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Humanist Archives: April 29, 2023, 6:27 a.m. Humanist 36.559 - events cfp: Perceptions of writing in papyri

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 559.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2023-04-28 13:10:22+00:00
        From: Claire Clivaz <>
        Subject: CfP Perceptions of Writing in Papyri: deadline 30.05.23

Dear Humanist colleagues,

Deadline for submitting abstracts to the online conference Perceptions of
Writing in Papyri. Crossing Close and Distant Readings (7-8 December) has been
extended to May 30.
We are looking forward to reading you.

Kind greetings,
Claire Clivaz and Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello, Lausanne and Basel (CH)

Call for Papers (online version<>)

 Argument: This online conference will analyze how digital culture has changed
the perceptions of writing styles in papyri. Studies conducted by modern
scholars have always been the main way of evaluating papyri, determining their
dates and content. From the beginning of the century, the clearly subjective
nature of this research has been highlighted by scholars such as Kim Haines-
Eitzen in Guardians of Letters (2000) and Brent Nongbri in God’s Library (2018).

We will evaluate the current ways scholars view the aesthetics of papyri in a
world where close and distant readings are intersecting more every day. A large
part of ancient scholarship successfully used the traditional close read,
whereas today, a small group of newer scholars have integrated computer analysis
into their research. The following questions will be addressed: To what extent
is computer analysis of quantitative data bringing objectivity into the study of
writing styles in papyri? What are the potential limits or biases of computer
analysis? Does this confirm insights from the past, or to the contrary, does
this change our evaluation of dates, content, and genre implications within
papyri studies? We will review these questions considering the various fields
currently working with papyri in different languages. Papers of the conference
will be proposed to the OJS journal Pylon. Editions and Studies of Ancient

Please submit paper proposals of ca. 300 words by the 30th of May 2023 to<> and i.marthot-<>

Guests Speakers (alphabetical order):

-        Garrick Allen and Kelsie Rodenbiker, University of Glasgow
-        Roxanne Bélanger Sarrazin, University of Oslo
-        Claire Clivaz, DH+, SIB, Lausanne
-        Jean-Luc Fournet, Collège de France, Paris
-        Pedro Garcia-Baro and Olga Serbaeva Saraogi, Universities of Zurich and
-        Nesina Grütter, University of Fribourg
-        Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello, University of Basel
-        Pasquale Orsini, Ministry of Culture, Central Institute for Archives,
-        Mladen Popovic, University of Groningen
-        Dominique Stutzmann, IRHT, Paris and Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
-        Marja Vierros, University of Helsinki

Claire Clivaz
Head of DH+
SIB | Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Amphipole 183 - Quartier Sorge, Dorigny – CH-1015 Lausanne
t +41 21 692 40 60<tel:+41216924060><>

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