Lectures & Conferences

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

 Lex scripta:

The Manuscript Book as Witness to the History of Law


[click here to read abstracts]


Friday, October 30, 2009

Special Session in honor of Edward Peters, Henry Charles Lea Professor Emeritus of History, University of Pennsylvania

- Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA (map)

4:30-5:00  Registration

5:00-5:15  Welcome and Opening Remarks


Anders Winroth, Yale University

Editing Gratian's Decretum with the Help of the Computer

Kenneth Pennington, The Catholic University of America

Legal Manuscripts and Books in Cyberspace

Reception to follow.

A special exhibition of legal manuscripts from Penn's collections will be on view during the reception.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Morning Session

- Montgomery Auditorium, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA (map)

9:00-9:30  Coffee and Registration


Jonathan E. Brockopp, Penn State University

Early Islamic Legal Manuscripts:  What we know; what we may yet discover

Gero Dolezalek, University of Aberdeen

Legal Manuscripts in Scotland 1500-1730

Kathleen E. Kennedy, Penn State University-Brandywine

Manuscripts in the Hampton L. Carson Collection in the Free Library of Philadelphia


11:30 -1:30  Mid-day Break

including a private viewing of selected legal manuscripts from the Hampden L. Carson Collection and the John Frederick Lewis Collection, Rare Book Department, 3rd Floor

A light lunch will be provided.  Buses will depart to the University of Pennsylvania during this time.

Afternoon Session

- Silverman Hall, Room 240A, Penn Law School, 3400 Chestnut St (entrance on 34th) (map)

1:30 -2:30  Keynote Address

Edward Peters, Henry Charles Lea Professor Emeritus of History, University of Pennsylvania

Henry Charles Lea: (Canon Law) Jurisprudence and Civilization

2:30-2:45  Coffee



Abigail Firey, University of Kentucky

Mutating Monsters: Approaches to "Living" Legal Texts of the Carolingian Era

Susan L'Engle, Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University

Readers in the Margins: Pictorializing the Study of Roman Law

Jessica Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania

Digitizing the Geniza: a cautionary tale?

4:45-6:30  Panel Discussion:  Legal Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Moderator:  Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State University, Roman de la Rose Digital Library Advisory Board & Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive (forthcoming)



Hugh Cayless, New York University, Advanced Papyrological Information System

Simon Corcoran, University College London, Projet Volterra

Kenneth Pennington, Catholic  University of America

Georg Vogeler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Charters Encoding Initiative

Reception to Follow

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