Title: Analog Life, Digital Image: recontextualizing social and material lives of Ancient Near Eastern communities.
Where & When: Geneva, Tuesday June 23rd at 9-12.30 and 14-17.30
Deadline for Submission: before 15 March 2015.
Abstract: Increased access to online textual and visual digital collections have enabled scholars to explore cuneiform corpora using tools and methods not available a mere few decades ago. Drawing on one of the largest bodies of historical documentation known, the application of digital tools to studies of the material and intangible aspects of social life of the Ancient Near East holds the potential to radically transform the way in which we approach and think of topics such as demography, quantity, social relations and the flow of things and ideas.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together approaches to the cuneiform corpus integrating analyses of large, digitized datasets with philological, archaeological, and social research. We invite studies intent on recontextualising the expansive body of cuneiform documentation within analytical frameworks such as spatial mapping, social network analysis and modeling, scale and quantification, artifact reconstruction and related perspectives. Contributions may focus on material as well as social, qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of any part of the cuneiform record. We further welcome approaches traversing disciplinary boundaries.
Interested participants will please send a provisional title and abstract (250 words), along with a short note on academic affiliation and background to the workshop organizers before 15 March 2015. We would like to consider the workshop papers for subsequent publication, and kindly ask contributors to inform us if having any reservations in this regard.
A preliminary version of each paper should be sent to the organizers at least one week before the workshop. We believe that circulating contributions between speakers beforehand will facilitate the ensuing discussions and lead to more productive and thought-provoking sessions. The workshop will accommodate 12 speakers. Each speaker will be given 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for comments, questions, and discussion.
A. Anderson (aganders at fas.harvard.edu), Sh. Gordin (shygordin at gmail.com)
R. Rattenborg (rune.rattenborg at dur.ac.uk), G. Torri (giulia.torri at unifi.it)