An international conference on manuscripts, reading, writing, book history, and the classification of knowledge in medieval China and Europe. Special attention to common problems and divergent paths taken with regard to manuscript production, copying and transcription, orality vs. the writtern circulation of texts, writing systems, and the social space of manuscripts.
The Digging into Data Challenge aims to address how “big data” is changing the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Now that there are massive databases of materials available for research in the humanities and the social sciences, what new, computationally-based research methods can be applied to search, analyze, and understand these materials?
ManuTexts will bring together colleagues from institutions around the world for pioneering project work, linking the Humanities with technology, science and art, and applying for large external research grants to fund path-breaking scholarship into the manuscript and its interpretation over three millennia. The Forum will coordinate and run experimental projects to triangulate arts and digital media practice, theory and conceptualization of the real and the digital, and outreach beyond the institution into the public sphere of museums, archives and publishing.