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Lectures & Conferences

9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 17-19, 2016

Reactions: Medieval/Modern

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's theme, "Reactions: Medieval/Modern," gives us space to explore the many and varied ways that people have reacted to, and acted upon, manuscripts from the Middle Ages up to today. Reactions take many forms. They include the manipulation of physical objects through, for example, the marking up of texts, addition of illustrations, the disbinding of books or rebinding of fragments, as well as the manipulation of digital objects, thanks to new technologies involved in digitization, ink and parchment analysis, virtual reconstruction, among many other processes. This symposium will also tackle how popular culture has reacted to manuscripts over time as witnessed by their use and appearance in books, games, and films.

The program begins Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 17 at at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a reception followed with the keynote address at 6:00 pm by Michelle P. Brown, Professor emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and former Curator of Manuscripts at the British Library. The symposium continues, November 18-19, at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, with papers and workshops that delve into various aspects of fragmentation and reconstitution.

Speakers include:

  • Angela Bennett, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Ray Clemens, Yale University
  • Doug Emery, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • William Endres, University of Oklahoma
  • Pat Fish, LuckyFish.com, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Fenella France, Library of Congress
  • Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto
  • Bryan Haberberger, Saint Louis University
  • Dorothy Kim, Vassar College
  • Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia
  • Erik Kwakkel, Leiden University
  • Yael Rice, Amherst College
  • Marina Rustow, Princeton University
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson, Independent Scholar
  • Beeke Stegman, University of Copenhagen
  • Jon Sudbury, Jon Sudbury Games
  • Drew Thomas, University of St. Andrews
  • Jeffrey Witt, Loyola University of Maryland


Program details available here

Registration fee is $35 ($10 for students with valid student ID). Register here by November 16. Walk-in registrations will be accepted for a fee of $45 ($15 for students with valid student ID) to be paid in cash.

The symposium is made possible with the generous support of the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen and the Dean's Office of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences.

Join the symposium Facebook group to connect with other attendees or tweet  @SIMS_Mss #msreactions to start a discussion.

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