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Programs - History of the Book Workshop

Workshop in the History of Material Texts About the Workshop The workshop in the History of Material Texts will celebrate its 22nd year in 2014-15. Participants (including faculty, librarians, graduate students, booksellers and anyone else interested) come from a very wide range of disciplines; all are welcome to attend. The usual format of the seminar is a presentation of approximately thirty minutes, followed by discussion, based if possible on handouts or other visual materials. Unless noted otherwise, meetings will be held on Mondays at 5:15 in the Class of '78 Pavilion, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming meetings, please sign up for our listserv using this link. For more information, please contact Marie Turner, 2014-15 Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts, at mturn at sas dot upenn dot edu.

 ScheduleFall 2014: Monday, 8 SeptemberAnnette Yoshiko Reed (UPenn, Religious Studies)
"From Didactic List to Long-Duration Literature"

Monday, 15 September           
Eva Del Soldato (UPenn, Romance Languages)
"Printer, Translator, Philosopher, Spy: The World of Antonio Brucioli (1498-1566)" 

Monday, 22 September
Megan Cook (Colby College, English)
"Chaucer’s Genealogies"

Monday, 29 September
Matthew Collins (University of York)
"Manuscripts: The Archaeolozoology of Animal Skin"

Monday, 6 October
Shreve Simpson (UPenn, History of Art)
"Who’s Hiding Here? Artists and their Signatures in Persian Manuscripts of the Early Modern Period"

Monday, 13 October
Lee Humphreys (Cornell University, Communications)
"The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Cataloging of Everyday Life"

Monday, 20 October           
Benjamin Fleming (UPenn, Religious Studies)
"Form vs Function: Aesthetics, Ritual, and Religion in South Asian Manuscript Traditions" 

Monday, 27 October
Josh Calhoun (University of Wisconsin, English)
"Fixing History: Blots, Erasures, and Ecologies of Recordation in Renaissance England" 

Monday, 3 November                       
Kevin Platt (UPenn, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory)
"How to Read Samizdat: The Case of Alexander Nekrich’s 1941 (1965)"

Monday, 10 November
Anne Coldiron (Florida State University, English and History of Text Technologies)
"The Printer, the Translator, the Scribe, and the Slave Girl (Or, the Strange Textual History of England’s First Doxography)"

Monday, 17 November
Charles Rosenberg (Harvard University, History of Science)
"Health in the Classroom: Textbooks on Hygiene & Physiology, 1830-1900" 

Monday, 24 November
No Seminar

Monday, 1 December
Paul Freedman (Yale University, History)
"Restaurant Menus: Text, Rhetoric and Food"

Monday, 8 December
Paul St. Amour (UPenn, English)