From David Schloen:
All are welcome to attend the CEDAR Project workshop on Friday, May 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Regenstein Library, Room A-11 (on the lower level). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to David Schloen (email@example.com) if you plan to attend so we know how much food to order.
The ongoing CEDAR Project is described below. On May 4 there will be presentations by project participants—mainly Ph.D. student research assistants—about the computational features that are enabling the work and the progress to date on the initial corpora, i.e., the Sumerian version of the Gilgamesh Epic; the Book of Genesis, chapter 1; and The Taming of the Shrew (presented in that order). Each 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion, and we will reserve 45 minutes for general discussion at the end. For more information, contact David Schloen.
More information on CEDAR:
CEDAR (Critical Editions for Digital Analysis and Research) is a digital humanities project based at the University of Chicago. This project makes use of OCHRE (the Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment), a powerful computational platform for managing, analyzing, and publishing scholarly data. The OCHRE platform is currently used by dozens of academic projects internationally. The OCHRE server is professionally hosted by the University of Chicago Library and technical support is provided by the staff of the OCHRE Data Service in the university’s Oriental Institute. OCHRE support for CEDAR and some other projects is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. The CEDAR project team will use selected materials from three well known literary corpora that have had great cultural impact and long histories of transmission and translation: the Gilgamesh Epic, the Bible, and Shakespeare’s plays. CEDAR will test and refine new methods of digitally representing, viewing, and analyzing manuscripts, textual variants, and divergent editorial readings—in all their complexity and interrelationships—in order to support the most rigorous textual scholarship, on the one hand, and the teaching of these texts and their histories to students, on the other. The first chapter of the Book of Genesis has been chosen as a test case from the Bible and The Taming of the Shrew from Shakespeare. (In the case of Shakespeare’s plays, “manuscripts” includes the earliest printed editions, with all their variants.) CEDAR will show how the same underlying data model and software can be used for three very different literary corpora written in different historical periods using different languages and writing systems and which today are studied by different communities of scholars. Facsimile images of original manuscripts and scholarly transcriptions, translations, and commentary will all be stored in OCHRE, which will serve as the primary repository for a large body of well curated and reusable data. Researchers will be able to build, enrich, and analyze the CEDAR data in OCHRE. Meanwhile, an open-access CEDAR Web browser application will be provided for easy viewing and searching of this material. The result will be a new kind of online critical edition which can grow and be supplemented by related commentary, translations, and images.
Please join us Monday, April 23rd at 5 pm (Swift 208) for a talk by Cathleen Chopra-McGowan (PhD candidate, Divinity), “Imagining a New Political Epicenter: Babylonian Imperial Ideology in 2 Kings 24–25.” Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you!
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(All workshops will be held in Swift 208)
- Monday, April 2nd at 5 pm – Rebecca Raphael, Martin Marty Center Senior Fellow and Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Texas State University – “Is Your Monster a Boy or a Girl? Gender and Monstrosity in Second Temple Apocalypses”
- Monday, April 23rd at 5 pm – Cathleen Chopra McGowan, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible (Divinity) – “Imagining a New Political Epicenter: Babylonian Imperial Ideology in 2 Kings 24–25”
- *Thursday*, May 3rd at 5 pm – Ron Hendel, Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, University of California at Berkeley – “Exodus, Conquest, and the Alchemy of Memory”
- Monday, May 21st at 5 pm – Richard Zaleski, PhD Candidate, New Testament and Early Christian Literature (Divinity) – on Philo of Alexandria’s Life of Moses
The Hebrew Bible Workshop will cosponsor an event with the Jewish Studies Workshop on Monday, Feb. 12th at 5 pm (Cobb 110). Aslan Cohen (PhD Student, Bible) will present his paper “Ezekiel: a Man of Letters.” Sam Catlin (PhD Student, Comparative Literature) will serve as the respondent.
Please find Aslan’s paper at the following link, and read before the workshop if possible: http://voices.uchicago.
From the coordinators, David and Matt: “The Jewish Studies Workshop is committed to being fully accessible. For any questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact the workshop coordinators, David Cohen (email@example.com) or Matt Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
We hope to see you there!
Dear workshop attendees,
Please note the following CFP for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ annual Middle Eastern History and Theory Conference, which may be relevant to some of your areas of interest:
Call for Papers
33rd Annual Middle East History & Theory Conference
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
May 4-5, 2018
Submission Deadline: February 2, 2018
We invite proposals for papers and pre-arranged panels from graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars about the Middle East from the sixth century c.e. to the present day, including but not limited to history, religious studies, geography, anthropology, political science, literary studies, philosophy, art history, and media studies. We also encourage submissions related to the theme of this year’s conference, the intersection of Digital Humanities and pedagogy in contemporary Middle Eastern studies.
The keynote speaker of this year’s conference is Professor James Gelvin (University of California, Los Angeles), whose address will be entitled, “Theorizing Nationalism in the Arab Middle East: A Personal Story.”
Please send submissions electronically to email@example.com, no later than Friday, February 2, 2018. For further details, refer to the offical CFP document (Call For Papers – MEHAT 2018) or visit: http://voices.uchicago.edu/mehat/conference/.
Please circulate widely! For questions and accessibility concerns, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all the best wishes,
Joseph Cross & Carl Bryant Shook, 2018 Conference Coordinators