I am currently working on putting together a colloquium, as a closing (and opening towards future research) event for my fellowship.
More details will be posted here soon, but in the mean time, here is an overview.
Interpreting Textual Artefacts: Cognitive Perspectives and Digital Support for Knowledge Creation
Date: 11th & 12th December 2012 (early afternoon 11th to tea time 12th)
Place: University of Oxford (Lecture theatre at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’ Oxford OX1 3LU)
The reading of textual artefacts in cuneiform studies (Assyriology), papyrology, epigraphy, palaeography, and mediaeval studies is at the core of the creation (discovery, invention) of new knowledge of past cultures and civilizations. The artefacts in themselves are devoid of meaning, and it is their interpretation and re-interpretation that contextualizes them and turns them into conveyors of knowledge.
This colloquium aims to convene scholars from a wide-ranging selection of fields in order to explore how knowledge is created through the act of interpretation of ancient documents. Each session will put into dialogue the work and methods, both digital and more traditional, of ancient documents scholars with findings from the cognitive sciences around the processes involved in the act of interpretation of ancient documents.
Through this event, we aim to gain a better-integrated view of the cognitive processes involved in the interpretation of ancient documents as well as some ways of supporting them and facilitating them digitally. As a tangible outcome of this colloquium, the presented papers will be gathered into an edited volume.
This 1.5 day colloquium will be articulated around the five following sessions:
- Materiality and visual perception
- Kinaesthetic engagement in reading
- Word identification
- Structural knowledge and context
- Creativity and collaboration
Do mark the dates! All welcome!