced by the media team at the Herzog August Bibliothek: