Paleography and codicology as tools for historical research and digital humanistic studies: The case of Hebrew medieval manuscripts
Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented interest in medieval manuscripts in various fields of academic humanistic studies. The online accessibility of the major manuscript collections extant in libraries and archives, particularly in Europe, has made manuscripts readily available for scholarly investigation. This, in turn, has led to the creation of manuscript digitized databases mining large sets of materials and to the development of software programs dedicated to their preservation, description and study. This access to information has given new impetus to the return to primary sources in historical research and to textual studies. It has also fostered a growing awareness of the need to understand the material and conceptual aspects involved in manuscript production and circulation from the perspective of the digital humanistic praxis.
Sponsored by The Humanities Project (a program of the Humanities Center), The Center for Jewish Studies, The Jewish Studies Program, The Department of Religion and Classics, Rossell Hope Robbins Library and Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation