Call for Papers: Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age II

It is only a year since the Institute of Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) undertook an initiative entitled “Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age”. Yet its first results have already been written up and published: in July 2009, the anthology “Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age” was launched at an international symposium in Munich. Here, experts from all over the world met as a community to share their knowledge, interests and concerns regarding digital issues in the various fields of manuscript research.

The feedback on both the anthology and the conference has been remarkably positive, not least from experts who are less acquainted with digital methods. For the first time, widely dispersed, cutting-edge research in the field of computer-aided codicology and palaeography can be surveyed and assessed as a whole phenomenon.

Yet, despite the fact that the anthology gives a broad insight into theory and practice, some relevant subjects and questions have not been covered. For this reason the IDE plans to publish a second volume of “Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age”. The following questions in particular should now be addressed:

* To what extent can quantitative approaches and the analysis of codicological databases be complemented by a systematic analysis of digital manuscript facsimiles?
* How can manuscript-related research in the history of arts or in musicology be supported by digital tools and methodology?
* How successfully can methods from the sciences be applied to the analysis of manuscripts (e.g. DNA analysis of parchment)?
* How can electronic manuscript-catalogues and virtual libraries be brought together by means of comprehensive portals and hybrid research environments in order, for example, to facilitate exhaustive semantic studies?
* How can existing digital tools for palaeographic transcription be promoted and improved? * How can the range of applications be expanded?
* How can philological analysis and further use in literary studies be enhanced?
* How can questions about the history of script be addressed by digital methods?
* How can digital resources best supplement the originals, in the context of restoration and preservation? How can archives, libraries and museums take advantage of the opportunities, for public benefit?
* To what extent are software-generated answers to codicological and palaeographic questions sustainable, verifiable and reliable?

Contributions which explore these and similar subjects (cf. previous CfP) are most welcome and can be submitted in English, French, German or Italian. Again, the launch of the volume will be accompanied by an international symposium. Proposals of not more than 500 words should be sent by 30 November 2009 to or any of the editors listed below.


* Franz Fischer (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin),
* Christiane Fritze (Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities),
* Georg Vogeler (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich),
* Patrick Sahle (University of Cologne, Cologne Center for eHumanities),
* Torsten Schaßan (Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel),
* Malte Rehbein (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg),
* Bernhard Assmann (Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Cologne),


30. November 2009: Abstract Submission Deadline
30. April 2010: Paper Submission Deadline

Kind regards,

Christiane Fritze
The German Text Archive
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Jaegerstr. 22/23
10117 Berlin

phone: +49 (0)30 20370 523
email: fritze (at) bbaw (dot) de


Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (rosselli at ling dot unipi dot it)

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