The Papyrology Collection of the University of Michigan Library will host a two-week seminar in papyrus conservation from Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 22, 2018 directed by Conservation Librarian/Conservator 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 conservation, whether in papyrus collections or archaeological excavations.
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 has served as a conservator of books, paper, and papyrus at the University of Michigan since 2013, where she studied papyrus conservation with Leyla Lau-Lamb. She comes to the University of Michigan after serving as a book and paper conservator for 8 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 began to work in the field of library conservation as a Preservation Assistant at Brandeis University in 1998. She went on to work as Library Preservation Assistant at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Conservation Assistant for Exhibitions and Loans at the New-York Historical Society. She also completed advanced internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Municipal Archives, Syracuse University, Etherington Conservation Services, and the University of California Los Angeles.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications is 1 November 2017.