CFA:“Digital Humanities and Jewish Epigraphy” International Winter School

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Call for Applications: “Digital Humanities and Jewish Epigraphy” International Winter School

Dates: 19–21 February 2018

Location: Utrecht University, Netherlands

Organizer: Ortal-Paz Saar (Utrecht University)

Main instructor: Thomas Kollatz (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz)

Participation costs: fully covered

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The successful integration of digital humanities into the field of history during the past two decades has generated important epigraphic projects. This digital humanities revolution, however, has not made a major impact on Jewish epigraphy, meaning epitaphs, synagogal inscriptions, and dedicatory texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, or other languages associated with Judaism. A generous grant from the European Association of Jewish Studies (EAJS), with additional contributions from Utrecht University and the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, enables a first step towards changing this, through an international Winter School on DH and Jewish epigraphy.



The Winter School participants will acquire the essentials of EpiDoc, a subset of TEI XML. They will learn how to encode Jewish inscriptions in right-to-left languages (e.g., Hebrew and Aramaic), as well as encode text-bearing objects (e.g., stone slabs, mosaics). The participants will apply their digital toolset in the field, during a visit to the 17th century Jewish cemetery in Ouderkerk. The Winter School will increase the awareness of students and scholars of Jewish epigraphy to DH tools, and provide a basic training for encoding research data.

The Winter School will take place at Utrecht University, Netherlands, on 19–21 February 2018.

Travel (up to €120 per person), accommodation, subsistence and tuition costs of successful applicants will be fully covered.


How to apply:

We welcome applications from graduate students of Judaic Studies and related disciplines, who have a particular interest in epigraphy.

Preliminary requirements:

  • a sound knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish Aramaic
  • basic computer proficiency

Please send a full CV and an application letter explaining your motivation for participating in the Winter School to: Ortal-Paz Saar,