Manuscripts and Digital Humanities: A Colloquium

This mini-colloquium, the last one organized by the NWO-sponsored project “Turning Over a New Leaf”, focuses on current research that studies manuscript books and handwritten text from a digital point of view.

Time: 22 April 2015, 1:00-5:30 pm

Location: Klein Auditorium, Academiegebouw, Rapenburg 73 Leiden

Organizer: Dr. Erik Kwakkel

Sponsor: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek


This mini-colloquium, the last one organized by the NWO-sponsored project “Turning Over a New Leaf”, focuses on current research that studies manuscript books and handwritten text from a digital point of view. The lectures present a palette of methods that incorporate software, showcasing how ‘digitally enhanced’ studies may add to our understanding of parchment and handwritten text, both medieval and post-medieval. At the end of the colloquium the third volume in the series Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Book Culture will be presented: Erik Kwakkel (ed.), Manuscripts of the Latin Classics 800-1200 (Leiden University Press).

Programme (Paper Abstracts below)

1:00-1:10 pm Welcome

1:10-1:55 pm Jacob Thaisen (University of Stavanger, Department of Cultural Studies and Languages), “Two or More Ways of Writing the Same Thing”: The Linguistic Variable in Palaeography

1:55-2:40 pm Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University, LUCAS), The Art and Science of Dating Medieval Script: The Case of the Long Twelfth Century

2:40-3:25 pm Coffee break

3:25-4:10 pm Sarah Fiddyment (University of York, British Academy Research Fellow), Biomolecular Codicology: How Non-Invasive Techniques Can Uncover the Secrets Hidden in Parchment

4:10-5:10 pm Lieftinck Lecture 19: Melissa Terras (University College London, Director Centre for Digital Humanities, Professor of Digital Humanities), Handwritten Text Recognition meets the Crowd: Transcribe Bentham and tranScriptorium

5:15-6:00 pm Drinks and book presentation

This event is free and open to all. The keynote will be delivered by Melissa Terras; read more about her lecture here. Terras' paper is part of the Lieftinck Lectures in Medieval Manuscripts and can also be attended separately from the colloquium. Those who wish to attend the keynote only are invited to join the colloquium guests during the coffee break in the afternoon (2:40-3:25pm). Please RSVP by sending an email to Erik Kwakkel by 17 April.

 
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