Monday, May 21st – Richard Zaleski (Divinity)

Dear colleagues,

Please join us this Monday, May 21st at 5 pm in Swift 208 for a talk on Philo of Alexandria’s Life of Moses by Richard Zaleski, PhD candidate in New Testament and Early Christian Literature (Divinity). This will be our last meeting of the year. We are glad to co-sponsor this talk along with the Early Christian Studies Workshop.
Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you!
Yours,
Joseph Cross
For accessibility concerns, please write jjcross@uchicago.edu.

Critical Editions for Digital Analysis and Research (CEDAR) – Workshop, Friday May 4th

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 (dschloen@uchicago.edu) 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.

Ron Hendel – Thursday, May 3rd, 3 pm

Dear colleagues,

Please join us Thursday, May 3rd at 3 pm in Swift 106 (note new time and room) for a talk by Ron Hendel, Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, entitled “Exodus, Conquest, and the Alchemy of Memory.” Prof. Hendel has kindly shared his paper with us ahead of time, and asks that we read it and come to the workshop with questions.
 
Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
Yours,
Joseph Cross
For accessibility concerns, please email jjcross@uchicago.edu

Monday, April 2nd – Rebecca Raphael

Dear colleagues,

Please join us today at 5 pm in Swift 208 for our first meeting of the quarter.  Rebecca Raphael, Martin Marty Center Senior Fellow and Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Texas State University, will present her paper entitled “Is Your Monster a Boy or a Girl? Gender and Monstrosity in Second Temple Apocalypses.”
Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you!

Spring 2018 Schedule

Dear all,

Welcome to the Spring Quarter! We are pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for the Hebrew Bible Workshop, and are especially happy to be joined this quarter by Rebecca Raphael, a Senior Fellow this year in the Martin Marty Center, as well as Ron Hendel, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. Here’s the full schedule:

(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
There is still space for further presentations, so keep on the lookout for additional announcements.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Aslan Cohen – “Ezekiel: A Man of Letters”

Dear colleagues,

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.edu/jst_hb/ . The password is: literature

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 (davidc@uchicago.edu) or Matt Johnson (mjohnson26@uchicago.edu).”

We hope to see you there!

 

Liane Marquis – Tuesday Jan. 16th @ 5 pm – Swift 208

Dear all,

Please join us next Tuesday, Jan. 16th at 5 pm in Swift 208 for a practice job talk by Liane Marquis (PhD Candidate, Divinity). She will speak on “Sibling Rivalry and Sacrifice: Law, Narrative and the Making of Theory in Leviticus 9–10.”
Refreshments (יין ושכר) will be served at (על פני) the workshop (אהל מועד). We look forward to seeing all of you (העדה)!
Please write jjcross@uchicago.edu for accessibility concerns.

Winter 2018 Schedule

Dear workshop attendees,
Here’s wishing everyone a happy new year with hopes that you had a restful or perhaps productive winter break. We have an exciting quarter ahead in the Hebrew Bible Workshop, so please mark your calendars with the following dates.
We are especially pleased to welcome on February 20th Prof. Baruch J. Schwartz, Associate Professor in the Department of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and for this quarter the Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies in the University of Chicago Divinity School. Please join us as we welcome Prof. Schwartz, and we also hope you can join us for stimulating presentations by four of our peers in the doctoral program.
The full schedule for this quarter is as follows:
Tuesday, January 16th – Swift 208 – 5 pm: Liane Marquis, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible (Divinity), presenting on “Sibling Rivalry and Sacrifice: Law, Narrative and the Making of Theory in Leviticus 9–10.” This is a practice job talk, so feedback will be much appreciated!
Monday, January 22nd – Swift 208 – 5 pm: David Ridge, PhD Student in Hebrew Bible (Divinity), presenting on “The Betrothal Type-Scene in 2 Samuel 11.”
Monday, February 5th – Swift 106 – 5 pm: Cathleen Chopra-McGowan, PhD Student in Hebrew Bible (Divinity), presenting on Lamentations 3.
Monday, February 12th (co-sponsored with the Jewish Studies Workshop) – Cobb 110 – 5 pm: Aslan Cohen, PhD Student in Hebrew Bible (Divinity), presenting on “Ezekiel: A Man of Letters.”
Tuesday, February 20th – Swift 208 – 5 pm: Baruch J. Schwartz, Visiting Greenberg Professor of Jewish Studies, presenting on “Deuteronomy 31: Its Composition and its Significance for How the Pentateuch Ends.”
More information, including talk titles and abstracts, will be circulated closer to each date.
If you are interested in presenting your research at the workshop in the Spring quarter, please write jjcross@uchicago.edu. We are looking forward to seeing you this quarter!
For accessibility concerns, please write jjcross@uchicago.edu.

CFP: Middle Eastern History and Theory Conference

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 mehatconference@gmail.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 mehatconference@gmail.com.

With all the best wishes,

Joseph Cross & Carl Bryant Shook, 2018 Conference Coordinators