Lectures & Conferences

6th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Thinking Outside the Codex

November 21-23, 2013




Opening Reception and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Peter Stallybrass
Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities,
Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory,
and Director of the History of the Material Text Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania

When Is a Book Not a Book?

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.

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



Friday, November 22, 2013

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

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8:30 - 9:00 am     Registration and Coffee

9:00 -10:15 am

Elaine Treharne, Stanford University

Invisible Things

Benjamin Fleming, University of Pennsylvania

Material Forms of Asian Manuscripts: Examples from Penn's Indic Collection and the Ramamala Library

Moderator: Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania


10:15 - 10:30 pm Coffee


10:30 pm - 12:00 pm Workshop I

The Handwritten and the Printed: The limits of format and medium in Japanese premodern books

Linda Chance, University of Pennsylvania, and Julie Davis, University of Pennsylvania


12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch break


1:30 pm -2:45 pm

Kathryn Rudy, University of St. Andrews

Dirty Books: Quantifying user's responses to medieval manuscripts with analogue and digital methods

Tim Stinson, North Carolina State University

Gamelyn’s Heirs: (In)completeness and Middle English Literature

Moderator: Courtney Rydel, Washington College


2:45 - 3:00 pm Coffee


3:00 pm -4:30 pm Workshop II

Demo Workshop for T-Pen: Transcription for paleographical and editorial notation

Jim Ginther, St. Louis University & T-Pen


Saturday, November 23, 2013

8:30 - 9:00 am     Coffee

9:00 -10:45 am

Marie Turner, University of Pennsylvania

Forms of History: The case of Penn's Genealogy of the Kings of England to Edward IV (UPenn MS Roll 1066)

David McKnight, University of Pennsylvania

Traces on a Silicon Chip: The future of online scholarship - Lessons from the digital past

Evyn Kropf, University of Michigan

Will that surrogate do? Reflections on digitally mediated collaborative description for Islamic manuscripts at the University of Michigan

Moderator: Janine Pollock, Free Library of Philadelphia

10:45 - 11:00 pm Coffee

11:00 pm - 12:30 pm Workshop III

Scholarship Outside the Codex: Citation-based digital workflows for integrating objects, images and text without making a mess

Christopher Blackwell, Furman University & The Homer Multitext


12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch break

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Benjamin Albritton, Stanford University, and Rob Sanderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory

SharedCanvas: Dealing with distributed resources and collaboration in digital facsimiles

Martin Foys, King's College London and Drew University

Small Data and Multiple Hosts: Bespoke targets and annotations in the Virtual Mappa Project

Moderator: Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania


3:15 - 3:30 pm Coffee


3:30 pm -5:00 pm Workshop IV

Of Apples and Apple Pie: Exploring the relationship between raw data and digital scholarship

Doug Emery, University of Pennsylvania, and Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Closing Reception and Special Exhibition of Manuscripts from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

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