Beeke Stegmann

Beeke Stegmann


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    My reasearch focuses on Scandinavian manuscripts, their production, transmission and reception. I investigate both medieval and post-medieval manuscripts from the angle of codicology, material philology and book history. Most notably, I research rearranged manuscripts as well as the production circumstances of Icelandic codices from the fourteenth century. The methods I employ combine traditional codicological approaches with technical methods such as multi-spectral scanning and digitally supported data analysis (Digital Humanities). Currently, I am also working on an infrastructure for digital editions of Nordic manuscripts.

    I actively use and promote tools such as XML and XSLT for manuscript studies. Apart from being involved in creating an electronic catalogue for the manuscripts of Saint Catherine's monestary in Mt. Sinai, I collaborate with the online catalogue for Icelandic manuscripts and am a member of the Menota council, which is currently working on a new version of the handbook for electronic encoding of Medieval Nordic primary sources.

    My PhD thesis was called Árni Mangússon's rearrangement of paper manuscripts. It is a codicological study of 17th and early 18th-century codices that were taken apart and rearranged by Árni Magnússon. His activity has been obscured by the work of later librarians and conservators, who counteracted Árni's efforts by rebinding and cataloguing his compilations based on the origins of their multiple parts, so that today Árni is frequently said to have dismembered his paper manuscripts when he in fact rearranged them into new and often large compositions. Based on codicological evidence and old cataloguing records from the period following his death, I trace the complete physical history of these manuscripts. The study investigates the extent of manipulated manuscripts, Árni's working methods and his reationale for rearranging so many of the manuscripts in his collection. A corpus of 114 paper manuscripts has been analysed in detail and their records as well as additional visualisation graphs are available at


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