Lectures & Conferences

10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Intertwined Worlds

November 2-4, 2017



Opening Reception and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 2, 2017


Phyllis Granoff

Lex Hixon Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University

with introductions by Deven Patel, University of Pennsylvania

The Mystery of Mistakes: Reflections on Indian Illustrated Manuscripts

To be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).
Reception begins at 5:00 pm; lecture begins at 6:00 pm.



Friday, November 3, 2017

To be held in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).


9:00 - 9:30 am Coffee and Registration

9:30 - 9:45 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks

H. Carton Rogers, Vice Provost & Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Benjamin J. Fleming, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


9:45 - 11:00 am Session I: Shifts of Technology, Language, Culture

Presider: Benjamin J. Fleming, SIMS

Ayesha A. Irani, University of Massachusetts-Boston

From Manuscript to Print: Islamic Bangla Literature in the Politics of Literary History

Tyler Williams, University of Chicago

Notes of Exchange: Scribal Practices and Vernacular Religious Scholarship in Early Modern North India


11:00 - 11:30 am Coffee


11:30 am - 12:30 pm Workshop I

Presider: Lynn Ransom, SIMS

Gila Prebor & Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan Unversity

A Large-Scale Data-Driven Analysis of Censorship of Hebrew Manuscripts in Italy


12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch


2:00 - 3:30 pm Session II: Ritual and Alchemy

Presider: Pia Brancaccio, Drexel University

Paul Dilley, University of Iowa

From Textual to Ritual Practice: Written Media and Authority in Shenoute's Canons

Shazia Jagot, University of Surrey

Un/Binding Chaucer's Sufism

Ellen Gough, Emory University

The Yantras of the Jain Bhaktāmara Stotra


3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee


3:45 - 4:45 pm Workshop II

Presider: Thibaut d'Hubert, University of Chicago

Saymon Zakaria, Bangla Academy

Contemporary Manuscript Culture in Bangladesh


Saturday, November 4, 2017


8:30 - 9:00 am  Coffee


9:00 - 10:15 am Session III: Mapping Manuscript Communities

Presider: Jamal J. Elias, University of Pennsylvania

Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University

Anatomy of an East African Khōjā Manuscript

Jinah Kim, Harvard University

Intersections of Indic and Chinese Manuscript Cultures: On Hybrid Manuscripts from Nepal and Dunhuang


10:15 - 10:30 am  Coffee


10:30 - 11:30 am Workshop III

Presider: Will Noel, SIMS

Columba Stewart, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and Saint John's University

New opportunities in Comparative Manuscript Studies: The Work of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Digitization and Online Access



11:30 - 11:45am  Coffee


11:45 am - 1:00 pm Session IV: Europe Intertwined

Presider: Nick Herman, SIMS

Justine Walden, University of Toronto

Religious Pluralism Avant la Lettre in Florentine Manuscripts

Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University

Ge'ez Manuscripts as Vectors of and Witnesses to the Exchange of Catholic and Ethiopian Orthodox Religious Knowledge in 16th-Century Rome


1:00 - 2:30 pm Lunch


2:30 - 4:15 pm Session V: People of the Book

Presider: Megan E Robb, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Pregill, Boston University

BL MS Or. 8419: Anti-Judaism, Prophetic Mythology, and Early Fatimid Propaganda

Thibault d'Hubert, SALC, University of Chicago

Rethinking Vernacular Literacy through Arabic in Chittagong

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

The Sideways Images of Eastern Christian Gospel-books and Manichaean Service-books


4:15 - 4:30 pm am Coffee


4:30 - 5:30 pmWorkshop IV

Presider: Julie Davis, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Stanley-Baker, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Digital Workshop on Religious and Medical Sources


5:30 - 7:00 pm Closing Dinner Reception. During the reception and throughout the symposium, the exhibit Intertwined Worlds will be open for viewing in the Goldstein Family Gallery.

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