Archive for November, 2015

SunoikisisDC 2016 Planning Seminar

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

SunoikisisDC is an international consortium of Digital Classics programs developed by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and Perseids.

SunoikisisDC offers a teaching program focused on the application of digital technologies to the study of Greek and Latin. Master students of both the humanities and computer science are welcome to join the courses online and work together by contributing to digital classics projects in a collaborative environment. Planning seminars and courses are organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Center for Hellenic Studies and Perseids.

On December 16-17, 2015 Faculty members of SunoikisisDC will meet at the University of Leipzig for the SunoikisisDC 2016 Planning Seminar. On this occasion they will present their teaching activities and work together on the syllabus for the new SunoikisisDC course that will be offered in the Spring 2016:

Wednesday, December 16

09:00-09:15: Introduction (Monica Berti, University of Leipzig)
09:15-10:00: Presentation (Gregory R. Crane, Tufts University & University of Leipzig)
10:00-10:45: Sunoikisis at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Kenny Morrell, Center for Hellenic Studies)
10:45-11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-11:30: Sunoikisis Digital Classics (Monica Berti, University of Leipzig)
11:30-12:00: The Digital Hill (Marcel Mernitz, University of Leipzig)
12:00-12:30: The Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (Tariq Yousef, University of Leipzig)
12:30-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:30: Break for lunch and informal meetings

14:30-15:00: Treebanking (Giuseppe G.A. Celano and Anastasia Mellano, University of Leipzig)
15:00-15:30: Database of Mycenaean at the University of Oslo (Federico Aurora, University of Olso)
15:30-16:00: Digital Classics in Croatia (Neven Jovanović, University of Zagreb)
16:00-16:15: Coffee break
16:15-16:45: Digital Classics in Lyon (Michèle Brunet, Laboratoire HISOMA, Lyon)
16:45-17:15: Digital Classics in Paris (Aurélien Berra, Université Paris Ouest)
17:15-17:45: Digital Classics in Brazil (Anise D’Orange Ferreira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Câmpus de Araraquara)
17:45-18:15: Digital Classics in Freiburg (Stylianos Chronopoulos, University of Freiburg)
18:15-18:45: Discussion

Thursday, December 17

09:00-09:30: Student training and interdisciplinary approaches at the ICS London (Gabriel Bodard, Institute of Classical Studies, London)
09:30-10:00: Digital Classics in Florida (Eleni Bozia, University of Florida)
10:00-10:30: Digital Classics in Finland (Marja Vierros, University of Helsinki)
10:30-10:45: Coffee break
10:45-11:15: Digital Classics in Bulgaria (Dimitar Illiev, University of Sofia)
11:15-11:45: Reading Thucydides in Persian (Maryam Foradi, University of Leipzig)
11:45-12:15: Aristotle in Arabic (Mohammad J. Esmaeili, University of Teheran)
12:15-12:45: Digital Classics in Egypt (Usama A. Gad, Ain Shams University, Cairo)
12:45-13:15: Discussion

13:15-15:00: Break for lunch and informal meetings

15:00-15:30: Digital Classics at Tufts University (Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University)
15:30-16:30: Perseids (Tim Buckingham, Tufts University)
16:30-16:45: Coffee break
16:45-19:00: SunoikisisDC Syllabus

Teach the Teachers, Leipzig April 18–19, 2016

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

First Teach the Teachers Workshop

Teach the Teachers, Leipzig April 18–19th, 2016

The Perseids Project, in collaboration with the Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig and the Department of Classics at Tufts University is calling for participants in the first Teach the Teachers workshop. The two-day workshop aims to present and develop lesson plans and syllabi including digital methods for the high school and university Humanities curriculum. Registration for the workshop will be free and financial support for travel and lodging will be provided. We are looking for participants who teach at the High School or Secondary school level, as well as PhD candidates and Graduate Students.

The workshop will contain seminars on how to use the tools available via Perseids, in particular the Alpheios Alignment editor and the Arethusa Treebank editor. These seminars will include comprehensive guidelines so that any user at any level of digital literacy will be able to use the tools to their full potential. This will include, but is not limited too:

  • Use of translation alignments for non-language students
  • Use of treebank annotations to assess understanding of grammar and morpho-syntax
  • Use of the gold standard review functionality and the board review systems of Perseids
  • The Perseids Social network annotation workflow
  • Assessment strategies for digital assignments

The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the exchange of new ideas for the implementation of the Perseids Platform in the classroom. During the two-day workshop we will produce resources for digital projects in a classroom setting. We will incorporate these resources into a growing collection of shared resources which will help future educators integrate the Perseids to their classroom practice. Those resources may include:

  • Syllabi for high school and college level courses.
  • Lesson plans for in-class digital projects.
  • collaborative, inter-institutional workflows and project plans

Contributors should submit statements of up to 500-700 words. Submissions will be accepted until January 8th. Send submissions in the form of a pdf to Statements can include:

  • Plans or ideas for the implementation of digital tools in the classroom
  • Description of experience or interest in digital methods
  • Other experience involving the use of digital tools in an educational setting

Open Call for Papers: Digital Approaches and the Ancient World

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Digital Approaches and the Ancient World
A themed issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies

Gabriel Bodard (University of London)
Yanne Broux (KU Leuven)
Ségolène Tarte (University of Oxford)

Call for papers:

We invite colleagues all around the world and at all stages of their careers to submit papers on the topic of “Digital Approaches and the Ancient World” to a themed issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. The topic is to be construed as widely as possible, to include not only the history, archaeology, language, literature and thought of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean world, but also of antiquity more widely, potentially including, for example, South and East Asian, Sub-Saharan African or Pre-Columbian American history. Digital approaches may also vary widely, to include methodologies from the digital humanities and information studies, quantitative methods from the hard sciences, or other innovative and transdisciplinary themes.

Papers will be fully peer reviewed and selected for inclusion based not only on their research quality and significance, but especially on their ability to engage profoundly both with classics/history academic readers, and scholars from digital or informatic disciplines. We are keen to see papers that clearly lay out their disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches, and present and interpret the full range of scholarly and practical outcomes of their research.

We encourage the use of and direct reference to open online datasets in your papers. BICS is not currently an open access publication, but self-archiving of pre-press papers is permitted, and the editors believe in the transparency and accountability that comes with basing scientific work on open data.

To submit an article to this themed issue, please send your full paper of 4,000–8,000 words in Microsoft Word doc, docx or rtf format, to <>, along with a 150 word abstract, by January 31, 2016. You do not need to follow BICS style for the initial submission, but please note that the final version of accepted articles will need to be formatted to adhere to our style guide (

If you have any questions about this issue, please feel free to contact any of the editors informally.

Digital Classics Workshop, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, March 28-April 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

EpiDoc and Digital Classics Workshop
Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, Romania
March 28 – April 1, 2016

The Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca is offering a week-long training workshop on digital encoding of inscriptions and other ancient texts, taught by Gabriel Bodard, Simona Stoyanova (London) and Polina Yordanova (Sofia). There will be no charge for the training, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

The workshop will cover an introduction to the principles of XML, EpiDoc encoding of inscriptions and papyri, the use of editing tools such as the Papyrological Editor (, morpho-syntactic treebanking, and the encoding of people and places in ancient texts through the SNAP and Pelagios projects.

Participants are not expected to have any technical skills at the start of the workshop, but should bring a WiFi-enabled laptop and be prepared to install some free software before arriving. A good knowledge of ancient history, Greek, Latin or other ancient languages, and epigraphy, papyrology or related disciplines will be assumed.

To apply for a place in this workshop, please email <>, with a short description of your relevant background and any projects you are working on or planning, by midnight, January 3, 2016.