University of Galway
Irish Research Council


Handbook of Glossing workshop

University of Galway, 28–29 September 2023


Glossing is the practice of annotating books, between the lines or in the margins. Glosses provide evidence for reading, education, scholarship, and knowledge transfer in the pre-modern world.

The Handbook of Glossing will be a new publication that will document, for the first time, the full extent of the practice of glossing internationally, while providing outlines of new theoretical and conceptual frameworks that can be used by researchers both engaged in individual fields and working comparatively. It will be a multi-authored work, drawing on expertise from specialists in a wide range of fields.

The Handbook of Glossing workshop will be held at the University of Galway over 28–29 September 2023. The workshop will provide the opportunity for 30 contributors from 18 different countries to present early versions of their chapters. Contributors will be encouraged to use their presentations to discuss areas of difficulty, in order to explore solutions in a collaborative environment.

Venue: Hardiman Research Building, room G-010 (ground floor). If you would like to attend via Zoom, please register online before end of 26 September. A link will be e-mailed on 27 September.

Thursday 28 September 2023

9:15 Welcome

9:30 Session 1

Project overview
Pádraic Moran (University of Galway) & Matthew Zisk (Tohoku University)

Typologies of glossing
Alderik Blom (University of Marburg)

Editing glosses
Susan Boynton (Columbia University) & Evina Steinová (independent)

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Session 2

Modern glossing practices
Aimée Lahaussois (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot)

Latin glossing tradition
Franck Cinato (CNRS/Uni. Paris Diderot) & Mariken Teeuwen (Huygens Institute)

Irish, Welsh, Breton glossing tradition
Bernhard Bauer (University of Graz)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 3

English glossing tradition
Patrizia Lendinara (University of Palermo)

Continental Germanic glossing tradition
Andreas Nievergelt (University of Zürich)

Slavic glossing tradition
Dorota Masłej & Tomasz Mika (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Session 4

Greek glossing tradition
Filippomaria Pontani (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

Coptic glossing tradition
So Miyagawa (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), Tokyo) & Mona Sawy (Assiut University)

Hebrew glossing tradition
Elvira Martín-Contreras (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científica, Madrid)

Friday 29 September 2023

9:30 Session 5

Arabic glossing tradition
Stefanie Brinkmann (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig)

Sanskrit glossing tradition
Camillo Formigatti (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Dunhuang glossing tradition
Jing Feng (Peking University)

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Session 6

Chinese glossing tradition
Bruce Rusk (University of British Columbia) & Yinzong Wei (Wuhan University)

Korean glossing tradition
Ross King (University of British Columbia)

Vietnamese glossing tradition
Thi Thu Huyen Nguyen (Tohoku University)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 7

Japanese glossing tradition
Teiji Kosukegawa (Toyama University)

Romance glossing tradition
Michelle Troberg (University of Toronto) & John Whitman (Cornell University)

Disciplinary perspectives: law
Carolina Gual Silva (Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro)

15:30 Coffee

16:00 Session 8

Disciplinary perspectives: linguistics
John Whitman (Cornell University)

Disciplinary perspectives: religious studies
Jesse Keskiaho (University of Helsinki)

17:00 Concluding discussion