Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Call for Papers Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age II -

Call for Papers
Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age II -

It is only a year since the Institute of Documentology and Scholarly
Editing (IDE) undertook an initiative entitled "Codicology and
Palaeography in the Digital Age". Yet its first results have already
been written up and published: in July 2009, the anthology
"Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age" was launched at an
international symposium in Munich. Here, experts from all over the
world met as a community to share their knowledge, interests and
concerns regarding digital issues in the various fields of manuscript

The feedback on both the anthology and the conference has been
remarkably positive, not least from experts who are less acquainted
with digital methods. For the first time, widely dispersed,
cutting-edge research in the field of computer-aided codicology and
palaeography can be surveyed and assessed as a whole phenomenon.

Yet, despite the fact that the anthology gives a broad insight into
theory and practice, some relevant subjects and questions have not
been covered. For this reason the IDE plans to publish a second
volume of "Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age". The
following questions in particular should now be addressed:

* To what extent can quantitative approaches and the analysis of
codicological databases be complemented by a systematic analysis of
digital manuscript facsimiles?
* How can manuscript-related research in the history of arts or
in musicology be supported by digital tools and methodology?
* How successfully can methods from the sciences be applied to
the analysis of manuscripts (e.g. DNA analysis of parchment)?
* How can electronic manuscript-catalogues and virtual libraries
be brought together by means of comprehensive portals and hybrid
research environments in order, for example, to facilitate exhaustive
semantic studies?
* How can existing digital tools for palaeographic transcription
be promoted and improved? How can the range of applications be
expanded? How can philological analysis and further use in literary
studies be enhanced?
* How can questions about the history of script be addressed by
digital methods?
* How can digital resources best supplement the originals, in
the context of restoration and preservation? How can archives,
libraries and museums take advantage of the opportunities, for public
* To what extent are software-generated answers to codicological
and palaeographic questions sustainable, verifiable and reliable?

Contributions which explore these and similar subjects (cf. previous
CfP) are most welcome and can be submitted in English, French, German
or Italian. Again, the launch of the volume will be accompanied by an
international symposium. Proposals of not more than 500 words should
be sent by 30 November 2009 to kpdz-ii@ide.de or any of the editors
listed below.


* Franz Fischer (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin), f.fischer@ria.ie
* Christiane Fritze (Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and
Humanities), fritze@bbaw.de
* Georg Vogeler (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich),
* Patrick Sahle (University of Cologne, Cologne Center for
eHumanities), sahle@uni-koeln.de
* Torsten Schaßan (Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel), schassan@hab.de
* Malte Rehbein (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg),
* Bernhard Assmann (Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Cologne), as@ba.tuxomania.net


30. November 2009: Abstract Submission Deadline
30. April 2010: Paper Submission Deadline

Kind regards,

-- Christiane Fritze
The German Text Archive
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Jaegerstr. 22/23
10117 Berlin

phone: +49 (0)30 20370 523
email: fritze (at) bbaw (dot) de

IDE: http://www.i-d-e.de

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