Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Reactions: Medieval/Modern, the current exhibition in the Penn Library’s Goldstein Family Gallery, located in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, on the 6th floor of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library. The exhibition can be seen from August 25 through December 16, 2016.
In conjunction with the 9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium (November 17-19, 2016) of the same theme, Reactions: Medieval/Modern explores the many and varied ways that people have reacted to, and acted upon, manuscripts from the Middle Ages up to today. Reactions take many forms. They include the manipulation of physical objects through, for example, the marking up of texts, addition of illustrations, the disbinding books or rebinding fragments, as well as the manipulation of digital objects, thanks to new technologies involved in digitization, ink and parchment analysis, virtual reconstruction, among many other processes. Both the exhibition and symposium will also tackle how popular culture has reacted to manuscripts over time as witnessed by their use and appearance in books, games, and films.