Led by three co-directors - Head of Collection Development and Curator of Collections J. Andrew Armacost, Professor of Classical Studies William Johnson, and Professor of Religious Studies Jennifer Knust - the Manuscript Migration Lab will examine the history of manuscripts held by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The lab will explore research methodologies that relate to historical ownership and its documentation. It will consider ethical, legal, and political dimensions of cultural heritage as it is situated within global markets, networks, and political systems, and shaped by colonial, imperialistic, and national ideologies.

The lab is administered and funded by the Franklin Humanities Institute, with support from the Office of Global Affairs ’s Mellon Global Studies Endowment.

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Fall 2020 - Present

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