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

SIMS Affiliates

Graduate Paleography Group
SIMS supports the Graduate Paleography Group at Penn, graduate students who gather weekly to (attempt to) read a variety of medieval and early modern handwritten texts.

Alexander Devine, Graduate Student Representative to the SIMS Weekly meetings
A medievalist PhD candidate in Penn’s English dept., Alexander is currently writing a dissertation combining book history and bibliography with a focus on 13th-century pocket bibles and their post-medieval uses. When not hunting medieval bibles, he is to be found in Penn’s fantastic new Special Collections Center working for the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, scouring auctioneers’ and booksellers’ catalogs for details of manuscript provenance and transmission. He is an avid nut for all things related to paleography and codicology, co-ordinating Penn’s Graduate Paleography Group, and is very excited for the Group’s new SIMS-affiliation. He is also thoroughly enjoying getting ever-more involved in the digital technologies/ manuscript studies world! @aldevine on Twitter.

Arthur Kiron, Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections
Originally from a small town on the Potomac called Washington, D.C.,  Arthur has strong credentials as an ultimate frisbee player.  In addition, he received his undergraduate degrees in political theory and women’s studies, his graduate training in religious studies and his PhD. in Jewish history.  His involvement in  digital humanities at Penn has been shaped by projects that have demonstrated how digital technologies allow us to search and discover meaningful connections among a global diaspora of Judaica primary sources (Penn/Cambridge Genizah Fragment Project, Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project).

Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
While training as a mortician, he became obsessed with Dostoevsky’s novels and, under the mistaken impression that he would have more time to read at university, applied to Sussex University in England. Peter was an undergraduate, a graduate, and a professor at Sussex, where he directed the graduate program in Renaissance Studies and the faculty/graduate seminar in Critical Theory. For the last fourteen years, he has directed the seminar on the History of Material Texts, and he co-edits the Material Texts series for the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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