In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's symposium considers the role of the manuscript in organizing and classifying knowledge. Like today's electronic databases, the medieval manuscript helped readers access, process, and analyze the information contained within the covers of a book. The papers presented at this symposium will examine this aspect of the manuscript book through a variety of topics, including the place of the medieval library in manuscript culture, the rise and fall of the 12th-century commentary tradition, diagrams, devotional practice, poetics, and the organization and use of encyclopedias and lexicons.The symposium begins Friday evening at the Free Library of Philadelphia with a keynote address by William Noel, the newly appointed Director of the Special Collections Center and the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and moves to the Penn campus on Saturday.
Special exhibitions of manuscripts will be on view at both institutions.
Katharine Breen, Northwestern University
Mary Franklin-Brown, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Vincent Gillespie, University of Oxford
Alfred Hiatt, Queen Mary, University of London
William Noel, University of Pennsylvania
Sara S. Poor, Princeton University
Eric Ramirez-Weaver, University of Virginia
Yossef Schwartz, Tel Aviv University & The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Sergei Tourkin, McGill University
For program and abstracts, see: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium5_program.html.