Digital Humanities: one year ago

While in Köln DH people gather for the DHd 2018 conference, under the nice title “Kritik der digitalen Vernunft”, I have been reading a nice contribution from Prof. Pierre Chiron from the Université Paris-Est Créteil, who I happened to meet one year ago, while being in Paris, actually at the very moment when he published the article. So, it is a pity that I had to wait one year before discovering this piece of writing!

You find the contribution at la vie des Classiques.

It is an interesting essay on the advantages and the challenges of the digital technologies to which we are now used, often without fully understand the ways they may influence our behaviours in the long term. His focus lies on the educational environment and, perhaps a little surprisingly, he finds a way back to one of the ancient systems of rhetorical education (the progymnasmata) to describe his vision of new learning practices, where digital tools may play a crucial role.

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Classics and DH in Rome

Well again an announcement for a conference. The programme cleverly mixes DH and Classics. Have a look!

Textual Philology Facing Liquid Modernity:

Identifying Objects, Evaluating Methods, Exploiting Media

Sapienza Università di Roma

Dottorato in Filologia e storia del mondo antico

Dipartimenti di Scienze dell’Antichità e di Studi greco-latini, italiani, scenico-musicali

18th-20th April 2018

Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Aula Odeion

Organising committee:

Andrea Chegai (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Michela Rosellini (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Elena Spangenberg Yanes (Sapienza Università di Roma-Trinity College Dublin)

Wednesday, 18th April 2018

15:00 Institutional greetings

15:30 Michela Rosellini – Elena Spangenberg Yanes, Introduction

Session 1. Sorting Methods in Critical (Digital) Editing:

Panel A. Classical and Late Antique Philology – chair Michela Rosellini

16.00 Dániel Kiss (Budapest, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), New media for the edition of Latin classics

16:30 Justin Stover (University of Edinburgh), Material transmission: the study of textual traditions in a Digital Age

17:00 Coffee break

17:30 Caroline Macé (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), About sirens and onocentaurs, best manuscripts, fluid traditions and other myths

18:00 Paolo Monella (Università di Palermo), L’edizione sinottica digitale: una terza via

18:30 Discussion

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Session 2. Philologists and Texts Floating in the Net – chair Paolo Trovato

09:00 Paola Italia (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna), Fake texts e Wiki edizioni. Per una filologia digitale sostenibile

09:30 Lorenzo Tomasin (Université de Lausanne), Qualche tesi per la filologia nell’epoca della novità digitale

10:00 Claudio Lagomarsini (Università degli Studi di Siena), Un progresso obsoleto? La trasmissione online dell’epica medievale

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Research Group “Nicoletta Bourbaki” (Benedetta Pierfederici, Salvatore Talia), La narrazione della storia in Wikipedia: pratiche, ideologie, conflitti per la memoria nell’Enciclopedia libera

11:30 Claudio Giammona (Sapienza Università di Roma) – Elena Spangenberg Yanes, Dalla stampa al digitale, dal digitale alla stampa: Internet e la tradizione indiretta

12:00 Discussion

Session 1. Sorting Methods in Critical (Digital) Editing:

Panel B. Lachmann’s Legacy – Chair Claudio Giammona

15:00 Federico Marchetti (Università di Ferrara) – Paolo Trovato (Università di Ferrara), The study of codices descripti as a Neo-Lachmannian weapon against the notions of mouvance and textual fluidity

15:30 Ermanno Malaspina (Università di Torino), Edizioni digitali critiche (cioè lachmanniane) di testi classici a recensio complessa in xml: il rebus delle lezioni da mettere o non mettere in apparato

16:00 Coffee break

Panel C. Medieval Philology – chair Lorenzo Tomasin

16:30 Raymund Wilhelm (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Elisa De Roberto (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre), Stephen Dörr (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg),La banca dati del Dizionario dell’antico lombardo (DAL). Il trattamento delle varianti filologiche

17:15 Odd Einar Haugen (Universitetet i Bergen), The critical edition in Old Norse philology: Its demise and its chances of revival

17:45 Matthew Driscoll (Københavns Universitet),Textual and generic fluidity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland

18:15 Discussion

Friday, 20th April 2018

Panel D. Musical Philology – chair Andrea Chegai

09:00 Fabrizio Della Seta (Università degli Studi di Pavia), La filologia dell’opera italiana tra testo ed evento

09:30 Federica Rovelli (Beethovens Werkstatt, Beethoven-Haus Bonn), Prospettive digitali per l’edizione dei quaderni di schizzi di Beethoven

10:00 Eleonora Di Cintio (Sapienza Università di Roma), Filologia di un’opera empirica: per un’edizione critica digitale della Penelope di Cimarosa et alii(1794-1817)

10:30 Coffee break

Round table. Matching Editions and Traditions – chair Andrea Chegai

11:00-12:30 Monica Berté (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara), Lino Leonardi (Università degli Studi di Siena), Ermanno Malaspina, Paolo Trovato

12:30 Michela Rosellini, Conclusions

Conference on Prosgymnasmata

Let’s start the year with the announcement of a conference!

This one is on the prosgymnasmata, a term which designate a series of handbooks containing instructions for rhetorical exercises. This kind of works are also highly relevant with regard to ancient quotation practices.

Programme Colloque 2017 DEF

Here the programme:

Thursday 18th January
 I Premiers aperçus des pratiques : les documents papyrologiques
 9:45 Raffaella CRIBIORE: The Versatility of Progymnasmata: Evidence from the Papyri and Libanius
10:15 Lucio DEL CORSO: Rhetoric for Beginners (and Dummies) in Graeco-Roman Egypt. A Survey of Papyrological Evidence
10:45 Pause
11:00 José Antonio FERNANDEZ DELGADO & Francisca PORDOMINGO: La pratique des Progymnasmata dans les sources papyrologiques (et leur présence dans la littérature)
12:00 Jean-Luc FOURNET: Éthopées entre culture profane et christianisme
 II Pratiques progymnasmatiques et cognition 
14:30 Emmanuelle DANBLON: Les exercices de rhétorique à l’école de Bruxelles
15:00 Julie DAINVILLE & Benoit SANS: L’éloge paradoxal : regards croisés sur deux expériences bruxelloises
16:00 Pause
16:15 Victor FERRY: Exercer l’empathie : une limite de l’ethopoeia et une méthode alternative
16:45 Jeanne CHIRON & Pierre GRIALOU: « Connais-toi toi-même », les Progymnasmata comme entraînement métacognitif
Friday 19th January
III Les Pratiques entre passé et présent
9:15 Danielle VAN MAL-MAEDER: Des Progymnasmata dans la déclamation – des Progymnasmata à la déclamation
9:45 Sandrine DUBEL: Défense et illustration de la paraphrase
10:15 Anders ERIKSSON: Writing and teaching a contemporary progymnasmata textbook 10:45 Pause
11:00 Natalie Sue BAXTER: Imitatio, Progymnasmata, Paideia, and the Realization of Ancient Ideals in Modern Education
11:30 Jim SELBY: Aphthonius, Coherence, and Cohesion: The Practice of Writing
12:00 Ruth WEBB: L’exercice de l’ekphrasis : des Progymnasmata aux étapes ultérieures de la formation de l’orateur
 IV Pratiques contemporaines
14:30 David FLEMING: A role for the Progymnasmata in U.S. postsecondary English Education today
15:00 Marie HUMEAU: Pratiquer les Progymnasmata à l’université aujourd’hui : de l’exercice de style à la réflexion sur le discours
15:30 Christophe BRECHET: Les enjeux des Progymnasmata pour les humanités, ou pourquoi les humanités doivent refonder la formation rhétorique dans l’enseignement supérieur
Saturday 20th January
V Parcours : les pratiques à travers les siècles 
9:15 Silvana CELENTANO: Quintilien et l’exercitatio rhétorique : entre tradition et innovation
9:45 Rémy POIGNAULT: Exercices préparatoires pour éloquence princière dans la correspondance de Fronton
10:15 Eugenio AMATO: La pratique des Progymnasmata dans l’école de Gaza
10:45 Pause
11:00 Marcos MARTINHO: Emporius : les Progymnasmata entre exercice scolaire et outil oratoire
11:30 Luigi PIROVANO: Emporius and the practice of Progymnasmata during Late Antiquity
12:00 Marc BARATIN: La place et le rôle de la traduction latine des Progymnasmata du Ps.-Hermogène dans l’œuvre de Priscien
VI Parcours : les pratiques à travers les siècles (suite)
14:30 Francesco BERARDI: Diversité des pratiques didactiques en Grèce et à Rome : réflexions sur le lexique des Progymnasmata
15:00 Jordan LOVERIDGE: The practice of the Progymnasmata in the Middle Ages: Education, Theory, Application
15:30 Diane DESROSIERS: An muri faciendi ? La pratique des Progymnasmata dans l’œuvre de François Rabelais
16:00 Pause
16:15 Trinidad ARCOS-PEREIRA: The presence of Progymnasmata in Spain in the 16th century
16:45 María Violeta PEREZ-CUSTODIO: Teaching more than Rhetoric: Progymnasmata Handbooks in Spain during the Renaissance
17:15 Manfred KRAUS: La pratique des Progymnasmata dans les écoles du XVe au XVIII e siècle au travers des traductions latines d’Aphthonios
17:45 Discussion et conclusions
The poster can be found here and the summaries of the papers here.

Elien en contexte!

A few days ago, I attended my first conference on Claudius Aelianus, organised by Arnauld Zucker and Marco Vespa from the University of Nice. As I just started the project, it was a timely occasion to meet scholars, who worked on Aelianus previously. The papers met all my expectations and I learned a lot about this author, the research questions linked to his works and the fascinating context, in which he lived and worked.

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First Valentin Decloquement focused on the presence of Homer in Aelianus’ works and showed how Aelianus, like others – for instance Philostratus-,  played with well-known Homeric questions. These authors could take position, more or less parodically, in some of the controversies, and they could even defend their own original answers in others if they liked to. Aelianus’ works allow therefore an interesting view on the reception of the reception of Homer’s poems and this aspect of their works can also be seen as an answer to previous Homeric scholarship, especially the one developed in connection with the library of Alexandria. In this respect, Valentin’s presentation allowed me to see some connections between my previous research on Demetrios of Scepsis and the new one on Aelianus.

Then, there was a whole cluster of interventions on Aelianus’ way of using the animal world to speak about human behaviours. Tim Whitmarsh emphasised the distance Aelianus maintains between the two realms, especially in similes. He compared Aelianus’ approach to the one hinted at in Ps-Lucians, Lucius or the Ass, probably a Greek precursor of Apuleius’ Golden Ass. In allowing a form of metamorphosis, the author of this text, blurs the boundaries between the human and animal world and can experiment about this other world and the lost of identity that this may bring, either on the level of human/animal or concerning, when seen from a different angle,  an individual’s feelings of belonging to the Roman empire (or identity) or not. Emily Kneeborne developed this by comparing Aelianus’ use of the animal world with the one of Oppian. It has often been stated that Oppian’s and Aelianus’ works were close and that they shared common sources, but Emily’s presentation was enlightening as she showed in a well-documented analysis how differently the two authors worked and explored the animal examples to speak about human behaviours. This was then again expanded by Arnauld Zucker. He demonstrated how Aelianus keeps a difference between humans and animals despite the anthropomorphic vocabulary he often uses. The difference Aelinaus draws between the two worlds is much more subtle than acknowledged so far. It is based on a different definition of “animals”, which focuses more on the concept of “sophia” rather on the one of “logos” and this allows us to see how this author’s attitude to the notion of “nature” changed.

Finally, there was the presentation of Lucía Rodríguez-Noriega Guillén. She works on quotations, especially in Athenaeus and Aelianus, which made her contribution particularly relevant to my own project. She showed us, as did Emily, who individually Aelianus could use shared material.  Her case study came from Athenaeus. It has often been stated that in some passages, Aelianus was very close to Athenaeus and that the Deipnosophistai could have been Aelianus’ sources. However, it was used, most of the time, as a critique blaming Aelianus for not having quoted Athenaeus faithfully. Lucia showed, on the contrary, how theses presumed irregularities were actually made on purpose by Aelianus. Changing the reused passages, by adding elements, by modifying attributions, or by merging ideas, allowed him to compose his own statements, despite the permanent references to previous authors and their achievements. She also presented her long-term research project on quotations in the imperial period. The intermediary results can be seen on the website of the project ( inoriega.es ). It is already now an amazingly helpful tool for further research on quotations practices in antiquity! But the project should hopefully be developed in a second phase, where each of the 8’807 collected quotations will be analysed with regard to the purpose for which is what quoted, the relation to the original passage and the degree of literality!

Unfortunately the last speaker  (Lionel Gourichon) could not attend the conference and his paper was read by Marco Vespa. It was, however, meant to open up the perspective and to deal with the animals mentioned in Aelianus’ work. The research focused on birds and compared the evidence archaeologists gathered about the presence and exploitation of birds in Antiquity and what Aelianus told us about them. Comparing the two approaches was very interesting, but also highlighted the fact that, when compared to other works on animals from Antiquity, the one from Aelianus remains a literary endeavour, showing the marks of his time. It was a work of compilation, which was not primarily based on observations. This is of course not a critique, but rather a reminder to see his work as a product of his time.

Finally I would like to thank the organisers for having made possible these enriching encounters!

 

Last day in Bucharest

I just spent four marvellous months in Bucharest. Here some highlights!

Bucharest and its treasure:

Constanta and the Black Sea:

and finally Transylvania:

I could, of course, add many more, but it is perhaps worth to go and have a look for yourself!

Last weeks at the New Europe College

I had a brilliant time at the NEC during my fellowship there! I particularly appreciated the weekly seminars, during which I learned a lot about many interesting fields that were more or less related to my own topic. It is a very good exercise to see one’s own topic in a broader perspective. Thanks to all who contributed to this! Here a link to some photos from the last seminar FacebookNEC. We received a nice diploma:

As my research project at the NEC was a preliminary study to a longer research that will start in September, I also discovered in Claudius Aelianus a new engaging topic. The works he wrote (huge miscellaneous compilations), the way he presents himself in the prologue/epilogue of one of them (De Natura Alimalium) and the reception he received during the ages make him an author, who can bring a lot to modern readers. It may raise the question of the aesthetic of collages as well as trigger reflections on the notion of collecting and make us consider the link between ordering items and one’s own cultural background, as the transmission of knowledge always implies a selection or a prioritisation. This often remains hidden, but influences the way we see and understand the world around us.

I presented some preliminary ideas at:
The University of Bucharest during the Conferene: “Close, far-away, everywhere, nowhere.Perpetual glosses on the theme of the exile”

Comment s’exiler à Rome? Le choix d’Élien de Préneste à la fin du 2ème siècle apr. J.-C.

The University of Haifa during the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies

Philostratus and Aelianus on Midas: Quoting, Reusing and Redefining a mythological figure

The University of Hamburg during the 22. Aquilonia

Am Anfang stand nicht das Zitat: Überlegungen zu den ersten Kapiteln der Varia Historia von Claudius Aelianus

While being here, I also discovered a very pleasant city with nice people and many charming places.

Contacts between Latin literature and Greek imperial literature

Next Saturday (10th of June) there will be a very interesting conference at the Université Lille 3. It is about the hidden way imperial authors writing in Greek interact with previous literature written in Latin. I wished I could attend!

Here the programme:
Des Romains aux Grecs. Lecture, réception, intertextualité : la poésie latine dans la littérature grecque d’époque impériale
Morning: Presentations
10h:30: Introduction (Florence KLEIN and Ruth WEBB)

10:40-11:30 :
Bruno ROCHETTE: « De Rome à la Grèce et retour : pouvoir, langue et identité sous l’Empire romain »
11:30-12:20 :
Dan JOLOWICZ: « Were Greeks of the first two centuries C.E. reading Latin for pleasure? »
12:20-12:40 :
Presentation of the Project « Latin to Greek. The Latinity of the Ancient Greek Love Novel » (Ghent University) by Olivier DEMERRE.

Afternoon: Case studies and methodological discussion
14h-15h00:
Romain BRETHES: « Fini de rire! Pragmatique du discours amoureux chez Ovide et Longus »
Florence KLEIN: « Quels marqueurs de l’allusion pour une intertextualité “latente” ? La thématisation des échos cachés / dispersés des Métamorphoses d’Ovide dans l’épisode d’Echo chez Longus ».

15:10-16:10:
Evelyne PRIOUX: « Philostrate l’Ancien, lecteur d’Ovide ? »
Flora IFF-NOËL: « Ariane bacchante : le poème 64 de Catulle, intertexte des ekphraseis de Philostrate et de Callistrate ? »

16:20-17:20:
Valentin DECLOQUEMENT: « Enée sans l’Enéide : La (non-)référence à Virgile dans les textes grecs de l’époque impériale »
Séverine CLEMENT-TARANTINO: Virgile, modèle d’auteurs grecs selon Juan Luis de La Cerda – et nous : le cas d?Oppien (Cynégétiques).

17:20-17:30: Conclusion

see futher under: Des Romains aux Grecs

The History of Humanity

It is now the second time I hear from this huge project of the UNESCO. The first time it was at the GISFOH Sympsion in Potsdam last September. Now, being at the New Europe College in Romania, I attended another paper on this project. It was given by Bogdan C. Iacob, researcher from the project: Turning Global: Socialist Experts during the Cold War (1960s-1980s).

It started in 1947, just after the WW II and had two phases: it was first a History of Mankind and then became a History of Humanity. Both presentations underlined the difficulties the project encountered and the many controversies it fostered as the project struggled to get a global perspective, by taking account of all kind of new players.

At the GISFOH in Potsdam the focus was on the South and the paper presented the rise of Africa in the international context and its claim to have the right to tell its own history.  Last week at the weekly NEC-seminars we learned about how the Balkans got their way back into History.

It is an amazingly large project, with each volume having grown to over 1000 pages, but nonetheless, with all the debates and disagreements among the participants, it reached a conclusion in 2009 and the volume are now available:

  • Volume I: Prehistory and the beginnings of civilizations
  • Volume II: From the Third Millennium to the Seventh Century B.C. 
  • Volume III: From the Seventh Century B.C. to the Seventh Century A.D.
  • Volume IV: From the Seventh to the Sixteenth Century
  • Volume V: From the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century
  • Volume VI: The Nineteenth Century
  • Volume VII: The Twentieth Century

Some of them are freely available online and further information can be found on two different websites:
History of Humanity
Learning to Live Together

Of course I had a quick look at volume III, which contains the timespan under which the field of Classics falls! A surprising large number of French Classics scholars took part in the undertaking….

Ovid everywhere!

It is a special year for studies on Ovid. 2ooo year ago the great poet vanished and scholars from all over the place take the opportunity to remember the author and his achievements. Here a list of those I already spotted, or attended:

January: University of Hamburg: Workshop „Neue Forschungen zu Ovid“

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March: University Paris – Sorbonne: Colloque « Ovide 2017: célébration du bimillénaire de la mort d’Ovide. Le transitoire et l’éphémère: un hapax à l’ère augustéenne ? »

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May:  Historical and Achraeological museum of Constanța: Symposion “Évocations ovidiennes: poésie – mythologie – réalité historique”, programme to be defined.

June: University of Bucharest: International Colloquium “Close, Far-away, Everywhere, Nowhere. Perpetual Glosses on the Exile Theme”. The CfP is still open, deadline 10th May 2017.

also in June: Guangqi International Center for Scholars of Shanghai Normal University: Globalizing Ovid.

September: University of Bristol: international conference “Ovid Across Europe: Vernacular Translations of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages & Renaissance”. The CfP is still open, deadline 30th March 2017.

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And all over the summer a whole range of events in Berlin for which you find the programme at Flyer Gesamtprogramm final.

Plakat Ringvorlesung

Digital Classicist London: 2016 seminars

 

If you happen to be in London this summer….

Digital Classicist London: 2016 seminars
Institute of Classical Studies
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Fridays at 16:30 in room 234

Jun 3 Gregory Crane (Leipzig & Tufts), Philological Education and Citizenship in the 21st Century
Jun 10 Matteo Romanello (Lausanne & DAI), Of People, Places and References: Extracting information from Classics publications
Jun 17 Eleanor Robson (University College London), From the ground to the cloud: digital edition of freshly excavated cuneiform tablets on Oracc
Jun 24 Stuart Dunn (King’s College London), Reading text with GIS: Different digital lenses for Ancient World Geography
Jul 1 Valeria Vitale (King’s College London), The use and abuse of 3D visualisation in the study of the Ancient World
Jul 8 Chiara Palladino (Leipzig & Bari), Annotating geospatial patterns in ancient texts: problems and strategies
Jul 15 No seminar
Jul 22 Stelios Chronopoulos (Freiburg), New Life into Old Courses? Using Digital Tools in Reading and Prose Composition Classes
Jul 29 Silke Vanbeselaere (KU Leuven), Exploring ancient sources with data visualisation

Abstracts available here: digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2016.html


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