Fri. 24. 06. 2022
09:15- 10:45 Hrs. (CEST Germany)
4:15-5:45 pm (JST Japan)
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Meeting ID: 826 6024 3111
▍ Jam Today: Managing Large Manuscript Traditions with Digital Humanities Tools
Prof. Dr. Dominik Wujastyk (University of Alberta)
The editor of an Indic text is faced with several serious challenges. First, there are large numbers of manuscripts; second, Indic texts are often very long; third, few people understand why textual criticism and editing are necessary; fourth, work is slow and funding is hard to get. How can the newly-emerging tools of Digital Humanities help us to overcome some of these problems? I will discuss these issues and give examples from two text-critical projects: the Rasendramaṅgala and the Suśrutasaṃhitā. Special attention will be given to the concepts of open data and rapid publication.
Dominik Wujastyk is Professor at the History, Classics, & Religion Department (University of Alberta). He works on Sanskrit language and literature, classical Indian studies, and the history of science and medicine in pre-modern India. He has active research interests in the social and intellectual history of precolonial India, the early history of yoga philosophy and practice, and traditions of debate in India. He is the principle investigator of the The Suśruta Project: The textual and cultural history of medicine in South Asia based on newly-discovered manuscript evidence.
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