12th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 21-23, 2019

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

The concept of linked open data is the holy grail of the digital humanities. Yet the problem of how to link information across platforms has existed since civilization began. As knowledge and learning expanded in premodern society, the problems associated with collecting, combining, and disseminating information inspired new approaches to and technologies for the material text. In the internet age, we continue to grapple with the same problems and issues. While technologies have changed, the questions remain the same.

This year’s symposium explores the connections between historic and current approaches to data linkage in regard to manuscripts and manuscript research. Hooking Up addresses the topic from a variety of angles and considers how the manuscript book operates as a vehicle for information retrieval and dissemination from the technology of the page and the textual apparatus of a book, to the library, and finally, the internet. We will also consider such questions as how medieval practices of memory shaped information retrieval and gathering, how did the technology of the manuscripts book—in all its many forms—facilitate or hinder information processing, how can medieval solutions inform modern technologies, and how do modern technologies illuminate medieval practices? The program will also feature sessions highlighting projects that are advancing linked data technologies for manuscript researchers, including the T-AP Digging Into Data Challenge project Mapping Manuscript Migrations.

The program will begin Thursday evening, November 21, 5:00 pm, at the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote address by Professor Mary Carruthers, New York University, and All Souls College, Oxford University. The symposium will continue November 22nd-23rd at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Other speakers include:

  • Benjamin L. Albritton, Stanford Libraries
  • Toby Burrows, e-Research Centre, Oxford University,
  • Matthew Driscoll, Arnamagnæan Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Christoph Flüeler, University of Fribourg
  • Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle & Arnamagnæan Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Mikko Koho, Semantic Computing Research Group, Aalto University
  • Jehnna Lewis, University of Pennsylvania
  • Megan C. McNamee, Warburg Institute
  • Aylin Malcolm, University of Pennsylvania
  • David R. Nelson, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sally Ragep, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
  • Lynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
  • Helmut Reimitz, Princeton University
  • Linda Safran, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto
  • Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College
  • Kelly Tuttle, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Nancy Um, Binghamton University
  • Athanasios Velios, Ligatus, University of the Arts London
  • Hanno Wijsman, Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes
  • Jeffrey Witt, Loyola University Maryland
  • Elizabeth Yale, University of Iowa
  • Kıvılcım Yavuz, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Registration fee is $35 ($10 for students with valid student ID).  Online registration closes Thursday, November 21, at noon. Walk-in registrations will be accepted for a fee of $45 ($15 for students with valid student ID) to be paid in cash. Please register here.

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

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