Easy Tools for Difficult Texts: Manuscripts & Textual Tradition.

ISCH COST Action IS1005
Medieval Europe – Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources, Working Group 2,
Manuscripts and textual tradition,
Huygens ING, Den Haag, Netherlands,
18 – 19 Apr 2013.
* Call for Papers *
Closing date for poroposals: 15th February 2013
Medieval manuscripts and codices are notoriously difficult to convince to become well behaved inhabitants of the digital scholarly ecosystem. Meanwhile over the last decades many digital local computerized services, web based tools, and stand alone applications have been developed to create, publish, and analyze digital representations of manuscript and printed text. Although such tools have been trying to accommodate for medieval manuscripts ?and sometimes were even solely developed for that purpose? a true convenient and intuitive means of re-representing medieval text in the digital medium seems elusive. The nature of medieval texts ?ambiguous, uncertain, instable, often of unknown origin and descent, of puzzling function and context, damaged, fragmented, still unconventional in their multiplicity of form, format, language, orthography, typography, and script? poses an ultimate challenge to creators and users of digital tools wishing to produce useful and reliable digital counterparts to these medieval sources of knowledge and testimonies of intellectual creativity.
The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and the COST Action IS1005 “Medieval Europe” are organizing a two-day workshop that seeks to gather a number of experts in methodologies and tool creation around the complex issue of transferring medieval manuscripts to a digital medium. The workshop, to be held at the Huygens Institute in The Hague on 18 and 19 April 2013, will create an overview of the state of the art of tool development, and of the difficulties and extreme requirements medieval manuscript poses to digital methods and techniques. The first day will consist of introductions and demonstrations, as well as thorough methodological reflection on a number of tools highly visible in the field of digital textual scholarship. The second day will consist of theoretical and methodological focused papers and the creation of an inventory of common difficulties and unsupported features essential to digital philology of medieval manuscripts.
Interested experts are invited to submit an abstract for a proposed paper of no more than 500 words. Authors of proposals should include relevant literature references (not counted as word count), to assist the audience in its orientation in this more technical part of the field. Send your abstract to congres@huygens.knaw.nl, before 15 February 2013. Please mention COST Workshop in the subject field.
Workshop Organizers:
Mariken Teeuwen (Huygens ING)
Joris van Zundert (Huygens ING)
Caroline Macé (Catholic University Leuven)
 
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