The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn brings manuscript culture, modern technology and people together.

7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

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November 6-8, 2014
Collecting Histories

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year’s symposium highlights the work of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts by bringing together scholars and digital humanists whose work concerns the study of provenance and the history of collecting pre-modern manuscripts. The life of a manuscript book only just begins when the scribe lays down his pen. What happens from that moment to the present day can reveal a wealth of information about readership and reception across time, about the values of societies, institutions, and individuals who create, conserve, and disperse manuscript collections for a variety of reasons, and about the changing role of manuscripts across time, from simple vehicles of textual transmission to revered objects of collectors’ desires.  The study of provenance is the study of the histories of the book.

For more information and to register online, go to

 http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium7.html

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