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5000 Years of Comments: The Development of Commentary from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Age of Informa


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Commentary on the written word is nearly as old as writing itself and has developed alongside scholarship, literature and the writing cultures in critical and influential ways. As an activity, commentary has helped define categories of textuality and literature. As a type of discourse, commentary has been shaped over millennia by emerging technologies, from clay tablets to multi-user digital interfaces.


This two-day conference seeks to bring together specialists and investigators from various fields who are interested in the history of commentary and its study, in its theoretical underpinnings and its effects, and in exploring new forms commentary has taken in the information age. All fields of inquiry are open, but we are particularly interested in assembling papers that draw on the history of philology from the Ancient Near East (Mesopotamia through Biblical philology) through Classical Greece and Rome in antiquity, the middle ages, and reflecting on this history in light of the emergence of modern Digital Humanities.


FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 07-08-09-10/08/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Center of Hellenic Studies (Washington DC, USA)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Joel P. Christensen (Brandeis University); Jacqueline Vayntrub (Brandeis University); Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington DC).


INFO: web - joel@brandeis.edu ; vayntrub@brandeis.edu


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