Manuscript Video Orientations

Last month, I recorded video orientations for two of my favourite manuscripts from the Schoenberg Collection at Penn. You can watch these on the Schoenberg Institute’s Youtube channel:

LJS 445 – Prenosticatio

LJS 497 – Canones vel operationes in operando quadrante

These manuscripts are drawn from my upcoming exhibit on medieval astronomy, which will be displayed at the Medieval Academy of America meeting in 2019. I am also building an online version of this exhibit at

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Manuscript Studies Journal

I’m very pleased to be starting as the editorial assistant of Manuscript Studies, the journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn. This biannual journal publishes essays, notes, and book reviews on premodern manuscripts from anywhere in the world.

I will also continue my work on the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, an open-access archive of linked data from manuscript catalogues. If you would like to participate in this project, you can read more about the history of the database, search its records, or sign up for your own account.

Anthropocene and Animal Studies Working Group

This fall, I will begin coordinating the interdisciplinary Anthropocene and Animal Studies Working Group at Penn, along with Nicole Welk-Joerger (Ph.D. candidate, History and Sociology of Science).

In preparation for the coming year, we have drafted a list of meetings and events, accessible on the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) and English websites. We will be reading a number of texts by speakers at the Environments of Modernity conference, which we are helping to organize.

Vagantes Board

After two excellent experiences at the annual conference, I’m delighted to have joined the Vagantes Board of Directors. I have a great deal of respect for the conference and the lively intellectual community it promotes, so I’m looking forward to the next two years, beginning with the 2017 conference at the University of Notre Dame.

If you’d like to find out more about Vagantes, I recently co-produced (and narrated!) this informational video: