Seminar Leader:

Lisa Pon, University of Southern California

On Paper Seminar programming ended in Spring 2023.
Please look for future events from the EMSI Visual and Material Culture Seminar and the USC Collaborations in History, Art, Religion, and Music.

Past Events


Saturday, October 29, 2022
Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library
“Game Kits: Revisiting Interactive Blockbooks and Movable Incunabula”
University of Southern California

Monday, May 8, 2023
Big Paper in Small Pieces: Large Design in the Renaissance
Arnold Nesselrath, Vatican Museums
“On the Functions of Raphael’s Cartoons”
Dario Donetti, Università di Verona
“Using, Storing, and Archiving Renaissance Drawings for New St. Peter’s”
Tracy Cosgriff, College of Wooster


Friday, November 5, 2021
Reading Material: Scrolls, Codices and Other Story Instruments
Emily R Anderson, University of Southern California
Associate Director, USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life
Adam Bregman, University of Southern California
Ph.D. Candidate, Musicology, USC Thornton School of Music
Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California
Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Art, and Education
Erik Loyer, Independent Scholar
Media Artist, Creative Technologist
Hector Reyes, University of Southern California
Associate Professor of Teaching of Art History


Thursday, October 29, 2020
Big Paper in Small Pieces: Thinking as Drawing
Leslie Geddes, Tulane University
Andrea Kantrowitz, SUNY New Paltz
Morgan Ng, University of Cambridge
Nick Sousanis, San Francisco State University

Monday, February 8, 2021
On the Same Page? Paper, Design, and Communication, c 1600-1950
Caroline Fowler, Clark Art Institute
Erin Maynes, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Joseph Monteyne, University of British Columbia
Jennifer A. Greenhill, University of Arkansas School of Art/Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Response: Veronica Peselmann, University of Southern California

Friday, March 5, 2021
Displaying Large Cartoons
Ana Debenedetti, Victoria and Albert Museum
“Re-discovering the Raphael Cartoons at the V&A”
Jane Turner, Rijksmuseum
Gloria Williams, Norton Simon Museum
“Dido and Aeneas: Six Cartoons for Tapestry by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli in the Norton Simon Museum”
Alberto Rocca, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
“Duoi pezzi di cartone per mano di Raffaello’.How the Raphael’s Cartoon arrived to the Ambrosiana”


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Joseph Monteyne, University of British Columbia
“Making and Unmaking the Paper World: Dark Media and Graphic Performance in Late Georgian Britain”
University of Southern California

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Carolyn Yerkes, Princeton University
“Piranesi Works”
University of Southern California

Friday & Saturday, April 17 & 18, 2020
Big Paper: Large Designs in the Renaissance
Cancelled due to Covid

Image: John Taylor, The Needles Excellency, London: Printed for James Boler, 1634, plate 21 (detail verso).