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Navigating the Text: Textual Articulation and Division Across Cultures - 03-04/05/2019, Oxford (England)


The participants will explore the diversity of approaches to text segmentation and structuring in various epigraphic and palaeographic traditions before the modern period. The conference aims to cover the regions of Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Near East, South Asia, East Asia and Mesoamerica.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03-04/05/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Merton College - The Queen’s College (Oxford, England)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Merton College; The Queen’s College; Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures; Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Libraries.


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9:10 – 9:55: Laura Löser, Faculty of Classics
Roman funerary inscription from Odenwald, ca. 2nd century CE

9:55 – 10:40: Matt Kimberley, the British Library
A Khotanese medical text Jīvakapustaka, 9th-10th century CE


10:40 – 11:10: Coffee break


11:10 – 11:55: Kristian Jensen, the British Library
1498 printed edition of Horatius Opera with various commentaries


11:55 – 12:40: Francesco Bianchini, St John’s College
A copper-plate charter tablet from ca. 650 CE, Gujarat, India


12:40 – 13:30: Lunch


13:30 – 14:00: A visit to Merton College’s mediaeval library with a short presentation on the Neo-Assyrian tablet of King Ashurbanipal, 668-627 BC


14:00 – 14:45: Andreas Winkler, Oriental Institute
Egyptian astrological manual in Demotic, 100-200 CE


14:45 – 15:30: Lesley Smith, Harris Manchester
Commentary on the Psalms by Peter Lombard, Paris, 12th century CE


15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break


16:00 – 16:45: Michael Zellmann-Roehrer, Faculty of Classics
Greek sales contract in Greek, Aramaic and Nabataean, near Zoara (Arabia), 130 CE



9:00 – 9:45: Nafisa Valieva, University of Hamburg
Gadla Lālibalā (Life of Lālibalā), Ethiopia, 14-15th century CE


9:45 – 10:30: Chris Foster, Pembroke College
Ancient Chinese “daybooks” from Zhoujiazhai, 2nd century BCE


10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break


11:00 – 11:45: Heather O’Donoghue, Linacre College
Karlevi runestone from the island of Öland, Sweden


11:45 – 12:30: Christian Prager, University of Bonn
Mayan hieroglyphic manuscript Dresden Codex, 13th century CE


12:30 – 14:00: Lunch


14:00 – 14:45: Umberto Bongianino, Khalili Research Centre
Deluxe Arabic dictionary from Islamic Spain, 1124 CE


14:45 – 15:30: Parsa Daneshmand, Wolfson College
Neo-Assyrian divinatory commentary in Akkadian


15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break


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