Medieval Manuscripts Meet iPad App in Upcoming Lecture at UM

April 17, 2017

MISSOULA – Emma Cayley, Exeter University associate professor of French, will speak at the University of Montana on April 26 about working on a team to develop an iPad app that presents medieval manuscripts in a digital environment.  

The talk “Rethinking Medieval Materiality: a Tale of Carpet, Screens and Parchment,” will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, in Liberal Arts Building Room 304. The lecture is sponsored by the UM Provost’s Visiting Scholar Program, the Department of English and the Institute for the Humanities. Organizers recommend that the campus community register in advance at The event is free and open to the public, and drop-ins are welcome. 

Funded by the United Kingdom’s Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology and Higher Education Innovation Funding programs, the app allows students and readers to digitally navigate manuscripts in the Exeter collection and access historical and cultural annotations about the manuscripts.

“Professor Cayley’s talk will appeal to community members and scholars in a number of fields, including those interested in digital humanities, and the interface between scholarship and emerging technologies,” said UM English Professor Ashby Kinch.

Cayley is a widely published scholar of late medieval French literature. Her studies focus on the circulation of manuscripts and the construction of debating communities around medieval courtly texts. She published “Debate and Dialogue: Alain Chartier in his Cultural Context with Oxford” in 2006, and has co-edited three other books on the great 15th century French author Alain Chartier and medieval manuscript culture more broadly. Her work on the iPad app involves scholars from Exeter, Stanford and Glasgow universities as well as a private partner, Antenna International.

Learn more about the app at

This lecture also is supported by UM’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections. For more information email Kinch at


Contact: Ashby Kinch, UM English professor, 406-243-4462,