Annual Middle French Paleography Workshops are an integral component of the Making and Knowing Project and provide intensive training in the accurate reading, editing, and interpretation of BnF Ms. Fr. 640. Participants gain paleographic skills in middle French as they collaborate on a transcription and translation of the manuscript, making use of new digital tools and methodologies.
Marc Smith, Professeur de paléographie medievale et moderne, École des chartes, Paris, leads the three-week course at Columbia University, during which advanced graduate students from across North America and Europe transcribe and translate the manuscript. These workshops provide graduate students in French literary studies, history, and art history with training in Renaissance French hands, giving the students practice in the transcription and translation of the manuscript.