November 16-17, 2012.
Taxonomies of Knowledge
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.
Participants include:Katharine Breen (Northwestern University), Mary Franklin-Brown (University of Minnesota), Vincent Gillespie (University of Oxford), Alfred Hiatt (Queen Mary, University of London), William Noel (University of Pennsylvania), Eric Ramirez-Weaver (University of Virginia), Lesley Smith (University of Oxford), Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania), Emily Steiner (University of Pennsylvania), Sergei Tourkin (McGill University), Joanna Weinburg (University of Oxford).