Lectures & Conferences

4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Writing the East:

History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions

October 21-22, 2011

Final Program

[click here for abstracts]


Friday, October 21, 2011

Opening Reception and Special Exhibition of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Razmnama of 1598-1599 and other selected treasures

with a lecture by

Yael Rice, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Picturing Writing, Reading, and Image-Making at the Court of Akbar

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


To be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall,
G17 Auditorium (entrance at rear of building) , 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA (map)

Morning Session


9:00 - 9:45 am     Registration and Coffee

9:45 - 10:00 am     Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 -12:00 pm     Reading and Learning to Read along the Silk Road: Examining the Manuscript Evidence


Adam Gacek, McGill University (Canada)

Evidence of readership in Arabic Manuscripts

Hiram Woodward, The Walters Art Museum (USA)

Illustrated Manuscripts of Thailand

Kazuko Tanabe, The Eastern Institute (Japan)

A Comparative Study of the Differences Between the Folding Book Kept in Kakuozan Nittaiji and the Folding Book Kept in Wat Hua Krabu


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm     Lunch Break

Special Exhibition of Manuscripts from the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection and Penn's Rare Book & Manuscript Library to be held in Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (map)


Afternoon Session


1:45pm - 3:45 pm     Collecting, Cataloging, and Studying Manuscripts in Asia


Min Bahadur Shakya, Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods (Nepal)

Preservation of Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts in the Kathmandu Valley

Paul R. Goldin, University of Pennsylvania (USA) [RECENTLY ADDED]

The Ancient Chinese Manuscript Hengxian and the Problem of Studying Looted Artifacts

Susan Whitfield, British Library (UK)

Creating a Codicology of Central Asian Manuscripts


3:45 - 4:00 pm     Coffee Break


4:00 pm -5:15 pm New Digital Tools for Reading Old Manuscripts


Peter Scharf, The Sanskrit Library (USA)

Providing Access to Manuscripts in the Digital Age

David Germano, University of Virginia (USA)

Tibetan Texts, Oral Culture, and Bidirectional Dictionary Services


5:15 - 6:00 pm Roundtable Discussion: Advancing Technologies in the Preservation and Access of Asian Manuscript Traditions

Moderated by Lynn Ransom and Justin McDaniel


6:00 - 7:00 pm Closing Reception and Special Exhibition of Manuscripts from the collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (map)

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