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


Manuscript Studies
A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Manuscript Studies is a new journal that embraces the full complexity of global manuscript studies in the digital age. It has been conceived with four main goals in mind. First, to bridge the gaps between material and digital manuscript research; second, to break down the walls which often separate print and digital publication and serve as barriers between academics, professionals in the cultural heritage field, and citizen scholars; third, to serve as a forum for scholarship encompassing many pre-modern manuscripts cultures—not just those of Europe; and finally to showcase methods and techniques of analysis in manuscript studies that can be applied across different subject areas.

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Call for Papers for the Journal
We are seeking submissions for our journal, Manuscript Studies, for 2017 and beyond. The journal is open to contributions that rely on both traditional methodologies of manuscript study and those that explore the potential of new ones. Submissions should engage in a larger conversation on manuscript culture and its continued relevance in today’s world and highlight the value of manuscript evidence in understanding our shared cultural and intellectual heritage. Studies that incorporate digital methodologies to further understanding of the physical and conceptual structures of the manuscript book are encouraged. A separate section, entitled Annotations, features research in progress and digital project reports. Book, digital project, and exhibition reviews will also be included.

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Taxonomies of Knowledge
Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts
Edited by Emily Steiner and Lynn Ransom
The essays in Taxonomies of Knowledge examine how medieval manuscripts functioned taxonomically, as systems through which knowledge was organized, classified, and used. From the place of the medieval library in manuscript culture to the rise and fall of the twelfth-century commentary tradition, from the employment of maps and diagrams to the complexities of devotional practice, and from the role of poetics in manuscript design to the organization and use of encyclopedias and lexicons, the contributors argue that how information was presented was nearly as important as the information itself. By exploring the relationship between medieval knowledge and its transmission, the volume sheds lights on how the past shapes our understanding of information culture today.
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From Mulberry Leaves to Silk Scrolls
New Approaches to the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions
Edited by Justin Thomas McDaniel and Lynn Ransom

Asian manuscripts, as the contributors to From Mulberry Leaves to Silk Scrolls demonstrate, contain much more than the semantic meaning of the words they reproduce. The ten essays collected here look closely at a wide variety of manuscript traditions with a special focus on both their history and the ways in they can be studied through digital technology to make the cataloguing, comparative analysis, and aesthetic appreciation of them more accessible to scholars and students.

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Transformation of Knowledge: Early Manuscripts from the Collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg
A catalog,with color plates and descriptions, of the manuscripts in the Schoenberg collection. Text written by Lawrence J. Schoenberg, edited by Crofton black, with a preface by Christopher DeHamel. 160 pages, paperback. For more information and to order,

Checklist of Manuscripts in the Lawrence J. Schoenberg collection
This handlist (PDF format) provides quick reference to all of the manuscripts in the Schoenberg Collection. Each item is listed with its LJS number. Items marked with an * appear in the exhibition A Legacy Inscribed: The Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts.

Reactions: Medieval/Modern
Catalog from the 2016 exhibition curated by Dot Porter. 108 pages, paperback. For more information and to order,