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Dunedin 2017 RBS

illuminated OWelcome to the Dunedin Australasian Rare Book School

The school will be held the week of 30 January to 3 February 2017.  Full descriptions of the three papers on offer are linked below, and each provides details of an advance reading list.  Application forms are also available to download in .doc and .pdf formats.  Finally, there are links to sites with further information about Dunedin.  We hope we will see you in the sunny south for some exceptional study opportunities.

The following papers will be offered in 2017 in Dunedin.
Please follow the links for details about any of them.

Practical information:
All classes offer a list of advance readings that students are expected to complete prior to beginning the class.

Classes run 9–5 Monday through Friday, with an opening reception on Sunday evening, 29 January, and a closing reception late Friday afternoon. All classes include morning and afternoon teas and a public lecture on Wednesday evening by Professor Rosamond McKitterick of Cambridge University.

Tuition for the week is NZ$1000 (c. AUS$940; US$685; £470; €600). Applications close 1 November 2016.  For information about travel and accommodation, please see the links below.  If you have any further questions, please drop us a note at or phone 64-3-479-8892.

Extend Your Visit
Why not combine attendance at ARBS with a NZ conference? Medievalists and Romanticists are both holding conferences at Victoria University of Wellington soon after ARBS concludes. For more details, see

Dunedin Information

The venue
The classes will meet in the Central Library at the University of Otago.  There are many cafes and restaurants in walking distance from the venue.

There are numerous hotels and motels within walking distance of the University of Otago. Please visit Dunedinnz to see a full range of accommodation in the city.  It is also possible that some of the halls of residence on campus may have rooms available.  Please see this page for information on short-term accommodation options via the University’s accommodation office.

It will be summertime, but Dunedin does have a reputation for experiencing four seasons in one day! Average temperatures for Dunedin range from a minimum of 11°C to a maximum of 16°C. For day to day weather, visit MetService.

Dunedin International Airport is 30 km from the University of Otago, with a drive time of around 30 minutes. A taxi fare from the airport to Dunedin city is typically around $90 and if you inform of us of your flight plans we will try to let you know who might be on the flight to share a ride.  More affordable shuttles are also available; the cost varies according to the number of passengers but fares start from $30.

The University of Otago campus is within walking distance from the Octagon, the centre of the city. Buses regularly run from campus to the Octagon. Some services continue on to popular St Clair Beach.

Known for its wildlife, heritage, arts, coffee scene, and lots more, Dunedin is full things to see and do.

All babysitters at Belle Babysitters are fully referenced and have first aid certificates.