Monday, March 14, 2016

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies Visiting Research Fellowships

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Visiting Research Fellowship program seeks applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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.

Applicants can apply to spend 1, 2, or 3 months at SIMS. Project proposals should demonstrate that the Libraries’ pre-modern manuscript resources are integral to proposed research topics. Recipients will be expected to work on-site at Penn Libraries for the duration of their fellowship, excluding possible short research trips in support of the proposed project to nearby institutions. Proposals with a digital component are encouraged though not required. A total of $15,000 per year will be divided among up to 3 fellows in increments of $5,000 per month. Awards must be used between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Applications are due May 15, 2016. For more information on eligibility and the application process, go to:

For more information on SIMS, go to For more information on the Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, go to On Penn’s pre-modern manuscript holdings in general, go to:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture

(Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp - personal photo from Matt Heintzelman)

Announcement from the Antwerp University Summer School:

Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture 2016
27 June – 1 July 2016
Organized by the Ruusbroec Institute
in cooperation with the University of Antwerp Library

The Summer School 2016 offers an interactive English-spoken training for 12 PhD students and postdocs who intensively use religious texts and visual media as source material for their research.

The Summer School focuses on:

(1) the materiality of manuscripts, hand press books and prints;
(2) the way these sources have been gathered to build collections, and
(3) various methodologies which may be used to analyze these sources

The training will focus on the relationship between the physical object and its metadata, and on "big data analysis" and on other techniques used in the Digital Humanities. Through hands-on sessions in the unique Ruusbroec Institute Library, and visits to three other important Antwerp historic, religious collections, participants will familiarize with religious collections and specific documents.

Lectures by:
Erik Kwakkel (Leiden)
David McKitterick (Cambridge)
Falk Eisermann (Berlin)
Evelyne Verheggen (Nijmegen)
Pierre Delsaerdt (Antwerp)
Hubert Meeus (Antwerp)
Kees Schepers (Antwerp)
Goran Proot (Antwerp and Paris)
Tom Deneire (Antwerp)
Daniël Ermens (Antwerp)

Visits to:
Ruusbroec Institute Library
University of Antwerp Library - Special Collections
Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience
Carolus Borromeus Church

Check the complete program on:

Fee € 150: including lunches, drinks and Summer School dinner

For registration, please send an e-mail to with the following information:
PhD or postdoc?
current research project
short motivation for your registration

The number of participants is limited to 12 PhD students and postdocs. Admittance will be in order of
registration. Master students can register but will only be admitted when the maximum number of participants is not reached. You will receive a confirmation of your admittance before 15 April 2016, which will include further details. For more information, please contact