Call for Papers: Epigraphy.info VIII Workshop (Berlin)

CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS

The eighth Epigraphy.info workshop will take place in Berlin (Germany), from 3-5 April 2024, hosted by the Department of Digital History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and with the courtesy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

We are planning an open meeting to discuss and try different tools related to Digital Epigraphy. If you are already part of the Epigraphy.info community or just interested in Digital Epigraphy, we warmly invite you to come to our meeting in Berlin. During the workshop, we will explain the objectives and expectations of Epigraphy.info and invite new members to get involved. The meeting is ideally planned as an in-person event, especially to present a paper or poster, but you can attend and discuss remotely. We might record some of the presentations and talks and later make them available via the Epigraphy.info Youtube channel and place the posters on the Epigraphy.info website.

The meeting will include presentations and training sessions. Part of it will be related to current Digital Epigraphy projects worldwide and we encourage scholars who work on Digital Epigraphy to present proposals adapted to a wide variety of formats:

  • Panels for those scholars who want to discuss a topic or have a specific agenda. We will provide space to promote academic discussion.
  • Papers for scholars who want to present their project or results of a Project Research.
  • Posters to present news, education projects, updates on existing projects etc.
  • Hands-on sessions. We are exploring different options such as hackathons, and presentations of a new tool followed by training (20 minutes presentation + 20 minutes training). If a group thinks it would be useful for the community, we encourage to present a proposal. If you would like to provide more extended training, please, reach out, so we can accommodate you.

For those interested, please send your abstract (around 200 words for papers and posters, 400 words for panels and hands-on sessions) before November 30th to the Steering Committee at info@epigraphy.info. We will notify selected participants and circulate a provisional program by the end of December.

The Steering Committee of Epigraphy.info

Call for Papers as PDF: Call_for_Papers_Epigraphy_Workshop_8

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L’Année épigraphique 2020

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), directeur de L’Année épigraphique, fait savoir que L’Année épigraphique 2020 (1720 notices et 1043 pages dont 234 pages d’index) a été publiée en août 2023 et est disponible. Les commandes doivent être adressées aux Presses Universitaires de France (revues@humensis.com).

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), director of L’Année épigraphique, announces that L’Année épigraphique 2020 (containing 1720 entries, and 1043 pages, including 234 pages of index) was published in August, 2023, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at revues@humensis.com

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Digital Epigraphy vacancy, Maynooth, Ireland

The OG(H)AM project, based in Maynooth (near Dublin), Ireland is currently advertising a 9-month research position from 1 Nov 2023, focusing on encoding ogham inscriptions (IRL & UK) using EpiDoc for a database (EXist-db) on ogham. The work will probably also include some fieldwork assistance in recording ogham stones using photogrammetry. Please help to spread the word to anyone who might be interested to apply and note that although the advertisement says that knowledge of early Irish is essential, this is actually more desirable than essential and experience in EpiDoc, EXist-db and digital epigraphy generally would be equally desirable.  Application details.

Contact Dr Nora White with any queries at the email address below.

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CfP: Voiceless writing? Epigrams, performance and oral poetry

Università di Bologna, FICLIT, 30th-31st May 2024

(posted on behalf of the organizers, Flavia Licciardello and Stella Sacchetti)

Whereas the most recent debate on epigrams focused on their relationship with their material context (see e.g. Petrovic-Petrovic-Thomas 2019), in our workshop we wish to investigate the relationship between epigrams, orality and performance, from a diachronic perspective from the archaic age, through Hellenistic and imperial time up to late antiquity.

We would like to invite proposals that can address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

– What is the relationship of epigrams with famous ‘oral’ genres beyond epos and elegy, such as theatre and lyric poetry in general? Do e.g. dialogic epigrams stage a dramatic exchange in miniature and are there recognisable references to and/or points in common with tragedy, comedy or dithyramb? Do epigrams consciously compete with epinicians and in presenting themselves as an alternative or complement to these what do they retain from their oral performance? How do epigrams explicitly or allusively address their writtenness and its limit (or potential) as opposed to oral poetry?

– What form of performance can we imagine for symposial epigrams? Do the texts maintain some elements that reveal an original performance? Do, for instance, slightly different versions of a poem signal that the text had been adapted to suit different circumstances and occasions of performance? What is the relationship with popular oral genres connected to the universe of symposial epigrams (e.g. the paraklausithyron)?

– What spaces and occasions can we imagine for the performance of epigrams beyond the Hellenistic time, in Imperial Rome or in late antiquity?

– What is the relationship between books of epigrams and oral performance? Do epigrammatic papyri preserve some elements that betray, at least for some of them, their use for some form of performance (e.g. in a symposium)? Is it possible to imagine that some collections of epigrams were formed and circulated for performative contexts?

– Were some inscribed epigrams specifically destined to be read aloud and was their reading maybe part of a ritual? Were there other occasions for such performance that were analogous to those suggested by Petrovic (2016) for the oral performance of casualty lists and commemorative verse-inscriptions?

Full text of the Call for papersdeadline 30th September 2023

 

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International Digital Epigraphy Association small grants

IDEA call for small grants 2023 is now open. Also this year IDEA  will be able to support up to two 1.000 EUR grants and the deadline to submit your proposals is September 17th, 2023.

The grant will be assigned to small projects submitted by members of the association – info about membership here – and coherent with the scope of IDEA’s activities, as stated in the Article 5 of the Charter:

Art. 5 – “The goal of the association is the promotion of the use of advanced methodologies in the research, study, enhancement, and publication of “written monuments,” beginning with those of antiquity, in order to increase knowledge of them at multiple levels of expertise, from that of specialists to that of the occasional tourist. In order to reach its statutory goals, the association promotes, organizes, and manages conventions, conferences, exhibits (including virtual exhibits), prizes, and training courses (including online courses); it conducts editorial activities; it promotes and supports the maintenance and efficiency of the portal created by the European project EAGLE (European network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy); it participates in and promotes the participation of its members in projects and initiatives, including in collaboration with third parties; it promotes initiatives in the interest of its members; it performs and encourages studies and research; it collects data and news of interest to the activity of its members; it carries out consultations in favor of its members; it more generally carries out all activities useful for the achievement of the goals that the association proposes.”

Every application should include a budget breakdown and an explanation of how their project fits IDEA’s priorities.

The Board will evaluate all the proposals received by the deadline and communicate the winner of the grant two to three weeks after the deadline.

Looking forward to receiving your proposals at: idea-association@aedeka.com

Alice Bencivenni

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Studying Written Artefacts: Hamburg, September 27–29 2023

Conference ‘Studying Written Artefacts: Challenges and Perspectives’ (Hamburg, 27-29 September 2023)

The Cluster of Excellence ‘Understanding Written Artefacts’ (Universität Hamburg) is glad to announce its main conference ‘Studying Written Artefacts: Challenges and Perspectives’. This is an in-person event. The conference will take place over three days of panel presentations structured in three parallel sessions, on 27–29 September 2023. It will provide a unique forum for sharing experiences and views among the international community working on written artefacts, showcasing pioneering research, and developing new ideas.

As for written artefacts we take the broad working definition of any artificial or natural object that have written or pictorial (visual) signs. This definition includes the traditional notion of manuscript, in all attested book forms, and inscription, and at the same time goes well beyond these broad categories. Mirroring the multifaceted research of the Cluster and encouraging a comparative perspective in geographical and chronological terms, the conference will draw attention to emerging research topics and innovative methodological approaches from within the humanities and natural and computer sciences. Contributions will focus, for instance, on the study of creation, transmission, and archiving of written artefacts; on single written artefacts important for their revealing features or their challenging typology and categorisation; on small and large scale theoretical reflections on written artefacts; on the ethical aspects of research on written artefacts.

The full programme and the link for registration can be found here: https://www.csmc.uni-hamburg.de/uwa2023.html

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (giulia.dovico@uni-hamburg.de).

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“Support PHI” Petition

Most readers will probably have seen the petition posted on the Change.org platform by a team of scholars, aiming to demonstrate the importance of the Searchable Greek Inscriptions database, hosted by the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI), and calling upon PHI to adopt a more open and collaborative approach to its maintenance and longterm upkeep.

For the original petition and updates, including a brief PHI response, see https://www.change.org/p/support-and-expand-the-packard-humanities-institute-s-greek-inscriptions-database.

The editorial boards of Current Epigraphy take no collective position on this matter.

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Digital Approaches to Post-Byzantine Inscriptions (Dec 4–7, 2023, Köln)

Call for applications
International Workshop “Digital Approaches to Post-Byzantine Inscriptions”

December 4th – 7th, 2023 | University of Cologne (and online)

The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Cologne invites applications for the International Workshop “Digital Approaches to Post-Byzantine Inscriptions”, organised in the framework of the project “DiBS – Creating a Sustainable Digital Infrastructure for Research-Based Teaching in Byzantine Studies”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. For more information on this project see https://uni.koeln/NXPQU.Assoc. Prof. Tsvetan Vasilev and Dr. Dimitar Iliev from the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of post-Byzantine church murals and their accompanying texts. Topics like the place of the text in the iconographic programme of an Orthodox religious building, text reuse and intertextuality, church inscriptions as a part of cultural code and group identity on the Balkans during the Ottoman period, language contact and multilingualism, etc., will be discussed. The participants will also be introduced to the digital methods of encoding and visualisation of such inscriptions, including EpiDoc XML, front-end tools, indices and authority files.Structure: The workshop will be hybrid and will take place from December 4th to 7th at the University of Cologne. Remote participation is not only possible but strongly encouraged. To ensure the workshop runs smoothly, the number of participants is limited to 15.Eligibility: Postgraduate (Master or PhD) students in the fields of Byzantine Studies, Classics, Medieval History, or Digital Humanities, or early career researchers (less than three years since defense of the thesis) in the same fields. Prior training in epigraphy is not a prerequisite, though desirable.Application: Please fill in the application form by October 6th. Successful applicants will be informed by mid-October. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Martina Filosa at martina.filosa@uni-koeln.de.  The full call for application can be found here: https://uni.koeln/M6KQG.

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The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 6 (2023)

We are delighted to inform you that The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 6 (2023) has now been published.

Please feel free to circulate the leaflet in attachment—advertising the publication of JES 6 (2023), including also a subscription form as well as a call for papers for JES 7 (2024):

Depliant The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 6 2023

The Journal welcomes articles written in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. The JES is available (hard copy or online) in nearly 50 libraries through Europe, North America and Australia. AIEGL members benefit now from a 25% discount for subscriptions to JES as well as from a 10% discount for the purchase of other journals and books published by Fabrizio Serra Editore.

Journal of Epigraphic Studies 6 (2023)
Table of contents
DANIEL J. CROSBY, Traditional innovation for the discovery of oracular meaning: The Sacred Orgas decree and procedure at the Delphic oracle
MATTHEW HEWITT, A new reading of SGDI II 2674: Tanagran proxenoi at Delphi
ANNA-SOPHIE HAAKE, MATTHIAS HAAKE, «Werke der Tugend für die Griechen». Zu einem vergessenen delphischen Epigramm der Tarantinoi aus dem 3. Jh. v. Chr.: Ein Zeugnis aus dem Kontext der Keltenabwehr im Jahre 279 v.Chr.?
BRUNO HELLY, Une inscription testamentaire trouvée à Philia Karditsis (Thessalie)
MARIA LUISA BONSANGUE, De Pouzzoles à Narbonne: mobilité, réseaux et échanges en Méditerranée romaine sous la République et le Haut-Empire (à propos de CIL XII 4526)
YANN BONFAND, DAVID DJAOUI, BENOÎT ROSSIGNOL, Une amphore gauloise de muria hispanique au nom de Lucius Vibrius Eutyches à Grenoble et le commerce dans la cité de Vienne
WERNER ECK, Promissio und votum – verwandte Kommunikationsformen der Kaiserzeit: Zur Inschrift des P. Calpurnius Iulianus im dakischen Herkulesbad (Băile Herculane)
ANGELOS CHANIOTIS, Horror Saltus: Camouflaging religious change. Epigraphic evidence from the mid-second to the early sixth century A.D.
ZHEIRA KASDI, Septime Sévère s’est-il rendu en Maurétanie ? À propos d’une dédicace inédite à la Fortuna Redux en provenance de la colonie de Sitifis
ERGÜN LAFLI, HADRIEN BRU, SAMET İKİBEŞ, Neuf inscriptions de Klaudiopolis de Cilicie (Mut)
MARIANA BODNARUK, Clarissimae memoriae: Two Inscribed Roman Senatorial Sarcophagi in Jerusalem’s Bible Lands Museum

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Call for posters: «Writing and Religious Traditions in the Ancient Western Mediterranean», Venice 23-25 November 2023

SPIN Project «SaInAT-Ve» – Sacred Inscriptions from the Ancient Territory of Venetia

 

Call for posters

International Conference

«Writing and Religious Traditions in the Ancient Western Mediterranean»

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

23 – 25 November 2023

 

Epigraphic documents related to the religious sphere offer an essential starting point to investigate cult sites and understand the ritual practices of the ancient world. In fact, inscriptions may provide a privileged viewpoint to explore religious experiences through time and space, especially when combined with a range of other primary sources (literary, archaeological, topographical, numismatic, etc.) and when examined through different areas of expertise (historical, religious, anthropological, sociological, and linguistic).

The International Conference «Writing and Religious Traditions in the Ancient Western Mediterranean», which will take place at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice from 23 to 25 November 2023, will feature up to 8 thematic posters. The posters will be on display for the entirety of 24 November 2023 and will be presented by the authors during a specific session (an online connection will be available for those who will not be in Venice).

Posters should be directed towards specific and innovative aspects of individual or collaborative research on religious sites and/or practices involving epigraphic sources from the regions of the Western Mediterranean and deriving from Roman and/or pre-Roman contexts.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • inscribed objects in sanctuaries: ‘religious’ and ‘lay’ functions (e.g., different teaching practices related to writing);
  • the relationship between iconography and epigraphy in sanctuaries;
  • upkeep of places of worship;
  • ritual practices (prayers, sacrifices, votive offerings…);
  • the role of metal, coins and economics in sanctuaries;
  • individual and collective cults;
  • processes of religious integration.

Submission and selection processes

Proposals for posters should be submitted with an abstract of 250 words (excluding bibliography) in Italian or in English. Each proposal must contain the name of the author(s), their affiliation(s) and email address(es). Proposals should be sent by email to the secretary of the Conference (sabrina.pesce@unive.it) by 31 August 2023.

Results of selection process will be communicated to all applicants by 15 September 2023. Guidelines for the design of posters will be sent at the same time. Posters will be printed at the expenses of the Conference organizers.

Publication

Posters presented at the Conference may be further developed into an article and subjected to double-blind peer review for potential publication in an edited volume related to the scientific topics of the Conference.

Information

For any further information, please contact the main conference organizer Prof. Lorenzo Calvelli (lorenzoc@unive.it).

Patronages

The Conference will take place under the patronages of AIEGL – Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine and Terra Italia ONLUS – Associazione per lo sviluppo e la diffusione degli studi sull’Italia romana.

 

Call for posters convegno Calvelli SPIN EN

Call for posters convegno Calvelli SPIN ITA

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Stonecutters and Mosaicists at Work (call for papers)

Open Call for Papers 

Stonecutters and Mosaicists at Work: Identifying Craftspeople and Their Workshops Through the Lens of Epigraphy

ERC-funded conference on the methodologies of workshop studies

Warsaw 30 November–1 December 2023

The main objective of the STONE-MASTERS project, funded from an ERC Starting grant (grant agreement number 101040152) is to provide a complex answer to the question about the reasons for the great transformation of Roman commemorative traditions in the realm of epigraphy. In order to pursue the matter further, an atlas illustrating a highly regionalized network/stemma of workshops, identifying places of origin for the inscriptions from the third–fifth century, will be built in the project framework. The methodologies of workshop studies developed for other crafts and periods (in particular for early Greek vase painters, and for scribes and scriptoria) will be adapted to the needs of the Graeco-Roman epigraphy. These actions will bring to light the actual actors behind the production of inscriptions – artisans and workshops – as primary agents of top-to-bottom cultural transfer and, in consequence, will shape a whole new understanding of bringing elitist culture to the middle and lower classes.

This conference aims at bringing together people following broadly understood studies on ancient workshops, prosopography of craftspeople (including, for example, vase painters, scribes and illuminators of manuscripts), provenance of works of art and craft such as paintings, vases, mosaics, parchments and papyrus scrolls and codices, and others. We want to share and exchange our experiences across different fields of research, methodologies, and instruments of study.

Unlike the majority of such meetings, this conference is centred around methods rather than actual outcomes of research. We will welcome 20-minute papers answering the following questions:

  1. How to identify the workshop of origin of an inscription, mosaic, painting, vase, manuscript, book illumination?
  2. How to study the “style” of these works, and how reliable are the results and which role the “style” studies play in today’s research on workshops and provenance?
  3. Which methods are transposable between the identification of the origin of different works of art and craft and which are not? Which are the limitations of studies on workshops and craftspeople?
  4. How to study the formulae used in inscriptions?
  5. How can we reconstruct textbooks used by ancient stonecutters and mosaicists in order to make mid- and low-quality “mass-produced” inscriptionsand how to establish the outreach of these textbooks?
  6. What can we say about the literacy of stonecutters and mosaicists, also regarding the process of making bilingual inscriptions?
  7. How to identify authors of verse inscriptions?
  8. How can we utilize the ancient collections of epigrams, anthologies and syllogae for workshop studies?
  9. How can the study of the ancient quarries and trade networks of marble help identify the common origin of specific collections of inscriptions?
  10. How can the study of stonemason marks contribute to our knowledge of ancient stonecutters and their workshops?
  11. How can we close study scripts and tools of trade of ancient artisans and craftspeople with modern instruments of digital research?
  12. What can we learn about sculptors’ and stonecutter’s workshops from the correlation of the quality of inscriptions and accompanying ornaments or funerary portraits, or the lack thereof.
  13. How can photogrammetry and archaeometric research contribute to our knowledge of craftspeople, their workshops, their tools, and the provenance of their works?
  14. How to trace and visualize the outreach of specific workshops and the distribution of their works with the use of mapping software?
  15. How to contextualize different types of evidence (on people, workshops, model textbooks, time and geographical range of their occurrence) and to track correlations with the use of mapping software?

Papers tackling other methodological problems not envisaged in the above list are also welcome!

The participants will receive full funding for travel and accommodation costs. The participants will also be asked to contribute to an edited volume which will set new standards in the methodology of studies on the provenance of inscriptions of the Roman period, and will serve as the state-of-the-art reference work for this topic.

Titles and abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute talks should be submitted to Paweł Nowakowski, the PI of the project (pawel.nowakowski@uw.edu.pl). Please, indicate your academic status and affiliation (if applicable – papers from independent scholars and representatives of citizen science are equally welcome).

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2023.

We encourage linguistic diversity at the conference sessions. We will ask for a short outline in English to be distributed among the attendees if the talk is given in a different language.

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Project website: https://stonemasters.uw.edu.pl/

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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Job advertisement – Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy Munich

Reappointment of the position of the Second Director of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy in Munich, effective April 1st, 2025

more information …

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