Registration and programme for 2-3 April workshop

We are happy to announce that the 2-3 April workshop, “Methods and means for digital analysis of ancient and medieval texts and manuscripts”, is now open for registration.  The workshop will take place at the Leuven Faculty Club on the first day, and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (KVAB) on the second day. (Click on the links for specific directions to the venues.)

The workshop is sponsored by the Tree of Texts project, Interedition, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, and the KU Leuven Faculty of Arts.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, registration is free and includes coffee and sandwich lunch, but please be sure to register before 26 March in order that we have accurate numbers for catering.


By air: The best airport to fly into is Brussels National (Zaventem); from there, the easiest way to reach Leuven is by train.  Direct trains run about twice per hour and cost €5.40; the trip takes about 25 minutes.

By train: From the east / Germany, the best connection is probably via Liège; otherwise via Brussels.  Intercity trains between these two cities run every half hour and stop at Leuven.


The train station is on the east side of the city center, and the bootcamp and most hotels are walkable from there.  Otherwise you can get a taxi in the square in front of the station.


The second day of our workshop will be hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy in Brussels. We have arranged coach transportation from Leuven that morning; we will meet at 8:15 on the Martelarenplein, which is the large plaza outside the train station (thus across the street from those of you staying in the hotel La Royale.)


Your best best is to use a website like to find a hotel. There are several hotels in Leuven across the spectrum of price ranges; please do contact the organizers if you need specific advice.



2 April 2012 – Faculty Club, Leuven

9.00 – 9.30: Coffee and registration

9.30 – 10.00: Welcome (Frederik Truyen) + Introduction by the organizers (C. Macé / T.

10.00 – 11.30: Digitisation and Palaeography | Chair: Juan Garcès
Rabin, Ira – Ink identification to accompany digitization of the manuscripts
Deckers, Daniel – Special imaging techniques for reading palimpsests and damaged manuscripts
Castro Correa, Ainoa – The application of digital tools in the study of Visigothic script in


12.00 – 13.00: Cataloguing and Codicology | Chair: Torsten Schaßan
Andrist, Patrick – Electronic catalogues of ancient manuscripts: between the wishes of the
libraries and the needs of manuscript science
Birnbaum, David – Quantitative Codicology: An analysis of the formal descriptions of medieval Slavic miscellany manuscripts


14.30 – 15.30: Tradition and Genealogy I | Chair: Tara Andrews
Cafiero, Florian / Camps, Jean-Baptiste – Genealogy of Medieval Translations? The Case of the Chanson d’Otinel
Roelli, Philipp – Petrus Alfonsi or on the mutual benefit of traditional and computerised


16.00 – 17.30: Style and Statistics | Chair: Aurélien Berra
Hoenen, Armin – Letter similarity and ancient manuscripts – the meaning of
vowel/consonant awareness
van Dalen-Oskam, Karina – Authors, Scribes, and Scholars. Untangling the knot with
computational help
Kestemont, Mike / Schepers, Kees – Stylometric Explorations of the Implied Dual
Authorship in the Epistolae duorum amantium

18.00 – 18.45: Discussion session: Should textual scholarship be fully digital? | discussion prepared and led by Joris van Zundert

3 April 2012 – KVAB, Brussels

9.30 – 10.00: Welcome (Dirk Van Hulle) + Introduction by the organizers (C. Macé / T.

10.00 – 11.30: Primary Sources | Chair: Thomas Crombez
Luján, Eugenio / Orduña, Eduardo – Implementing a database for the analysis of ancient
inscriptions: the Hesperia electronic corpus of Palaeohispanic inscriptions
Togni, Nadia – BIBLION: A data processing system for the analysis of medieval manuscripts
Stella, Francesco – Digital models for critical editions of medieval texts and the Corpus Rhythmorum Musicum


12.00 – 13.00: Tradition and Genealogy I | Chair: Joris van Zundert
Alberto Cantera – The problems of the transmission of the Avesta and the tools for Avestan
text criticism
Tuomas Heikkilä / Teemu Roos – Tracing the medieval readers of Vita et miracula s.
Symeonis Treverensis


14.00 – 15.00: Inter-textual Analysis I | Chair: Caroline Macé
Tupman, Charlotte – Sharing Ancient Wisdoms: developing structures for tracking cultural
Rubenson, Samuel – A database of the Apophthegmata Patrum


15.30-16.30 Inter-textual Analysis II | Chair: Tuomas Heikkilä
Spinazzè, Linda – Intertextual research with digital variants in Musisque Deoque: a case
Romanov, Maxim – Public preaching in the Muslim World (900-1350 AD)

16.30 – 17.15: Discussion session: How many types of “textual scholarship” (new, old,
historical, artefactual, genetic…)? | discussion prepared and led by Caroline Macé

Closing of the workshop by the organizers (C. Macé / T. Andrews)

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