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On the Same Page: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Manuscripts

An International Conference

18–19 May 2015
Nash Lecture Theatre (Strand Campus, King’s College London)

We are delighted to announce the programme for On the Same Page: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Manuscripts. This two-day conference will explore the potential for the computer-assisted study of Hebrew manuscripts; discuss the intersection of Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities; and share methodologies. Amongst the topics covered will be Hebrew palaeography and codicology, the encoding and transcription of Hebrew texts, the practical and theoretical consequences of the use of digital surrogates and the visualisation of manuscript evidence and data.

Very much looking forward to seeing you in May – Stewart Brookes, Débora Matos, Andrea Schatz and Peter Stokes.

Organised by the Departments of Digital Humanities and Theology & Religious Studies (Jewish Studies).

Co-sponsor: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS), King's College London.

Registration for the conference is free (but required).


On the Same Page (pdf)

Monday, 18 May 2015

8.45 – Coffee and registration 

9.15 – Welcome

Stewart Brookes and Débora Matos (King’s College London)

9.30 – Keynote lecture

Chair: Andrea Schatz (King’s College London)

Colette Sirat (École Pratique des Hautes Études): The Study of Medieval Manuscripts in a Technological World

10.30 – Coffee/Tea

11.00 – Session 1: Digital Libraries: From Manuscripts to Images 

Chair: Avriel Bar-Levav (The Open University, Israel)

Ilana Tahan (British Library): The Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project at the British Library: An Assessment

César Merchán-Hamann (Bodleian Library): The Polonsky Digitisation Project: Hebrew Materials

Emile Schrijver (Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana/University of Amsterdam): The Real Challenges of Mass Digitization for Hebrew Manuscript Research

12.30 – Lunch break

13.30 – Session 2: (Roundtable): Digital Images: Scale and Scope

Chair: Jonathan Stökl (King’s College London)

Rahel Fronda (University of Oxford): From Micrography to Macrography: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Script 

Ilana Wartenberg (UCL): Digital Images in the Research of Medieval Hebrew Scientific Treatises

Estara Arrant (University of Oxford): Foundations, Errors, and Innovations: Jacob Mann’s Genizah Research and the Use of Digitised Images in Hebrew Manuscript Analysis

Dalia-Ruth Halperin (Talpiot College of Education): Choreography of the Micrography

15.00 – Coffee/Tea

15:30 – Session 3: Digital Space: Joins and Links 

Chair: Paul Joyce (King’s College London)

Sacha Stern (UCL): The Calendar Dispute of 921/2: Assembling a Corpus of Manuscripts from the Friedberg Genizah Project

Israel Sandman (UCL): Manuscript Images: Revealing the History of Transmission and Use of Literary Works

Judith Kogel (CNRS, Paris): How to use internet and digital resources to identify Hebrew fragments

17.00 – Keynote lecture

Chair: Stewart Brookes (King’s College London)

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (École Pratique des Hautes Études): The Books Within Books Database and Its Contribution to Hebrew Palaeography

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

9.15 – Keynote lecture

Chair: Peter Stokes (King’s College London)

Malachi Beit-Arié (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The SfarData Codicological Database: A Tool for Dating and Localizing Medieval Codices, Historical Research and the Study of Book Production – Methodology and Practice

10.15 – Session 4: Digital Palaeography: Tools and Methods

Chair: tbc

Débora Matos (King’s College London): Building Digital Tools for Hebrew Palaeography: The SephardiPal Database

Stewart Brookes (King’s College London): The Montefiore Mainz Machzor: A Test-Case for Extending SephardiPal

11.15 – Coffee/Tea

11.45 – Session 5: Digital Corpora: Analysis and Edition

Chair: Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary, University of London)

Ben Outhwaite (Cambridge University Library): Beyond the Aleppo Codex: Why the Hebrew Bible Deserves a Better Internet

Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (École Pratique des Hautes Études): A Digital Edition of the Mishna: From Images to Facsimile, Text and Grammatical Analysis

Nachum Dershowitz (Tel Aviv University): Computational Hebrew Manuscriptology

13.15 – Lunch break

14.30 – Keynote lecture

Chair: Débora Matos (King’s College London)

Edna Engel (National Library of Israel): Hebrew Palaeography in the Digital Age

15.30 – Session 6: Data and Metadata

Chair: Renate Smithus (University of Manchester)

Sinai Rusinek (Van Leer Institute): Digitally Reading from Right to Left

Yoed Kadary (Ben Gurion University): The Challenges of Metadata Mining in Digital Humanities Projects

16.30 – Concluding roundtable

17.00 – Refreshments

The conference convenors would like to thank the Departments of Digital Humanities and Theology & Religious Studies as well as the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS) and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London for their generous support.


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