Current Projects

astroLABe 2024

On April 8, 2024, Bloomington will experience a total solar eclipse. A team of humanities scholars at IU has come together to organize eclipse-related activities around the astrolabe, a medieval tool used for observing the stars and making various astrological, geometric, and chronological calculations.

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The Peripheral Manuscripts Project

Book Lab Co-Director Elizabeth Hebbard is the Primary Principal Investigator for the Peripheral Manuscripts Project and works alongside Co-PI Michelle Dalmau, one of the members of our Board of Directors. 

The Peripheral Manuscripts Project is a four-year project (2020-2024), hosted at Indiana University Bloomington, to digitize and describe 74 codices and 617 medieval manuscript fragments from twenty-two primarily non-R1 Midwestern institutions. All item descriptions and high-resolution, IIIF-compliant images will be published in an open-access IU LIbraries Digital Collection Services repository in late 2024.

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NEH Humanities Initiative: Creating an IU Book Studies Minor

This new curricular initiative was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in January 2024 and will run from March 2024 to March 2027.

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The Bayeux Tapestry from Scratch (BTFS) project was recently funded with a Medieval Academy of America Centennial Grant, celebrating The Medieval Academy's centenary. BTFS is a three-year lecture and workshop series that wil begin in 2025.

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