Alberto Campagnolo, SIMS Research Associate, University of Udine, Italy
Alberto trained as a book conservator at the European Course for Conservators/Restorers of Book Materials (1998-2001) in Spoleto, Italy and has worked in that capacity in various institutions, amongst which the National Museum Wales, Palace Green Library at Durham University, Guildhall Library London, London Metropolitan Archives, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Egypt), and the Vatican Library. He studied Conservation of Library and Archive Materials (2001-2006) at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Italy and then read for an MA in Digital Culture and Technology (2007-2009) at King’s College London. He pursued a PhD (2010-2015) on an automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures at the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts, London). He was a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies (2016-2018) at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), and is now adjunct professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Udine, Italy.
Since 2013, Alberto has been collaborating with Dot Porter on VisColl, a modelling and visualization tool for the gathering structure of books in codex format.
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).
Marrianna Shreve Simpson (Ph.D., Harvard University)
Shreve is an independent scholar of Islamic art, and has published, taught and lectured widely on medieval and early modern Islamic art in general and the arts of the book (especially Persian illustrated manuscripts) in particular. Her professional career has included administrative and curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Art; Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; and Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, as well as numerous visiting professorships throughout the United States. Most recently, she served as Guest Curator at the Princeton University Art Museum, and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of the History of Art (2012-2019). For the past two summers she has taught an intensive course on Islamic manuscripts at the Free Library of Philadelphia, under the auspices of the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. She also serves as part of the advisory group for the Manuscripts of the Muslim World digitization project, based at Penn.
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.