SEELECTS: Early Modern Slovenian Manuscripts and methods of Digital Humanities

17-05-2018 van 18:00 tot 20:00
Campus Boekentoren, Blandijnberg 2, room/lokaal 160.015 (6th floor/6te verdieping)
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Vakgroep Talen en culturen/ Slavistiek en Oost-Europakunde
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SEELECTS or 'Slavic and East-European lectures' is a series of lectures, interviews and discussion panels, organized by the Research Group 'Slavonic and East European Studies'. This series is a forum for national and international scholars and public figures. All presentations cover East and Southeast Europe, but are not restricted to Slavic topics alone. The talks are rather broad and exploratory, than all too narrow or specific. Every presentation will be followed by an informal reception.
Matija Ogrin (Slovenska Akademija Znanosti in Umetnosti, Ljubljana): Early Modern Slovenian Manuscripts and methods of Digital Humanities

The greater part of Slovenian literature has come into existence during the Early Modern and Modern period, i.e. in the era of printed books. But, surprisingly, many Slovenian texts of Early Modern time never succeeded to enter the medium of what we now call the print culture – for several historical reasons, ranging from material to ideological. Nevertheless, these texts had their own public and reception, their own ways of reproduction and dissemination – by means of what we call the manuscript culture. In this way, numerous manuscripts of hymnals, meditative prose and other devotional literature (Erbauungsliteratur), and even Jesuit drama in Slovenian language, were not supported by the printing press and the book market. Instead, they continued to fulfill their cultural mission and function in the medium of manuscript culture – as a separate, manuscript layer of literature. In some areas of the Slovenian literary system, this was the case as long as until the mid 19th century.

These manuscript literature is an ideal object for research approaches, using the methods of Digital Humanities. The lecture gives an outline of the analysis and description of manuscripts for the Register of Early Modern Slovenian Manuscripts that rely on Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines (TEI).

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