Global Philology Open Conference

Conference Schedule

Felix-Klein-Hörsaal (5th Floor)

Paulinum, Augustusplatz 10

04109 Leipzig


Monday, February 20

1:00-1:30 – Introduction (Prof. Gregory Crane) (link) (video

1:30-2:10 – Results of previous workshops and Overview of upcoming workshops (video)

2:10-2:45 – David Birnbaum and Hanne Martine Eckhoff, “Machine-assisted multilingual alignment of the Codex Suprasliensis” (video)

2:45-3:15 – Coffee

3:15-3:50 – Markus Schnöpf and Christian Thomas, “Digital resources and services in the context of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities” (link) (video)

3:50-4:25 – Usama Gad, “Serious Considerations Concerning Localization of Digital Media” (slides) (video)

4:25-5:00 – Angelo Mario Del Grosso, Simone Marchi and Emiliano Giovannetti, “Thinking like the ‘Modern Operating Systems’: The Omega architecture and the Clavius on the Web project” (paper) (slides) (video)

Tuesday, February 21

9:00-9:35 – Christopher Blackwell, “Beyond Screenshots: Machine-Actionable, Canonical, Semantic Citation of Graphed Data” (paper) (video)

9:35-10:10 – Matteo Romanello, “Putting the Extraction of Canonical References into a Global Philology Perspective” (link) (video)

10:10-10:45 – Kira Kovalenko and Eveline Wandl-Vogt, “Unlocking a Treasury of Ancient Worlds: Pan-European Research Infrastructures as Building Blocks for Russian Manuscript Lexicons” (link) (video)

10:45-11:15 – Coffee

11:15-11:50 – Nino Doborjginidze, “Projects of digital Humanity at the Institute for linguistic studies of Ilia State University” (paper) (video)

11:50-12:25 – Dániel Kiss, “Media change in the humanities: the case of digital critical editions” (paper) (link) (video)

12:25-1:00 – Donald Sturgeon, “Towards a sustainable digital infrastructure for historical Chinese texts” (link) (video)

1:00 – 2:30 – Lunch

2:30-3:05 – Knar Harutyunyan and Tatevik Manukyan, “Old Armenian, Armenian Philology, and Digital Word” (paper) (video)

3:05-3:40 – Émilie Pagé-Perron, “Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative White Paper for the Global Philology Project” (paper) (Google Doc) (Google Slides) (video)

3:40-4:00 – Coffee Break

4:00 – 4:35 – Daniel Werning and Eliese-Sophia Lincke, “The Rosetta Stone Online Project”

4:00-4:35 – Stéphane Polis and Vincent Razanajao, “Ancient Egyptian philology: The digital turn. Current projects and future perspectives for the study of Ancient Egyptian texts” (link) (video)

4:35-5:00 – Day 1 Wrap-up discussion (video)

Wednesday, February 22

9:00-9:35 – Abdelmonem Aly, “Problems of Digital Translation from Ancient Greek Texts to Arabic Language: An applied study of Digital Corpus for Graeco-Arabic Studies” (paper) (slides) (video)

9:35-10:10 – Elie Kahale and Basma Chebani, “Al-Ādāb Magazine Archives: Digitization, Preservation and Access: A Joint venture between Al-Ādāb Magazine and University Libraries of American University of Beirut” (slides) (video)

10:10-10:45 – Alexey Khismatulin, “The Expected Efficiency of Stylometry Applied to the Arabographic Medieval Forgeries” (paper) (slides) (video)

10:45-11:15 – Coffee

11:15-11:50 – Anise D’Orange Ferreira and Michel F. Dos Reis, “Considerations on digital tools as a means of reshaping the Greek teacher’s genre of activity for a prospective curriculum in a Brazilian public university.” (slides) (link) (video)

11:50-12:25 – Patrick Burns, “Cicero’s Hardest Sentence?: Measuring Readability for Latin Literature with the Classical Language Toolkit” (slides) (video)

12:25-1:00 – Nathan Gibson,”Challenges of Polyvalent Infrastructures: The Case of Syriac Studies and” (link) (video)

1:00 – 2:30 – Lunch

2:30-3:05 – Krzysztof Opaliński and Patrycja Potoniec, “From traditional paper dictionary to a digital database: the making of the 16th-century Polish language database and Internet dictionary”

3:05-3:40 – Annette Gerstenberg and Bryan Jurish, “Exploring the internal heterogeneity of a corpus of Classical French with DiaCollo” (link) (unfortunately no video)

3:40-4:00 – Coffee Break

4:00-4:35 – Ulrich Schmid, “Reusing Homer Multitext data in the Virtual Manuscript Room – a proof of concept” (video)

4:35-5:00 – Day 2 Wrap-up discussion

Thursday, February 23

10:00-12:00 –  Break out groups/discussion

12:00-1:00 – Final Discussion (Prof. Gregory Crane, moderator)


The Call for Papers for this Conference is Closed

Call for Papers

“Open Conference on Digital Infrastructures for Global Philology”
February 20-23, 2017
Leipzig, Germany

The Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig, Germany, will host an “Open Conference on Digital Infrastructures for Global Philology” from February 20-23, 2017 at the University of Leipzig. The purpose of this conference is to bring together members of the larger scholarly community, both within and outside of Germany with a focus on, but not limited to, those scholars working with historical languages. This conference should help both to advance the discussions already happening between large and medium-sized infrastructure-building projects on the one hand and (digital) humanities scholars on the other and to introduce new topics that have yet to find a forum for public discussion.

Possible topics for proposed papers include, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • What digital services, collections and curricula have emerged from particular funded projects that are of such general utility that they can be adopted as part of a long-term infrastructure upon which students of a field, at every level of expertise, can depend for years and decades?
  • What infrastructure developments within larger fields (including large European infrastructure projects such as Clarin, Dariah and Europeana but also substantive efforts in the natural and life sciences) provide foundations upon which historical languages can build?
  • What digital services, collections or curricula need to be developed so that a field of study can flourish in a digital society?
  • What funding mechanisms and organizational structures are in place/need to be put in place in libraries, computing centers, and academic departments?

The deadline for paper submissions is November 15, 2016. Abstracts for these submissions should be no more than 1 page in length. Submissions and review will be handled through the EasyChair system. Please visit if you wish to submit a paper for review. Decisions about submissions will be made by November 30, 2016. Limited funding will be available for reimbursement of the travel expenses of presenters.

The context for this conference is a planning project, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research ( An English version of the proposal is available at