This fall, Coptic Scriptorium team members have presented their work in a number of environments.
Research Talk, Georgetown University Linguistics Speaker Series
In September, as part of the Georgetown University Department of Linguistics Friday Speaker Series, the project presented a summary of our latest work and our goals for the new NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant we received. “A Linked Digital Environment for Coptic Studies”. Caroline T. Schroeder provided an overview of the project. Amir Zeldes presented the technology required to machine-process Coptic text in order to produce an annotated, digital corpus and linked online lexicon. Rebecca Krawiec discussed the research potential of an annotated digital corpus for research in early monasticism. Elizabeth Platte introduced the concept of linked data and demonstrated our linked geographic data features. (Christine Luckritz Marquis was scheduled present research on space and place in monastic literature but was unfortunately sidelined by a hurricane.)
Material of Christian Apocrypha Conference
In December, Caroline T. Schroeder gave a paper at the Material of Christian Apocrypha Conference hosted at the University of Virginia, under the auspices of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature. Dr. Schroeder’s paper, “The Materiality of Digital Apocryphal Studies,” addressed the role of digital humanities in studying the colonial history of manuscripts, people and places in early Christian literature, and public humanities. It was part of a panel on Christian Apocrypha and the Digital Humanities, which also included papers by James Walters (Rochester College) on “The Digital Syriac Corpus: A New Resource for the Study of Syriac Texts” and Brandon Hawk (Rhode Island College) on “The Medieval Social Network of the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew”. Datasets used in the presentation are available at Dr. Schroeder’s GitHub site.