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13th Annual Schoenberg (Virtual) Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Manuscript Studies in the Digital Covid-19 Age

November 18-20, 2020
13th Annual (Virtual) Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Manuscript Studies in the Covid-19 Age

November 18-20, 2020
  • Program

In the early spring of 2020, as the world shut down, scholarship and teaching were thrown into a virtual, online world. In the hands-on world of manuscripts studies, students, teachers, researchers, librarians, and curators lost physical access to the very objects upon which their work centered. But we were ready. Thanks to world-wide digitization efforts over the past twenty years, scholars at all levels and around the world have, by all counts, virtual access to more manuscripts and manuscript-related metadata than even a generation ago and are benefited by a broad array of digital tools, technologies, and resources that allow them to locate, gather, analyze, and interrogate digitized manuscripts and related metadata.

But in a Covid-19 Age, have these resources and tools been enough to continue manuscript research and study? Has scholarship and teaching been supported by these resources and tools in the ways that those who created them intended? Has access to these artifacts of our shared intellectual heritage become more open and equitable or are there still hurdles for scholarship around the world to overcome?  Has a forced reckoning with digital tools, technologies, and resources spurred new questions or avenues of research or thrown up barriers? As creators and users of digital tools, technologies, and resources, have we learned anything since March about the success or failure of such projects? We will consider these questions and the opportunities and limitations offered by digital images and manuscript-related metadata as well as the digital and conceptual interfaces that come between the data and us as users. Our goal is to offer a (virtual) space to discuss lessons learned since March and how those lessons can push us to better practice and development of strategies in the future.

The symposium will take Wednesday, November 18 to Friday, November 20. Each day will consist of a 90-minute session with papers in the morning, followed by a 90-minute panel discussion led by invited moderators in the afternoon.  All sessions will be recorded and made available after each session. Participants include:

  • Alessandro Bausi, Universität Hamburg
  • Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
  • Alberto Campagnolo, University of Udine and Ca' Foscari University, Venice
  • Orietta Da Rold, University of Cambridge
  • Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America
  • Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma
  • Doug Emery, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Johanna Green, University of Glasgow
  • Daniel Gullo, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
  • Nicholas Herman, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
  • Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar
  • Dot Porter, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Sarah Bowen Savant, Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations
  • Peter Stokes, École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université PSL (Paris)
  • Bridget Whearty, Binghamton University
  • Whitney Trettien, University of Pennsylvania

Two events will be held conjunction with the symposium:

  • Scholarly Editing Covid19-Style: Laura Morreale will lead a 3-day crowd-sourcing effort to transcribe, edit, and submit for publication an edition of Le Pelerinage de Damoiselle Sapience, from UPenn MS Codex 660 (f. 86r-95v). Sounds crazy? Well, that's 2020! Details forthcoming.
  • Virtual Lightning Round: Pre-recorded 5-minute lightning round talks featuring digital projects at all stages of development, from ideas to implementation. Want to feature your digital project? Submit your proposal here by Friday, October 28, to be considered.

Registration is free and open to the public but required. Click here to register. A Zoom link for all three days will be provided upon registration.

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

Program

Wednesday, November 18

Looking Back and Aiming Forward

10:30 - 12:00 Presentations

Peter Stokes, École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université PSL (Paris) 

Digital and Computational Palaeography: Some Promises and Problems

Alberto Campagnolo, Università degli Studi di Udine

The Elusive Book, or the Digitization of the Materiality of Books

Sarah Bowen Savant,  Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations

How Intertextual is the Historical Arabic Tradition? Views from the KITAB Project

 

2:00 - 3:30 Discussion Panel, with responses by:

Whitney Trettien, University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America

Doug Emery, SIMS, Penn Libraries

 

Thursday, November 19

Access and Discovery/Inclusion and Exclusion

10:30 - 12:00 Presentations

Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar

Distant Gatherings: A Text-Case for Digital Manuscript Collaborations

Alessandro Bausi, Universität Hamburg

Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: The experience of the Beta maṣāḥǝft project on Ethiopian and Eritrean manuscripts

Daniel Gullo, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

Creating Access to Underrepresented Communities: HMML Authority File and Data Management in vHMML and beyond


2:00 - 3:30 Discussion Panel, with responses by:

Nicholas Herman, SIMS, Penn Libraries

Orietta da Rold, University of Cambridge

Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University


 

Friday, November 20

Interrogating Interfaces and Digital Representation: Images, Metadata, Screens

10:30 - 12:00 Presentations

Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California

TBD

Johanna Green, University of Glasgow

Remote Codicology: Navigating the Material Book at a Distance

Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma

A Manuscript Wanders into VR: Oh My!

 

2:00 - 3:30 Discussion Panel, with responses by:

Dot Porter, SIMS, Penn Libraries

Bridget Whearty, Binghamton University

Erik Kwakkel, University of British Columbia

 

3:30 - 4pm: Virtual Coffee/Wine Hour, featuring a discussion by Laura Morreale on the results of the UPenn Codex 660 Transcription Project

 

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