Early Modern Manuscripts Online: New Directions in Teaching and Research

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A program co-sponsored by the Folger Institute and the Early Modern Manuscripts Online project


Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) is an IMLS-funded initiative at the Folger Shakespeare Library that promotes paleography primarily through online transcribing and encoding. EMMO will be the the subject of—and occasion for—a conference about the influence of digital scholarship on manuscript studies as well as the ways in which our understanding of the early modern humanities is changing as a result. In addition to introducing the searchable EMMO corpus of encoded transcriptions (many of them drawn from crowd-sourcing), conference sessions will address emerging scholarly trends, collaborative research projects, new methods of teaching paleography with digital tools, and genre-specific topics.

Please direct any questions to institute@folger.edu.


Unless otherwise specified, all sessions take place in the Folger Board Room

Thursday, 18 May 2017

9:00 a.m.

Coffee and Pastries (Folger Tea Room)


Welcoming Remarks
Heather Wolfe, Folger Curator of Manuscripts and EMMO Principal Investigator
Owen Williams, Assistant Director, Scholarly Programs, Folger Institute


Roundtable: EMMO Progress report
Chair: Owen Williams
Transcribing in "Shakespeare's World" and Dromio: Heather Wolfe and Sarah Powell, EMMO Paleographer
Database Development: Michael Poston, Folger Data Architect, and Paul Dingman, EMMO Project Manager
EMMO’s Place in the Folgersphere: Eric Johnson, Folger Director of Digital Access




Roundtable: EMMO Pedagogical and Research Community
Chair: Paul Dingman
Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) on EMROC
Joshua Eckhardt (Virginia Commonwealth University) on Dromio in the college classroom
Ivan Lupić (Stanford University) on Dromio in the college classroom


Lunch in the Foulke Conference Room (301 East Capitol Street, SE)


Workshops: Breakout Session I
A) Getting Started with Dromio: A tutorial on using Dromio as a transcription environment
Sarah Powell
B) Using Manuscript Metadata: Research possibilities
Mike Poston and Caitlin Rizzo
C) Organizing and Leading a Transcribathon
Paul Dingman


Folger Tea (Folger Tea Room)


Workshops: Breakout Session II
See above for session descriptions


Reports from the floor on breakout sessions


Brews and Brevigraphs (Foulke Conference Room, optional)
Transcription contests; door prizes; pizza and local brews

Friday, 19 May 2017


Call to Order
Owen Williams


Roundtable: Putting Transcriptions to Work I: Texts

Chair: Wendy Hyman

Telling Stories with Accounts
Alison Wiggins (University of Glasgow) and Paul Dingman
Manuscript Arcadia
Joel Davis (Stetson University)
Paper and Water in Early Modern Recipes
Elaine Leong (Max Planck Institute) and Hillary M. Nunn (University of Akron)
Women’s Voices
Victoria Van Hyning (Oxford University, Shakespeare’s World)
Manuscript to Print to Manuscript
Margaret J.M. Ezell (Texas A&M University)


Lunch on your own (suggestions provided in folders)


Roundtable: Putting Transcriptions to Work II: Corpus
Chair: Phillip Palmer
Comparing Print and Manuscript Corpora
Anupam Basu (Washington University in St. Louis)
Semantic Models of EMMO Manuscripts
Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Network Analysis of Manuscript Correspondence
Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary University of London)
Historical Linguistics
Philip Durkin and James McCracken (Oxford University)


Folger Tea


*Fishbowl: EMMO and the Futures of Manuscript Studies
Fish wranglers: Heather Wolfe and Owen Williams
First fish: TBD
  • Drawing on the expertise of both speakers and attendees, Fishbowls are small group discussions in which 5 initial participants face one another in a circle, in the middle of the larger audience. Participants cycle out as audience members join the inner circle to create dialogue across perspectives and different types of research. (Definition lifted from https://arhusynergy.umd.edu/research/digital-humanities)


Closing Reception (Founders' Room, Folger Shakespeare Library)