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The workshop “Methodological developments in prosopographical studies” to be held at the 64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Innsbruck, Austria, July 16-20 2018.
As larger digitized cuneiform datasets become available, Assyriologists explore new methods of inquiry which result in a transformation of the research landscape. Scholars now supplement traditional approaches with quantitative methods and social theory to analyze information extracted from cuneiform sources. This workshop aims to overview both currently employed and future methods for Assyriological prosopographical studies and their associated theoretical frameworks. What are the current and future trends in prosopographical research in the field of Assyriology? What are the particular challenges related to our primary sources and how can we mitigate them? What can we learn from sister fields such as Medieval studies and Classics in this avenue of research? How can we fruitfully deploy the quantitative analysis apparatus of the hard sciences? And finally, how can we foster the interoperability of our research results in the field and beyond?
FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 25/02/2018
FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 16-17-18-19-20/07/2018
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck (Innsbruk, Austria)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Émilie Pagé-Perron
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Participants will present ongoing or recently completed research, clearly outlining their method while highlighting the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of said method. The papers will be grounded in their context by presenting aims, research questions and results or expected results, and by using compelling examples from the primary sources.
Possible topics comprise: Homonymy and disambiguation, onomastics and naming practices, incomplete archives and sample validity, information extraction, large datasets, statistics, and social network analysis. Related topics are welcome.
Please submit an abstract of 200 to 400 words in text format (no PDFs) to Émilie Pagé-Perron at email@example.com no later than February 25, 2018.
Note that the workshop is limited to 9 participants, so papers on related topics might be redirected to the general track of the conference.