Lectures & Conferences

8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Picking Up the Pieces

November 12-14, 2015



Opening Reception and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Nicholas Pickwoad

Director of Ligatus, A Research Center of the University of the Arts London

Fragments of a Working Life

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.
Attendees will have the opportunity to view the exhibition Sacred StoriesThe World’s Religious Traditions, featuring religious manuscripts and books from around the world.



Friday, November 13, 2015

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).

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*please note: schedule updated on November 11, 2015.

8:45 - 9:30 am     Registration and Coffee

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

Lynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), University of Pennsylvania Libraries


9:45 -11:00 am

Dominique Stutzmann, Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes-CNRS

Saint-Bertin Abbey as a Cultural Center from the 7th to the 18th century

Marina Rustow, Princeton University*

Three Ways to Find Joins from the Cairo Geniza

Moderator: Lynn Ransom, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania LIbraries

*The previously scheduled speaker, Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Studies, is not able to attend.


11:00 - 11:15 am Coffee


11:15 am -12:00 pm Workshop I

Demonstration of the New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Lynn Ransom and Doug Emery, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


12:00 - 1:30 pm   Lunch


1:30 - 2:30 pm   Workshop II

Collation: A Tool for Virtual Reconstruction

Dot Porter, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


2:30 - 2:45 pm   Break


2:45 -4:30 pm

Grigory Kessel, Philipps University Marburg

Membra disjecta of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Towards an Archaeology of the Manuscript

Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffman, Independent Scholar

Unification of Fragmented and Dispersed Greek Manuscripts

Stefan Schorch, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg

The Samaritan Parts of UPenn Ms. Codex 1649 in the context of Samaritan Manuscript Culture

Moderator: Ralph Rosen, University of Pennsylvania


4:30 -4:45 pm   Break


4:45 - 5:45 pm   Workshop III

Digital Unwrapping:  Homer, Herculaneum, and the Scroll from Ein Gedi

Brent Seales, University of Kentucky

Moderator: Joseph Farell, University of Pennsylvania


Saturday, November 14, 2015

9:00 - 9:30 am   Coffee


9:30 - 10:45 am

Dagmar Riedel, Columbia University

Buying by the Box: Islamic Manuscripts and American Collectors, 1865–1976

Susanne Kerekes, University of Pennsylvania

Tying Together the Various Traces of Thai Manuscripts

Moderator: David McKnight, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

10:45 - 11:00 am   Coffee


11:00 -12:00 am Workshop IV

Unnatural Selection: Estimating the Number of Broken Books, their Contents, and Surviving Folios from manuscriptlink Data

Scott Gwara, University of South Carolina

Moderator: Mitch Fraas, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


12:00 - 1:45 pm   Lunch


1:45 - 3:30 pm

Anne-Marie Eze, Independent Scholar

“Safe from destruction by fire”: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Venetian Manuscripts

Debra Cashion, Center for Digital Humanities, St. Louis University

Broken Books: The Llangattock Breviary, a Rolls-Royce of a Manuscript

Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America

Hangest's Codex, Duschnes' Knife: The Beauvais Missal as a Case Study in Digital Surrogacy

Moderator: Dot Porter, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


3:30 - 3:45 pm   Coffee


3:45  - 4:45 pm   Workshop V

Fragmentarium - A Worldwide Network to Bring Medieval Manuscript Fragments Online: The Technical and Institutional Challenges

Christoph Flüeler, University of Fribourg & e-codices

Moderator: William Noel, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


4:45 -5:00 pm   Break


5:00  - 5:45 pm     Roundtable Discussion: How does it all fit together?


William Noel, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Brian C. Rose, University of Pennsylvania & Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


6:00 - 7:30 pm Closing Dinner Reception and a special exhibition of manuscripts from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries will be on view.

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