The Rise Project

Project PN-III-P4-ID-PCCF-2016-0064 “The Rise of an Intellectual Elite in Central Europe: The University of Vienna from 1389 to 1450” is coordinated by Dr. Adinel Dincă and Dr. Monica Brînzei, and hosted by Babeș-Bolyai University and The Romanian Academy. Rise Team: Alexandra Baneu, Alexander Baumgarten, Cristian Baumgarten, Luciana Cioca, Daniel Coman, Paula Cotoi, Ioana Curuț, Iulian-Mihai Damian, Lavinia Grijac, Edit Anna Lukács, Mihai Maga, Andrei Marinca, Mădălina Gabriela Pantea, Isabela Stoian.

The Rise project studies one manuscript, MS. Basel Universitatsbibliothek A X 44, which belonged to Henry of Rinfeldia, a student of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Vienna at the end of the 14th century. Henry had witnessed the first generation of professors at the then-newly-founded faculty, recording their courses, their ideas, their debates in this one notebook, MS. Basel A X 44, which is a particularly intricate and interesting exemplar of not only the classroom dynamic, but also the organizational methods of a student making sense of the amount of content he had access to. This turns the notebook into a bit of a puzzle for us, as the number of internal references, added schedules, and disjointed texts need to be reorganized back into their original unity.

As a result, the manuscript is now being transcribed in its entirety. This has offered us the opportunity to show, by means of a series of videos, the transcription process of the team behind the project and the way in which we connect fragments, notes, and schedules in order to piece the texts back together.

We have recently started a series on YouTube. Our channel is called Training in Medieval Philosophical Manuscripts, and the videos are also available on our website.

We are pleased to be collaborating with Teaching the Codex on a blog post and a set of forthcoming Teachable Features, showcasing different aspects of the project.