Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Call for Papers: Society for Textual Scholarship

re-posted from SHARP-L


The Society for Textual Scholarship

International Interdisciplinary Conference

31 May - ­ 2 June 2012

The University of Texas at Austin

Program Chairs: Coleman Hutchison & Matt Cohen, The University of Texas at Austin


George Bornstein, The University of Michigan

Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University

Phillip H. Round, The University of Iowa

Deadline for Proposals: January 2, 2012

This conference will bring the Society for Textual Scholarship to a campus with internationally significant archival holdings, in one of the most interesting cities in the United States. A number of on-campus resources--the Harry Ransom Center, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Benson Latin American Collection, among others--and the vast multicultural attractions of Texas¹s capital city and technology hub make this an exciting venue for the meeting.

The Program Chairs invite a broad set of proposals on the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical analysis, editing, annotation, and mark-up of texts in disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, the history of science and technology, computer science, library and information science, archives, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, new media studies, game studies, theater, linguistics, women¹s studies, race and ethnicity studies, indigenous studies, and textual and literary theory.

Given the local context of the conference, we especially encourage submissions dealing with issues of race, ethnicity, cross-cultural textual questions, and translation--issues reflected in our choice of keynote speakers. As always, the conference is particularly open to considerations of the role of digital tools and technologies in textual theory and practice. Papers addressing aspects of archival theory and practice as they pertain to textual criticism and scholarly editing are also most welcome.

Submissions may take one of the following forms:

1. Papers. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. They should offer the promise of substantial critical or analytical insight. Papers that are primarily reports or demonstrations of tools or projects are discouraged.

2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four or five roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate between the panel and audience following brief opening remarks.

3. Workshops. Workshops should pose a specific problem, tool, or skill set for which the workshop leader will provide expert guidance and instruction. Examples might include an introduction to forensic computing or paleography. Workshop leaders should be prepared to offer well-defined learning outcomes for attendees, and describe them in the proposal. Proposals that are accepted will be announced on the conference website and attendees will be required to enroll with the workshop leader(s). NB: All workshops will be scheduled for Thursday, 31 May 2012.

Proposals for all formats should include a title; abstract of the proposed paper, panel, seminar, or workshop (500 words maximum); and the name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation for each participant. Workshop proposals in particular should take care to articulate the imagined audience and any expectations of prior knowledge or preparation.

***All proposals should indicate what, if any, technological support will be required.***

*NB: We have secured on-campus housing for the conference at the rate of $70 per night. Conference participants who wish to arrive early and/or stay late--perhaps to take advantage of UT's vaunted archival resources or Austin's music scene--are welcome to do so.*

Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically to:

Professor Coleman Hutchison


Additional contact information:

Department of English

1 University Station B5000

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX 78712

Phone: (512) 471-8372

Fax: (512) 471-4909 (marked clearly to Coleman Hutchison's attention)

All participants in the 2012 STS conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, please contact Secretary Meg Roland at or visit the Indiana University Press Journals website and follow the links to the Society for Textual Scholarship membership page: .

For conference updates and information, see the STS website at .

Call for Papers Association of Jewish Libraries 2012 Annual Convention

reposted from H-Judaic:

From: Rachel Leket-Mor

Subject: Call for Papers Association of Jewish Libraries 2012 Annual Convention

Association of Jewish Libraries
Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections Division Call for Papers, 2012 Annual Convention

The Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections Division (RAS) = of the Association of Jewish Libraries is soliciting paper proposals for = AJL's 47th Annual Convention in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, = California. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors and = others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, = Jewish literacy, and related topics.

We solicit paper proposals on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it = is practiced in research libraries, archives, museums, and special = collections. Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited =

* Future of libraries in the context of Jewish Studies;
* Technological developments and tools used in higher education =
libraries, such as cloud computing, academic social networks, or e-book = platforms;
* Special and rare collections;
* A special theme this year is Jewish life in Los Angeles: we welcome =
presentations about local institutions, libraries, archives and museums, = as well as programs celebrating Jews in Hollywood, the history of the = Jewish community in California or the Israeli community in Los Angeles.
* Collection development practices and policies, patron-driven =
acquisitions, and the print book culture;
* Best practices for library operations such as licensing, copyright, =
cataloging and processing of print, electronic and non-text materials;
* Best practices for user-oriented library services such as =
interlibrary loan, virtual reference, or teaching information literacy;
* Collaborative programs among AJL libraries or chapters;
* Round table discussions are welcome.
Submissions should include the following: presenter's name, address, = affiliation, telephone and email contacts; brief biography; title of = proposed presentation; summary of proposal; and specific technology or = equipment requirements, if any.

All submissions must be received by December 31, 2011. Please submit proposals by email to: ajl2012la [at] gmail [dot] com,or by mail to:

Sharon Benamou
UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center
11020 Kinross Ave.
Box 957230
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7230

Rahcel Leket-Mor
President, Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections = Division (RAS) Association of Jewish Libraries =

JOB: Judaica and Hebraica Cataloger (contract), University of Maryland Libraries

reposted from H-Judaic:

Subject: JOB: Judaica and Hebraica Cataloger (contract), University of Maryland Libraries

The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking a Judaica and Hebraica = Cataloger (contract). Reporting to the the General Resources Cataloging = Unit Head the Judaica and Hebraica Cataloger is responsible for = performing original and complex copy cataloging of Jewish and Israel = Studies materials, in Hebrew or Yiddish, as well as in English and other = languages, and in all formats. Catalogs using relevant national, = University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) and = local standards in both a consortial database and OCLC. Trains and = supervises student assistant(s) direct reports.


=B7 High School Diploma or equivalent

=B7 Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Hebrew =
language; familiarity with Hebrew romanization system; in-depth = knowledge of history, literature and other aspects of Jewish culture, = including rabbinics; knowledge of Yiddish desirable.

=B7 Minimum of three years of relevant experience in libraries =
with a minimum of two years of copy cataloging and /or database = maintenance experience in an academic, research, or special library in = one or more of the following areas: monographs cataloging, serials = cataloging, or authority control.

=B7 Knowledge of and proficiency with automated library systems, =
AACR2, RDA, LCPSs, LCRIs, LC classification, LCSH and MARC 21 formats, = and OCLC Connexion.

=B7 Must be able to manage a broad variety of tasks in response =
to shifting priorities and changing constraints.

=B7 Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to work both =
independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment and to = interact effectively with a broad variety of staff within and outside of = Technical Services; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgably and = personably, orally and in writing, with all persons potentially affected = by the scope of the work.

This is a contractual appointment

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at = https://jobs.umd.edu. No relocation assistance will be provided. You = must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of = Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An = application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of = advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

The position is open until filled. Application review will begin on = Dec. 7, 2011.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a = policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate = against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, = sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or = national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political = affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.=20

Website: https://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=3D55879

November 30 at UPenn: Discussion of Talya Fishman's new book

Penn's Jewish Studies Program and Religious Studies Department host a panel book discussion of Talya Fishman's new book: "Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Culture" -- Wed. Nov 30

WHO: David B. Ruderman (Penn), Harvey E. Goldberg (Hebrew University), Ephraim Kanarfogel (Yeshiva University), Joseph E. Lowry (Penn), Talya Fishman (Penn)

WHAT: Book Discussion "Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Culture"

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Reception to follow.

WHERE: Class of '55 Room (2nd floor), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street. Please bring a photo I.D. to enter library.

In her new book, Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Cultures, Professor Talya Fishman reconstructs evidence of the Babylonian Talmud’s transformation from an oral corpus to a written one, and explores the impact of this shift on many dimensions of Jewish society and culture.

Questions? Email jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu or call 215-898-6654

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Article in Book History

Eva Mroczek, "Thinking Digitally About the Dead Sea Scrolls: Book History Before and Beyond the Book," Book History 14 (2011).

available by subscription:

Today, 5 pm: David Stern in the History of the Book Seminar at Harvard

Tuesday, November 15, 5:00 pm. History of the Book (Humanities Center Seminar) presents:
“The Monk's Haggadah: The Story of a Remarkable Manuscript and the Story of its Discovery.”
David Stern (University of Pennsylvania and Radcliffe Institute)
Barker Center, Room 133, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fellowships at Columbia University Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Area Studies Collections.

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2012. Awards will be made by April 1, 2012 for research at Columbia during the period July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.

See http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/spcol/research_awards.html
Pamela Graham, Distinctive Collections Group Columbia University Libraries
Email: libawards@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Visit the website at http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/spcol/research_awards.html

UPDATE: And Michelle Chesner, librarian for Hebraica and Judaica at Colubmia, invites potential applicants who want to work with Columbia's large collection of Hebrew manuscipts to contact her directly: mc3395@columbia.edu; 212-854-8046

DVD's of Lehmann Workshop Available

Announcing DVD's are available for the The Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book:

2011 Topic: "Collectors and Collections: Hebrew Manuscripts and Incunabula in Russia"
Speaker: Shimon Iakerson, Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Russian Museum of Ethnography.
(manned camera and enhanced audio to hear both speaker and participants)
6-DVD set $140

2010 Lehmann Workshop on "The Jewish Book In and Around Amsterdam"
Speaker: Emile Schrijver, University of Amsterdam
(manned camera and enhanced audio to hear both speaker and participants)
6-DVD set $140

2009 Lehmann Workshop on "The Traditional Eastern European Jewish Book, 1500-1900"
Speaker: Moshe Rosman, Bar Ilan University
(manned camera and enhanced audio to hear both speaker and participants)
6-DVD set $140

2008 Lehmann Workshop on "From Manuscript to Print: Reading Colophons, Title Pages, and Other Paratexts"
Speaker: Menachem Schmelzer, Jewish Theological Seminary.
(manned camera and enhanced audio to hear both speaker and participants)
6-DVD set $140

2007 Lehmann Workshop on "Genizah Texts and the Expansion of Jewish Literacy"
Speaker: Stefan Reif, University of Cambridge
(manned camera)
6-DVD set $130

2006 Lehmann Workshop on "Chapters in the Early History of Hebrew Printing in the Ottoman Empire and The Early Yiddish Book"
Speakers: Joseph Hacker, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Shlomo Berger, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
(manned camera)
6-DVD set $130

2005 Lehmann Workshop on "Jewish Book Art and Illumination"
Speaker: Sarit Shalev Eyni, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(manned camera)
6-DVD set $130

2004 Lehmann Workshop on "Hebrew Printing 1470 to 1750"
Speaker: Mordecai Glatzer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(unmanned camera)
6-DVD set $100

2003 Lehmann Workshop on "Early Hebrew Printing"
Speaker: Mordecai Glatzer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(unmanned camera)
6-DVD set $100

Order by contacting Chrissy at 215-898-6654 or chwalsh@sas.upenn.edu. Price includes shipping. Speaker handouts are included. Please make checks or money orders out to: Walsh Video.

Christine Walsh
Administrative Coordinator
Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Tel 215-898-6654
Fax 215-573-6026

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book: Katrin Kogman-Appel

The Twelfth Annual Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book
The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Library and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce the twelfth annual Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop to be held on May 20-21, (Sunday-Monday), 2012, at the Katz Center. The topic is Jewish Book Art in the Late Middle Ages. This year's workshop will be led by Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel, the Evelyn Metz Memorial Research Chair at the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, and one of the world's foremost historians of Jewish art. She has published four major books and numerous articles on virtually every aspect of medieval Jewish art in both Ashkenaz and Sefarad. This spring Harvard University Press will publish her newest book, A Mahzor from Worms: Art and Religion in a Medieval Jewish Community.
The workshop will be devoted to Hebrew illuminated manuscripts of the fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries and to the ways in which current methods in art history and related fields can be fruitfully applied to them. Among the subjects to be treated will be issues of patronage, function, historical context, reception, mediality and visuality, and cultural interaction. Specific sessions will focus on the illustration programs of Ashkenazi Mahzorim; the Sephardic Bible within the framework of Judeo-Arabic culture; the Sephardic Haggadot with particular stress on cultural exchange and patronage; Jewish-Christian collaborations in late medieval manuscript workshops; and strategies employed by Ashkenazi book producers like the fifteenth century scribe-artist Joel ben Simeon to make the haggadah accessible to wide audiences from different social strata. The final session will deal with the persistence of manuscript culture after the invention of the printing press with a discussion of the work of some early modern printers.
No art historical background is expected and some basics of visual analysis will be taught. Iconographic method implies the study of text, and since not all texts to be discussed exist in English translation, participants should be able to read Hebrew.
The workshop is open to professors and independent scholars, professional librarians in the field of Jewish and related studies, and graduate students in Jewish Studies. Attendance at previous workshops is not a prerequisite for admission.
For faculty and professionals, tuition is $250. In addition to attendance and all materials for the workshop, the tuition includes two or three nights in a hotel (double-occupancy) for the nights of May 19 and 20 (with the option of May 19), and all meals and refreshments (all kosher) during the course of the workshop.
Graduate students may apply for a full scholarship to the workshop. To apply for the scholarship, a graduate student should write us giving the details of his or her academic program and a brief statement explaining how the workshop will further his or her academic studies. S/he should also ask a faculty advisor to write us a letter of recommendation on the student's behalf.
Attendance is limited.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please notify us immediately. Full payment must be received by March 1, 2012. Make checks payable to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. A registration form is available at: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jwst/registrationLW2012.pdf
Please address all correspondence to:
Please address all correspondence to:
Lehmann Workshop
c/o Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
The Manfred R. Lehmann Memorial Master Workshop in the History of the Jewish Book has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Manfred and Anne Lehmann Foundation along with grants from Mr. Albert Friedberg, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Andrew H. Cohn, Esq. C'66, and the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation