MSS Lunch Lecture Sarah Bowen Savant, 'Knowledge, Information Technology, and the Arabic Book'

When
16-12-2019 from 12:00 to 13:00
Where
Ghent, Plateau building, ground floor, 'Simon Stevin' Room
Language
English
Organizer
Stefan Meysman
Contact
Stefan.Meysman@UGent.be
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Second December lunch lecture with Prof. Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU London) in collaboration with the MMS-II ERC project

On Monday 16 December 2019, 12.00-13.00, we have the pleasure of co-organizing the second lunch lecture of the month together with the MMS-II ERC project at Ghent University (PI: Prof. Jo Van Steenbergen).

For this lunch lecture we welcome Prof. Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU London) who will be speaking on 'Knowledge, Information Technology, and the Arabic Book'.

The lecture will take place in the Jozef Plateau building, ground floor, 'Simon Stevin' room.

Abstract

KITAB provides a digital tool-box and a forum for discussions about Arabic texts. We wish to empower users to explore Arabic texts in completely new ways and to expand the frontiers of knowledge about one of the world’s largest and most complex textual traditions. We are leading with a tool that detects how authors copied from previous works. Arabic authors frequently made use of past works, cutting them into pieces and reconstituting them to address their own outlooks and concerns. Now you can discover relationships between these texts and also the profoundly intertextual circulatory systems in which they sit.

KITAB is an ERC Consolidator Grant project funded under Horizon 2020.

Speaker

Prof. Sarah Bowen Savant is Professor at Aga Khan University London, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. She is the Principle Investigator of KITAB. Professor Savant is a cultural historian specialising in the Middle East and Iran ca. 600-1500.