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

Cathleen Chopra-McGowan – Monday, April 23rd at 5 pm

Dear colleagues,

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!

Yours,
Joseph Cross

For accessibility concerns, contact 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!