Reading Early Material Texts: A Paleography and Codicology Workshop

Time TBA
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
May 20

Coordinators:

Tyler Williams, Assistant Professor
South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Thibaut d’Hubert, Associate Professor
South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Chander Shekhar, Professor
Department of Persian, University of Delhi

Date and Time: May 20-22, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Schedule: TBA

This three-day workshop will provide graduate students and early career scholars an opportunity to receive basic training in the paleography and codicology of South Asian material texts—including manuscript books, scrolls, notebooks, and other handwritten documents—and provide more advanced scholars an opportunity to share approaches, receive feedback on current research, and reflect critically on traditions and trends of textual criticism, scholarly editing, book history, and the digital humanities. Participants will interact and learn from scholars working on different languages, regions, time periods, and traditions, making new comparative work possible and helping to establish a network of scholars working on pre-colonial material texts. 

The workshop will consist of eight presentations by scholars in which they will guide participants through the process of working with manuscripts in a ‘hands on’ fashion, introducing them to techniques not only for reading textual artifacts, but also for understanding those artifacts in their historical, social, and material totality using both traditional and emerging methods (e.g. text criticism and techniques from the digital humanities). Documents in Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, and other languages, and in multiple scripts, will be addressed.

The workshop will feature a keynote address by the prominent art historian, art critic, and scholar of manuscript culture B.N. Goswamy on May 20th at 6:00pm.

Student participants:

Post graduate (MA/MPhil/PhD) students from all South Asian countries (including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) are encouraged to participate in the workshop. Seats in the venue are limited, so we request interested students to complete the Student Participant Application Form. The Center will inform students by the end of April whether they have been selected to participate in the workshop.

The University of Chicago is also able to offer free travel to and accommodation in Delhi for a limited number of student participants. Students who would like to participate in the workshop but find it financially difficult to do so are encouraged to apply for this bursary/scholarship by filling in the relevant parts of the Student Participant Application Form. The Center will inform students by the end of April whether they have been selected to receive the travel and accommodation bursary.

Faculty/researcher participants:

University faculty and researchers (including independent researchers) that are working with material texts or who would like to begin working with material texts are encouraged to participate in the workshop. Seats in the venue are limited, so we kindly request interested scholars to register via the Participant Registration Form.