Symposium

Please join us at the “Textual Science and the Future of the Past” Manuscript Symposium.

All events are free, and most are open to the public.

Please note that workshops are only open to UM students who must reserve their spots.

PUBLIC LECTURES
Monday, October 27, in Overby Auditorium, 7PM
Mike Phelps, Early Manuscript Electronic Library
“Recovering Lost Texts in the Sinai: palimpsest manuscripts at St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai”
Tuesday, October 28, in Overby Auditorium, 7PM
Dr. Maddalena Signorini, University of Rome,
“Petrarch’s Library”
UNDERGRADUATE WORKSHOPS
Monday, October 27: Dr. Maddalena Signorini
3:30-5 PM in the Faulkner Room, 3rd floor of J. D. Williams Library
Tuesday, October 28: Mike Phelps
3:30-5:00 PM in 106D, 1st floor of J. D. Williams Library 
Seating is limited. Please sign up by Wednesday, October 22
GRADUATE WORKSHOPS
Wednesday, October 29: Mike Phelps
3:00-5:00 PM in 106D, 1st floor of J. D. Williams Library
Thursday, October 30: Dr. Maddalena Signorini
3:00-5:00 in the Lawrence Room, 3rd floor of J. D. Williams Library
Seating is limited. Please sign up by Wednesday, October 22
PUBLIC RECEPTIONS: Meet your Medievalists!
Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28
5:15-6:45 in the Barnard Observatory
UM’s medieval faculty and the symposium’s guest scholars, Maddalena Signorini and Michael Phelps, will be happy to chat while noshing.
Light dinner fare and snacks will be served.
Symposium’s Invited Guests:

Dr. Maddalena Signorini. Graduated in Latin Palaeography at the University of Rome «La Sapienza» (1985); PhD in Greek and Latin Palaeography (University of Rome «La Sapienza», 1994); specialized as ‘Manuscript Book-keeper’ at the Scuola Speciale per Archivisti e Bibliotecari of the Università di Roma «La Sapienza» (1994); post-doctoral fellowship (1995-1996); researcher of Latin Palaeography (M-Sto/09) at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (2000-2006); associate professor in the same university since 2006.

She has taught at the School of the State Archive of Parma (1998-2003) and at the School of Biblioteconomy of the Vatican Library (2010/2011); she has directed the Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Palaeography in Los Angeles (The Getty Research Institute, 2007 and 2009) and in Chicago (The Newberry Library, 2011).

Member of the college board of the Greek and Latin Palaeography PhD program of the University of Rome «La Sapienza»; member of the Italian Association of Palaeographers and Diplomatists (since 1995); member of the Roman Philological Society (since 2006); member of the directive committee of “Studj Romanzi”.

Her main research interests focus on literacy, on the strategies in writing the vernaculars, and, more broadly, on the production, the spread, and the preservation of vernacular texts. Special attention has been recently given to the manuscripts owned by Petrarch, and to his library, as well to the one that belonged to Giovanni Boccaccio.

Michael Phelps is the Executive Director of the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL), known for its use of 21st-century technology to recover manuscripts thought to be “irreparably damaged.” Mike’s current work includes the Sinai Palimpsests Project, a five-year project using multi-spectral imaging to recover erased texts from palimpsests at St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt.  St. Catherine’s Monastery holds the world’s oldest continually operating library, and it preserves 136 known palimpsests.  The palimpsests contain erased texts in 10 languages, which date from the late 4th through the 12th century.  Only three of the 136 known palimpsests in Sinai had been extensively studied and published before our project.  A group of 22 participating scholars with expertise in the relevant languages are just now beginning to identify the erased texts that the project is recovering.