Digital Palaeography and Hebrew/Aramaic Scribal Culture

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The Qumran Institute and the Bernoulli Institute of the University of Groningen will be hosting an online international symposium: Digital Paleography and Hebrew/Aramaic Scribal Culture. Dates: 6–8 April 2021. The theme is current digital and non-digital developments in paleography, focusing on two fundamental areas: 1) dating and classifying handwritten historical documents and 2) writer identification. This conference will advance research on these two key goals by bringing together paleographers and computer scientists to discuss the interdisciplinary collaboration between the sciences and the humanities in both current and future research projects.

The conference will highlight current research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and situate these ongoing projects within the broader context of the field of computerized handwriting analysis, including contributions on ancient and medieval Hebrew/Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Coptic, and modern scripts. The ERC Horizon 2020 project The Hands that Wrote the Bible: Digital Palaeography and Scribal Culture of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the NWO/FWO project Models of Textual Communities and Digital Palaeography of the Dead Sea Scrolls will present their interdisciplinary work according to their integrated workflow. We very much look forward to feedback, critical observations, and suggestions from the scholarly community. Scholars from related projects will also give updates on their ongoing work. Confirmed keynote speakers include Peter Stokes, Nachum Derschowitz, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Hussein Mohammed, Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Michael Langlois, James Moore, Jonathan Ben Dov, Eshbal Ratson, and Asaf Gayer.

The organizing committee is inviting proposals for 20-minute thematic research presentations relevant to traditional and/or digital palaeography, especially those that address either writer identification or style development in handwritten historical documents.
LocatieGroningen, NetherlandsToon op kaart