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CALL. 15.02.2020: [SESSION 25] "Scribal Hands and Habits in Cuneiform Texts"(ASOR 2020) -


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FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 15/02/2020

FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 18-19-20-21/11/2020

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront, (Boston, MA, USA)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Nicholas Reid; Klaus Wagensonner


INFO: web - nreid@rts.edu ; klaus.wagensonner@yale.edu

CALL:


With increased access to collections and ongoing digitization projects, the opportunity has arisen to embark on new primary research related to scribal hands. These observations have een largely hidden in the field of Assyriology, since textual copies were produced freehand by scholars. This great service to scholarship that moved the field forward through copies also hid other important data points, since copies are often interpretive and look like the hand of the scholar rather than the scribe. On the basis of the available evidence, scholars organized texts by provenance, personal names, dates, and topics, depending on the internal data of the texts. This approach to the vast number of cuneiform texts produced significant results, but we have not exhausted the available information, as there are other ways to consider these texts. By comparing handwriting, texts that were not able to be linked prospographically, topically, or chronologically may be linked through the handwriting of the scribe. By identifying scribal hands, much can be learned about archives, writing, literacy, and scribal arts. The session consists of papers related to various periods, that can explore scribal techniques, diagnostic features, orthography, textual division, and handwriting. These papers will seek to establish the prospects, limitations, methodological approaches, and early findings related to the study of scribal hands. For the call for papers and rules for participation, please see: http://www.asor.org/am/2020-call-for-papers. If you have any questions about the session or submission process, please email the co-chairs:

Nicholas Reid or Klaus Wagensonner nreid@rts.edu klaus.wagensonner@yale.edu

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