Call for Papers: "On the Same Page: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Manuscripts"

As those following the progress of DigiPal will be aware, an increasing number of projects are opting to study their corpora with the DigiPal framework (essentially, the database and a series of web-based tools for computer-assisted palaeography). SephardiPal is one of these "Daughters of DigiPal", and is now so grown up that she is organising her own conference. How exciting is that? It's a two-day conference, with the promise of plenty of palaeography on offer from the invited speakers who include:

  • Malachi Beit-Arié (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Edna Engel (Hebrew Palaeography Project)
  • Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne)
  • Colette Sirat (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes)

See below for the Call for Papers and further details.

Conference: "On the Same Page: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Manuscripts"

Date: Monday 18th-Tuesday 19th May 2015

Venue: King's College London, Strand

Organised by: Departments of Digital Humanities and Theology & Religious Studies
Co-sponsor: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval studies, King's College London

We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for "On the Same Page: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Manuscripts". This two-day conference will explore the potential for the computer-assisted study of Hebrew manuscripts; present developments in the field; and share methodologies. Of course, for any of that to happen, we need some papers, so please see below for details of how to submit a proposal.

How to propose a paper

Papers of 20 minutes in length are invited on any aspect of digital approaches to the study of (medieval) Hebrew manuscripts.

Below are some possible topics, but please don't feel limited to these:

* the practical and theoretical consequences of the use of digital images
* visualisation of manuscript evidence and data
* examples of research into Hebrew manuscripts that would benefit from a Digital Humanities approach
* computer-assisted study of iconography
* is our increasing reliance upon digital surrogates changing our research methodologies and practices?
* reports from projects that make use of digitised images

To propose a paper, please email a brief abstract (250 words max.) to

The deadline for the receipt of submissions is close of play on Friday 27th February 2015. Notice of acceptance will be sent as soon after that date as possible.

Very much looking forward to hearing from you,

Stewart Brookes and Debora Matos


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