15th Annual Schoenberg Symposium Translating Science

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn Libraries is delighted to announce the 15th Annual Schoenberg Symposium. All are invited to attend!

Translating Science

November 10 – 12, 2022

@ Penn Libraries, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. The symposium will be held in person with an option to join virtually.

Translating Science considers the networks of exchange, transmission, and translation of natural knowledge evident in manuscript culture in the pre- and early modern periods. We will examine in particular the role of the manuscript book in the translation of natural knowledge across linguistic, regional, disciplinary, and epistemic boundaries. How did scholars, physicians, or philosophers use glosses, diagrams, or other elements of mise-en-page to convey information? What does the manuscript record reveal about the diffusion and conservation of knowledge? How does the materiality of the book itself drive the movement and development of scientific knowledge? What was the role of the scientific manuscript in the era of printed books?

Organized in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, the symposium will feature a keynote address by Elly R. Truitt, Associate Professor in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science at Penn, entitled Translatio Scientiae: Chaucer, the Astrolabe, and Making English Scientific.

Other speakers include:

  • Persis Berlekamp, University of Chicago
  • Andrew Berns, University of South Carolina
  • Jennifer Borland, Oklahoma State University
  • Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, University of Athens
  • Montserrat Cabré, Universidad de Cantabria
  • Hsiao-wen Cheng, University of Pennsylvania
  • Vivek Gupta, University of Cambridge
  • Eric Moses Gurevitch, Vanderbilt University
  • Shireen Hamza, Harvard University
  • Jack Hartnell, University of East Anglia
  • Elaine Leong, University College London
  • Pamela O. Long, Independent Historian
  • Dominic Olariu, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Ahmed Ragab, Institute of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Alexandre Roberts, University of Southern California

Registration is free and open to the public. Visit this website for more information on the program and location and to register: https://www.library.upenn.edu/event/translating-science.

To follow more about SIMS’s news and events, sign up here for the SIMS newsletter.

This entry was posted in Conferences. Bookmark the permalink.