The 2020 BSA Annual Meeting & New Scholars Program
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Schedule of Events
Getting to Convene: Please note that there is no building entrance on Park Avenue. Enter at 466 Lexington Avenue, or review transportation and entry options here.
- 2-3:15pm: Papers by New Scholars
- 3:15-4pm: Coffee break
- 4-4:30pm: Brief business meeting and award presentation
- 4:30-6pm: "Bibliography and Technologies" panel presentation
- 6-7pm: Closing Reception
New Scholars Program
Each year the Society competitively selects three scholars in the early stages of their career to present fifteen-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society. The 2020 New Scholars are:
- Dr. Alison Fraser, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York: Homemade books in Twentieth-Century Poetics: A Feminist Bibliography
- Dr. Elisa Tersigni, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Two Sides of the Same Book: The Creation and Use of Early Modern English Receipt Books
- Matthew Wills, University of San Diego, California, The Paper Crisis and the Scramble for Stability in Mao-Era Publishing
Bibliography and Technologies: Panel Presentation
Bibliographers and book historians have long studied the impact of technology on the production of material texts. In the 21st century, we must also confront the ways that new technologies impact bibliographical research methods and results. This year's annual meeting will explore this very topic with three papers and a formal response from scholars who study and use technologies in meaningful new ways.
How Else Can We Use Our Books?: Technology and Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library by Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
In this talk, Folger Director Michael Witmore will discuss some of the ways in which research collections such as the one at the Folger are being used to explore new bibliographical questions using technology, including the analysis of biological material contained in books and the computational study of their contents. He will discuss the Folger's commitment to "biocodicology" as an emerging field that deals with the biological substrate and history of books. It examines, for example, the genetic diversity of the animals used in the creation of books, and the biological materials that are sometimes deposited in books through use.
Digital Paleography and the Voynich Cipher Manuscript by Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director, The Medieval Academy of America
It can be safely claimed that there is no medieval script that has been seen, analyzed, and debated more than that of the mysterious and as-yet-unread Voynich Manuscript (Beinecke MS 408). Using digital paleographic methodologies such as the DigiPal application and other annotation tools, it is possible to apply the traditional methodologies of Latin paleography to the script and scribes of the Voynich Manuscript. The results of this analysis have intriguing implications for understanding the origins and history of the manuscript as well as providing a roadmap for future linguistic research.
Biblio-Archaeology: Excavating Print and Marginalia at the Digital Crossroads by Earle Havens, Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, and Director of the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance, Johns Hopkins University
The Archaeology of Reading (AOR) digital project gathers dozens of scattered 16th-century imprints that are uniquely valuable for their extensive manuscript marginalia about books and learning, recorded by former owners who were two of the leading book collectors and “serial annotators” of the English Renaissance—Gabriel Harvey and John Dee. This presentation demonstrates how AOR’s technology acts as a bibliographical toolkit for unlocking the scholarly potential of these dense marginalia, enabling the user to organize, transcribe, interpret, and share discoveries with the wider world.
Digital Meets Analog, a response from Haven Hawley, Chair, Special and Area Studies Collections Department, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Emerging scholarship in bibliography shows that digital and analog are not opposed terms or perspectives. Digital technologies can reveal the positionality of books within larger worlds through techniques that may seem highly focused and discrete. Relational understandings regarding the creation of, systems of knowledge within, and construction of order through books allow us to see the codex (and fragments) as an analog form, even as the codex reveals itself as a digital technology.
Image credit: The Voynich Manuscript (Beinecke Ms. 408, page 142). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.