Call for Papers – Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Call for Papers
Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Sponsored Session
at the 49
th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2014

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Project at the University of Pennsylvania seeks proposals for the following sponsored session:

Tracking Medieval Manuscript Books and Documents through Time: Networks of Transmission and Practices of Collecting

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Please send proposals with a one-page abstract and Participant Information Form ( to the organizers, Lynn Ransom ( ) & Alexander Devine ( ) by September 1, 2014.

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