Friday, October 9, 2020

 The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of

Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 13th Annual (Virtual)
Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age:

*Manuscript Studies in the Digital Covid-19 Age*

November 18-20, 2020

 In the early spring of 2020, as the world shut down, scholarship and
teaching were thrown into a virtual, online world. In the hands-on world of
manuscripts studies, students, teachers, researchers, librarians, and
curators lost physical access to the very objects upon which their work
centered. But we were ready. Thanks to world-wide digitization efforts over
the past twenty years, scholars at all levels and around the world have, by
all counts, virtual access to more manuscripts and manuscript-related
metadata than even a generation ago and are benefited by a broad array of
digital tools, technologies, and resources that allow them to locate,
gather, analyze, and interrogate digitized manuscripts and related metadata.

But in a Covid-19 Age, have these resources and tools been enough to
continue manuscript research and study? Has scholarship and teaching been
supported by these resources and tools in the ways that those who created
them intended? Has access to these artifacts of our shared intellectual
heritage become more open and equitable or are there still hurdles for
scholarship around the world to overcome?  Has a forced reckoning with
digital tools, technologies, and resources spurred new questions or avenues
of research or thrown up barriers? As creators and users of digital tools,
technologies, and resources, have we learned anything since March about the
success or failure of such projects? We will consider these questions and
the opportunities and limitations offered by digital images and
manuscript-related metadata as well as the digit al and conceptual
interfaces that come between the data and us as users. Our goal is to offer
a (virtual) space to discuss lessons learned since March and how those
lessons can push us to better practice and development of strategies in the

The symposium will take Wednesday, November 18 to Friday, November 20. Each
day will consist of a 90-minute session with papers in the morning,
followed by a 90-minute panel discussion led by invited moderators in the
afternoon.  All sessions will be recorded and made available after each

Two events will be held conjunction with the symposium:

   - *Scholarly Editing Covid19-Style*: Laura Morreale will lead a 3-day
   crowd-sourcing effort to transcribe, edit, and submit for publication an
   edition of *Le Pelerinage de Damoiselle Sapience*, fr om UPenn MS Codex
   660 <> (f.

   - *Virtual Lightning Round*: Pre-recorded 5-minute lightning round talks
   featuring digital projects at all stages of development, from ideas to
   implementation. Want to feature your digital project? *Submit your
   proposal here <> by Friday,
   October 28, to be considered**.*

*For program information and to register, go
Registration is free and open to the public but required. *A Zoom link for
all three days will be provided upon regi stration.

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