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The Marriage of Mercury and Philology: Problems and Outcomes in Digital Philology

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General Information

International seminar of Digital Philology

Edinburgh, March 25th – 27th, 2008

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: Cinzia Pusceddu, University of Edinburgh


The conference is organised and hosted by the e-Science Institute, National e-Science Centre, and supported by the University of Edinburgh, the Italian Institute in Edinburgh.

About the seminar

In late Antiquity, at the beginning of a new era, Martianus Cappella wrote his De nuptiis Mercurii et Philologiae in which he proposed a then revolutionary synthesis of technique (Mercury) and culture (Philology). Inspired by Cappella, this conference will explore the interaction between Information and Communication Technology systems and the philological analysis of both ancient and modern manuscripts and printed texts: in other words Digital Philology. The discussions at this conference focus on both the theoretical and practical issues encountered in the creation of digital texts and both critical and genetic editions. The implications for research and teaching will be examined and current projects in the field will be presented. The aim of the conference is to approach these issues from an international perspective, in order to establish collaboration in research and teaching, and to provide new contributions to the field as a result. Workshops will provide a forum for discussing experiences, ideas, issues and new tools related to Digital Philology with students. The conference welcomes both leading scholars and young researchers working on the problems of textual criticism and editorial scholarship in the electronic medium, as well as students, teachers, librarians, archivists, and computing professionals who are interested in representation, access, exchange, management and conservation of texts.

Format of event and target audience

The three-day seminar will consist of nine talks given by speakers renowned in the field of Digital Philology (50 mins each, including a 10 minute question-answer session).

Registration

Registration is through the online registration form

Keynote speakers

The conference aims to encourage international conversations and networking between participants in different projects and countries, and to offer an international perspective on the issues of textual criticism and editorial scholarship in the electronic medium. As the conference is actively promoting a European perspective, speakers will come from different European countries. Keynote speakers will be academic scholars renowned in the field of Digital Philology. The following have confirmed their participation:

  • Peter Robinson, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham, UK;
  • David Robey, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Reading, UK;
  • Andrea Bozzi, Istituto Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Edward Vanhoutte, CTB - Centrum voor Teksteditie en Bronnenstudie, Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, Belgium;
  • Manfred Thaller, University of Cologne, Germany,

Programme


Tuesday 25 March 2008

  • 09:00 - 12:45 Registration Open
  • 12:45 - 13:30 Opening Plenary - Welcome


  • 13:30 - 14:50 Lunch


  • 14:50 - 15:40 Session 1: Tools
  • Chair: Peter Robinson
  • Andrea Bozzi, Istituto Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Pisa, Italy; Andrea Scotti, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, Florence, Italy

“Sharing digital repositories for editorial scholarship of digital texts: the Pinakes 3.0 Open Source project”


  • 15:40 - 16:10 Break


  • 16:10 - 17:00 Session 1: Tools
  • Chair: Andrea Scotti
  • Georg Vogeler, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy; Mirko Gontek, Universität zu Köln, Germany

“The MOM Collaborative Archive”


Wednesday 26 March

  • 09:50 - 10:40 Session 2: Products
  • Chair: David Robey
  • Thomas Lebarbé, Laboratoire LIDILEM, Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3, France

“CLELIA : Building a Manuscript Archive through Inter-disciplinary Dialogue”


  • 10:40 - 11:10 Break


  • 11:10 - 12:50 Session 2: Products
  • Chair: Edward Vanhoutte
  • 1. Federica Pedriali, University of Edinburgh, UK

“The best of products (simple products). Designing and delivering research on the Web. The case of the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies”

  • 2. David Robey, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Reading, UK

“Digital resources in the humanities: sustainability and evidence of value”


  • 12:50 - 14:00 Lunch


  • 14:00 - 15:40 Session 3: Methodologies
  • Chair: Manfred Thaller
  • 1. Federico Meschini, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

“Mercury ain’t what he used to be, but was he ever? Or do electronic scholarly editions have a mercurial attitude?”

  • 2. Edward Vanhoutte, CTB - Centrum voor Teksteditie en Bronnenstudie, Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, Belgium

“Electronic editions of two cultures - with apologies to C.P. Snow”


  • 15:40 - 16:10 Break


  • 16:10 - 17:00 Session 3: Methodologies
  • Chair: Federico Meschini
  • Peter Robinson, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham, UK

“What we have been doing wrong in making digital editions, and how we could do better. ”


  • 19:30 Social Dinner

Thursday 27 March

  • 09:50 - 10:40 Session 3: Methodologies
  • Chair: Cinzia Pusceddu
  • Manfred Thaller, University of Cologne, Germany

“Is it more blessed to give than to receive? On the relationship between Digital Philology, Information Technology and Computer Science”


  • 10:40 - 11:10 Break


  • 11:10 - 12:50 Round table


  • 12:50 - 14:00 Lunch


  • 14:00 - 15:30 Closing Plenary
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