1st Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age October 24-25, 2008
In partnership with the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science (PACHS) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Libraries, and the Department of the History and Sociology of Science are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.
This year’s symposium examines scientific manuscript book production in Western Europe, Asia, and the Arabic world before the year 1600. It consists of two events: a public lecture hosted by PACHS and the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Friday, October 24, and a day-long symposium hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Penn on Saturday, October 25.
Public Lecture: Friday, October 24, 6:00 pm Archimedes in Bits: The Digital Presentation of a Write-Off
William G. Noel, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project, will speak on the trials, tribulations, successes, and surprises in the decade-long project to retrieve the lost texts of Archimedes, the ancient Greek mathematician, from a 13th-century Greek prayer book.
The lecture will be held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://www.pachs.net/events/archive/archimedes/
Symposium: Saturday, October 25 On the Nature of Things: Modern Perspectives on Scientific Manuscripts
Six scholars will present papers on various topics from medieval astronomy, alchemy, chiromancy, scientific writing in the Near East, and the influence of Arabic scientific manuscript production on the medieval West. The symposium will conclude with a panel of digital humanities scholars who will discuss the role of new technologies in advancing our understanding of this period in the history of science.
The symposium will be held in the Rosenwald Gallery, on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and will include an exhibition of scientific manuscripts selected from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Schoenberg Collection.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Registration by October 19, 2008 at http://www.pachs.net/registration/schoenberg
For schedule and program details, see http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium1_program.html
Alejandro García Avilés, Universidad de Murcía Gerhard Brey, Center for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College, London Charles Burnett, The Warburg Institute Marilyn Deegan, Center for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College, London Gabriele Ferrario, Independent Scholar, Milan, Italy Menso Folkerts, Institute for the History of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Monica Green, Arizona State University Kim Plofker, Union College Dot Porter, Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish Academy Michael Solomon, University of Pennsylvania James Walsh, Indiana University Dominik Wujastyk, University College, London
contact information: Babak Ashrafi Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science 431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 267.386-3487 www.pachs.net