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Digital Classics III – Re-thinking Text Analysis

Concluding conference on the project Der digital turn in den Altertumswissenschaften: Wahrnehmung – Dokumentation – Reflexion

May 11–13, 2017
Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften (Karlsplatz 4, Heidelberg)
Organizers: Anna Novokhatko, Stelios Chronopoulos and Felix Maier
Digital text analysis is increasing in prominence throughout the humanities. The ever growing availability of data has opened scholars to the possibilities of quantitative text analysis as a method of learning about the form and content of text. Greek and Latin text analysis in particular poses new questions through the development of text analysis tools and technologies.
This 3-day conference is planned to discuss best practices in methods, methodology, tools and technology and hermeneutical reflections on text analysis and is oriented particularly to all kind of digital projects on Ancient Greek and Latin texts based on central questions such as
  • levels and techniques for the analysis of large bodies of texts: morphosyntactical, style/register determining, textual-critical, content, hermeneutic
  • criteria for defining and recognizing items (letters, words, phrases and reference methods)
  • multimodal and multicodal capabilities of text - the relationship between text, e-text, and hypertext
  • the methods and perspectives of semiotic and semantic analysis of text/graphic relationship.

The focus of the conference is an evaluation of the status quo in the digital analysis of Greek and Latin texts (literary and documents, papyri, manuscripts, inscriptions) – what sort of questions have been asked/answered/not yet answered/cannot be answered? Some speakers from non-classical fields have been invited, such experts in text analysis who can contribute to a broader overview of the issues.

The program of the conference and the abstracts of the presentations and the talks can be found here.



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