November 2-4, 2017
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 10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.
Despite the linguistic and cultural complexity of many regions of the premodern world, religion supplies the basis of a strong material and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries between communities. This symposium will highlight the confluence of expressions of belief, ritual, and social engagement emerging in technologies and traditions of the world's manuscript cultures, often beyond a single religious context. It will consider common themes and practices of textual, artistic, literary, and iconographic production in religious life across time and geography, from ancient precedents to modern reception and dissemination in the digital age.
The program will begin Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 2nd, 2017, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Phyllis Granoff, Yale University. The symposium will continue November 3rd-4th at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
- Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University
- Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
- Ellen Gough, Emory University
- Thibaud d'Hubert, University of Chicago
- Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University
- Ayesha Irani, University of Massachusetts, Boston
- Shazia Jagot, University of Surrey
- Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
- Jinah Kim, Harvard University
- Gila Prebor, Bar-Ilan University
- Michael Pregill, Boston University
- Michael Stanley-Baker, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
- Columba Stewart, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and Saint John's University
- Justine Walden, University of Toronto
- Tyler Williams, University of Chicago
- Saymon Zakaria, Bangla Academy, Dhaka
- Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan University
The exhibition Intertwined Worlds, curated by co-organizer Benjamin J. Fleming, will be on view in the Goldstein Family Gallery throughout the symposium. All registered symposium attendees are invited to attend the closing dinner reception for a special viewing of the exhibition.
Registration is $35 ($10 for students with valid student ID). Registration open now until Nov 3, 2017. Click here to register.
The symposium is made possible with the generous support of the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
For more information on the Schoenberg Symposium Series, click here.