Lectures & Conferences

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

Reactions: Medieval/Modern

November 17-19, 2016



Opening Reception and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Michelle Brown

Professor emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London

From King Athelstan to Game of Thrones: Responses to the Early Manuscript Culture of Britain and Ireland across the Ages

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.



Friday, November 18, 2016

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).


8:30 - 9:00 am Coffee

9:00 - 9:15 am     Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dot Porter, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), University of Pennsylvania Libraries


9:15 -11:00 am Session I

Dorothy Kim, Vassar College

Medieval Manuscripts and Thick Archiving

Erik Kwakkel, Leiden University

Flash or Substance? Bringing Medieval Manuscripts to the Masses

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Independent Scholar

Marking the Place in Islamic Manuscripts of the Early Modern Period

Moderator: Dot Porter, SIMS


11:00 - 11:30 am Coffee


11:30 am -12:30 pm Panel Discussion

Medieval Manuscript Digital Projects: The Programmer's Perspective

Bryan Haberberger, Saint Louis University

Doug Emery, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Drew Thomas, University of St. Andrews

Moderator: Lynn Ransom, SIMS


12:30 - 2:00 pm   Lunch


2:00 - 4:00pm pm   Session II

Pat Fish, LuckyFish.com

Bringing Medieval Manuscripts to Life in Skin with Tattoos

Jon Sudbury, Jon Sudbury Games

Embracing the Deeply Visual World of the Middle Ages in the Modern Tabletop Gaming Industry

Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia

Uterine Vellum: Animal Lives and Literary Afterlives

Moderator: David J. Wallace, University of Pennsylvania


4:00 -4:30 pm   Break


4:30 - 5:30 pm   Workshop I

Finding Joins in the Cairo Geniza: Algorithms vs. My Hippocampus (cont'd)

Marina Rustow, Princeton University


Saturday, November 19, 2016


8:30 - 9:00 am   Coffee


9:00 - 11:00 am Session III

Yael Rice, Amherst College

Against Endurance: Towards a Theory of the Mutable Mughal Manuscript

Ray Clemens, Yale University

The Collection of Otto Ege at Yale University

Beeke Stegmann, Copenhagen University

Under Constant Change: Re-arranged Icelandic Manuscripts

Moderator: Nicholas Herman, SIMS


10:00 - 11:30 am   Coffee


11:30 -12:30 am Workshop II

Linked Data, Digital Editions, and the Medieval Scholastic Corpus Data

Jeffrey Witt, Loyola University of Maryland


12:30 - 2:00 pm   Lunch


2:00 - 4:00 pm Session IV

Angela Bennett, University of Nevada Reno

Aggregation: The Digital Response to Manuscript Data

William Endres, University of Oklahoma

Digitally Across Time: Generating Knowledge from 125 Years of Photography for the St Chad Gospels

Fenella France, Library of Congress

Archaeology of the Manuscript: Additional Layers, New Perspectives

Moderator: Sarah Reidell, University of Pennsylvania Libraries


4:00 - 4:30 pm   Coffee


4:30 - 5:30 Workshop III

Brainstorming a Game: Medieval Manuscripts

Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto

5:30 - 7:00 pm Closing Dinner Reception. During the reception and throughout the symposium, the exhibit Reactions: Medieval/Modern will be open for viewing in the Goldstein Family Gallery.

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