Steve Caruso just blogged about this announcement (which has apparently already gone out on the Hugoye list-serv, but hasn’t reached those of us who get e-mails once a day as a digest):
Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute will hold its First Hugoye Symposium on May 20, 2010 to celebrate the opening of the Beth Mardutho Research Library in Piscataway, NJ. The Symposium papers will focus on libraries in the Syriac tradition, and will be published in Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies
The speakers are:
Keynote Address: Sebastian P. Brock (University of Oxford): Kthobe Mphasqe: Some Examples, Ancient and Modern, from the Libraries of St Catherine’s Monastery Sinai and Dayr al-Suryan.
David Taylor (University of Oxford): Syriac Printing in the 19th and early 20th-Century Middle East: Tool of Western Propaganda or Local Resistance?
Andreas Juckel (Münster University): A Guide to Syriac New Testament Manuscripts and Editions.
Muriel Debie (CNRS, Paris): Cataloging a Syriac MS collection in the Middle East: the Case Study of Charfet.Kristian Heal (Brigham Young University): Corpora, eLibraries and databases: Locating Syriac Studies in the 21st Century.
George A. Kiraz (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute): The Beth Mardutho Research Library: A Modest Beginning.
The Symposium will begin at 10 AM and end at 5 PM. A dinner will follow at a local restaurant (for which there will be a fee for those who choose to participate).
Those who would like to attend the symposium are requested to register with helpdesk [at] gorgiaspress [dot] com (please have the subject line read “Hugoye Symposium Registration”). Please provide your name, affiliation, contact information, whether you request parking, and whether you would like to attend the dinner. Registration is free (donations to Beth Mardutho to support the library are appreciated). Deadline for registration is April 15th, 2010.
Those attending from afar are expected to arrange for their own accommodation. Information can be found at http://www.piscatawaynj.org/hotels.