Papyrus Conservation Summer Seminar

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Monday, 13 July, 2020 to Friday, 24 July, 2020
Monday, 6 January, 2020
Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Papyrology Collection, Ann Arbor, MI

The Papyrology Collection of the University of Michigan Library will host a two-week seminar in papyrus conservation from Monday, 13 July to Friday, 24 July 2020, directed by Head of Conservation and Book Repair, Marieka Kaye. Participants will receive an in-depth, hands-on introduction to papyrus conservation. They will learn about the tools and materials used in papyrus conservation as well as the theory and methodology behind current conservation techniques. They will then utilize these techniques to perform a range of treatment on papyri from the University of Michigan's Collection, including written documentation, digital photo-documentation, mechanical cleaning, damp treatments, reduction of folds, alignment of fibers, alignment of fragments, and methods of housing and storage.

Due to space constraints, the number of participants is strictly limited to six. Preference will be given to scholars and conservators who are directly involved with papyrus, whether in papyrus collections or archaeological excavations. Current students in conservation masters programs are also encouraged to apply.

There is no course fee for the seminar, which is supported by the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection; participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals. All required tools will be provided for use during the seminar and participants will have the option of purchasing them at cost at the conclusion of the seminar. All participants are required to offer a presentation on their home institution's papyrus conservation issues, experiences, and concerns. A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of the seminar.

The Instructor: Marieka Kaye began to work in the field of library conservation as a Preservation Assistant at Brandeis University in 1998. She is currently the head of conservation and book repair at the University of Michigan Library, where she leads the in-house treatment of physical materials, both special and general collections. Marieka came to U-M in 2013, after serving as a book and paper conservator for eight years at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. She received a Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Marieka trained in papyrus conservation with Leyla Lau-Lamb.

To apply please send contact information, a statement summarizing relevant conservation or papyrological experience and responsibilities (maximum 600 words), and one letter of recommendation in PDF format to:

Marieka Kaye:

Deadline for applications is 6 January 2020.