11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

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Initial I with a saint, possibly St. John the Evangelist. Attributed to Sano di Pietro, c. 1470. Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 25:1.
Initial I with a saint, possibly St. John the Evangelist. Attributed to Sano di Pietro, c. 1470. Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 25:1.

November 15-17, 2018

Illuminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space and time. The goal of this year’s symposium is to examine cases of intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style, iconography, social context, and cultural geography, while also posing broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be insights gained from the technical examination of works in different media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology, and the discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical divisions

The program will begin Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 15, 2018, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Professor Susie Nash, Courtauld Institute of Art. The symposium will continue November 16th-17th at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speakers include:

  • Carmen Decu Teodorescu, University of Geneva
  • Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Frédéric Elsig, University of Geneva
  • Alexandra Green, British Museum
  • Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bryan C. Keene, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Stella Panayotova, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
  • Georgi Parpulov, Independent Scholar
  • Nandita Punj, Rutgers University
  • Paola Ricciardi, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
  • Christine Sciacca, The Walters Art Museum
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania
  • Benjamin C. Tilghman, Washington College
  • Nancy Turner, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Laura Weigert, Rutgers University
  • Roger S. Wieck, The Morgan Library & Museum

Registration is $35 ($10 for students with valid student ID). Registration is now open: click here.

For more information on the Schoenberg Symposium Series, click here.

Organized by Nicholas Herman, Curator of Manuscripts, and Lynn Ransom, Curator of Programs, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

The symposium organizers wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Williams Fund of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and of the Wolf Humanities Center's "Humanities at Large" program.