History of Material Texts

This week, I am beginning my tenure as the Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania’s Workshop in the History of Material Texts. The Workshop dates back to the early 1990s, but we’re beginning the 2021–22 season with a few modern touches, such as a new hybrid setup. I will be presenting my own work in April 2022. For the next semester’s schedule, visit the Workshop website, and for a growing archive of recorded talks, see our Youtube channel.

Coding Codices Podcast

I’m excited to announce the launch of Coding Codices, a podcast on digital approaches to medieval studies, which I am co-producing with other members of the Digital Medievalist Postgraduate Committee. New episodes will be released on the first Friday of every month.

For more information and a list of episodes, visit We’ve also recorded a special episode for new listeners:

Coding Codices is the second podcast I’ve worked on during the past year. In the spring of 2020, I produced Northern Elements, a three-part documentary series about the natural materials of Canada. To listen, visit

Science/Fiction Course in Penn Omnia

My Junior Research Seminar, “Science/Fiction,” was featured in a recent Penn Omnia article by Lauren Rebecca Thacker. We chatted about the structure and content of the course, which examines the relationships between literature and science at multiple points in history, as well as the challenges of shifting to remote instruction. You can read the interview at

Ole Worm’s Cabinet of Curiosities, from the “Museum Wormianum” catalogue (Wikimedia Commons)

Digital Edition of LJS 445

I’m very pleased to announce that my digital edition of an astronomical anthology at the University of Pennsylvania is now live at Features of this site include a collation visualization, sidebar annotations, and a series of curated “tour stops” highlighting the unusual characteristics of this deceptively unassuming manuscript.

This edition uses the Manicule web application, and was produced in collaboration with Whitney Trettien. To access its documentation or download the edition, visit

Cygnus from LJS 445
An image of the constellation Cygnus from fol. 179v of LJS 445.

PennSound Podcast: New Writing Through the Anthropocene

I recently appeared on an ecopoetry-focused episode of the PennSound Podcast Series, alongside Julia Bloch, Director of the Creative Writing Program; visiting poets Allison Cobb and Brian Teare; and fellow PhD student Knar Gavin. The episode, “New Writing Through the Anthropocene,” is available on the Jacket2 blog.

For a recording of Cobb and Teare’s reading at the Kelly Writers House the same night, see this KWH-TV video

Curations for The Pulter Project

My curations for Hester Pulter’s poem “Universal Dissolution” are now available on the Pulter Project website. These short essays showcase secondary materials that offer context for Pulter’s poetry, from sea monsters and unicorns to early modern celestial cartography.

The Pulter Project is a wonderful initiative bringing wider recognition to a deserving seventeenth-century poet, and is well worth a close look.

Conrad Gessner, Historia animalium liber IV: qui est De piscium & aquatilium animantium natura: cum iconibus singulorum ad viuum expressis ferèe omnibus DCCXII, 2nd ed. (Frankfurt: Andreas Cambier, 1604), p. 119. Biodiversity Heritage Library, Public Domain.

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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