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Meeting Program Units

2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

Requirements for Participation

Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We welcome papers for three sessions. Two sessions are open calls for proposals within the broad remit of the group, welcoming proposals for papers on any subject related to the Digital Humanities as it related to biblical studies, early Judaism, early Christianity, or religious studies. We are especially interested in reports of new projects of various scales, reflections on innovative methodologies and theoretical developments, solutions to new challenges that continue to face the humanities, and pedagogical explorations of the use of digital tools in the modern university. Our third session is a joint session with the Novum Testamentum Grarcum: Editio Critica Maior seminar, entitled "Digital Editions of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature": Over the past 20 years, numerous digital tools have emerged to cover different aspects of the editing process, from enhanced imaging, transcription and markup, paleographic toolkits, collation, to the construction of manuscript stemmata. Some of these are standalone tools, while others are integrated into an environment such as the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room. The challenges of designing and implementing a workflow for the creation of both digital and print editions is a challenge for individual scholars and editorial teams. Proposals are invited on all aspects of navigating this emerging landscape of digital editing. Papers might present about ongoing or completed projects drawing on these resources, or highlight specific benefits (and costs) involved in using one or more of these tools, especially as compared to traditional print editions. Reflections on the current publication infrastructure, including its limitations and potential, will also be considered.

Program Unit Chairs

Garrick Allen
Dr. Paul Dilley

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