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2nd Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

October 30-31, 2009

Lex scripta: The Manuscript as Witness to the History of Law

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Biddle Law Library of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's symposium is dedicated to the history of handwritten law and legal documents in Western Europe and the Middle East up to the early modern period in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry Charles Lea, whose library containing a significant collection of works on ecclesiastical legal history was conveyed to the University in 1926.

Nine speakers will present papers on various topics relating to the history of handwritten law and legal documents. The symposium will conclude with a panel of digital humanities scholars who will discuss specific  projects and issues related to the digitization of legal manuscripts and documents.

Participants include:

  • Jonathan E. Brockopp, Penn State University
  • Hugh Cayless, New York University
  • Simon Corcoran, Projet Volterra, University College London
  • Gero Dolezalek, University of Aberdeen
  • Abigail Firey, University of Kentucky
  • Jessica Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kathleen E. Kennedy, Penn State University-Brandywine
  • Susan L'Engle, Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University
  • Kenneth Pennington, The Catholic University of America
  • Edward Peters, University of Pennsylvania
  • Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State University 
  • Georg Vogeler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
  • Anders Winroth, Yale University

The symposium will be held at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central.  For locations, schedule, and program details, click here.

Registration is $35 (Free to students with valid student ID).  ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of E. Ann Matter, Associated Dean of Arts and Letters, and the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

For further information or problems with registration, please contact Lynn Ransom at lransom@pobox.upenn.edu or (215) 898-7851.

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