Speakers Announced for DVMA Spring Meeting! (Hopkins, 4/22)

DVMA Spring 2017 Meeting

Johns Hopkins University

April 22


List of Speakers

Rachel Danford (Loyola University Maryland)

Erica Harman (University of Pennsylvania)—DVMA Paper Prize Winner!

Giancarla Periti (University of Toronto / CASVA)

Erin Rowe (Johns Hopkins University)

Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College)


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Manuscript Skills (Summer Course, Penn, 5/23-6/28)




23rd May – 28th June 2017 (Summer Session 1), T—W—Th 10:00-12:00

Vitale Media Lab, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

This non-credit course will introduce graduate students working in medieval and Renaissance periods to the disciplines of manuscript studies, such as codicology and paleography, and will provide an opportunity for students to analyze manuscripts relevant to their research interests in Penn’s collections.

Students will develop familiarity with digital humanities as applied to manuscript studies and gain confidence in using manuscript catalogs, working in special collections libraries, handling pre-modern manuscripts, and reading manuscript text.

The course instructors are all staff members of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Will Noel, Director; Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services; Nicholas Herman, Curator of Manuscripts; and Amey Hutchins, Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian.

The only requirement for course participation is an interest in working with manuscripts in research. While knowledge of Latin is useful, it is not required. We welcome graduate students, undergraduate students, and library staff from Penn and other local institutions. There is no fee for taking this course, but participants are encouraged to purchase the course textbook, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Clemens & Graham).

The deadline for applying is April 3rd. To confirm your interest in participating in this course, please email Amey Hutchins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., describing any past paleographical experience, knowledge of Latin and other languages, and reasons for wishing to take this course.



Call for Applications: SIMS Visiting Research Fellowship (Penn, due 5/1)

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Visiting Research Fellowship program. Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage.  Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of pre-modern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections.  SIMS also hosts the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts and the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

The SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships have been established to encourage research relating to the pre-modern manuscript collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection.  Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, located near other manuscript-rich research collections (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among many others), and linked to the local and international scholarly communities, SIMS offers fellows a network of resources and opportunities for collaboration. Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.

Applications are due May 1, 2017. More information on eligibility and the application process is available here: https://schoenberginstitute.org/visiting-research-fellowships-2.

For more information on SIMS, go to http://schoenberginstitute.org/. On Penn’s pre-modern manuscript holdings in general, go to: http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren.

Auctoritas: 9th Annual Medievalists@Penn Graduate Conference (Penn, 3/17)

The 9th Annual Medievalists@Penn Graduate Conference

Friday, March 17th

8:30 - 5:30pm

Van Pelt Library - Rm 626/627

Keynote Address - Larry Scanlon - "Nature's Unnatural Authority"

To register please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A detailed schedule will soon be available at medieval-auctoritas.tumblr.com

Our Thanks

The DVMA would like to offer its sincere gratitude to the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the Princeton Index of Christian Art for their continued support of our programs.

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