Digital palaeography: What is digital about it?

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Compared to the epistemic traditions digital palaeography builds on, how is it transformative? In this article I will outline the emergent meanings and possible research directions of digital palaeography by reflecting on the past 15 years of approaches and conceptualizations in the field. By departing from a contextualized take of the term digital coupled with humanities and palaeography, I will show how digital approaches relate to the scholarly tradition of the study of handwriting and writing systems as a whole and how recent approaches of digital palaeography can be defined as critical, self-reflective, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Moving between a formal and a historically situated analysis, I will relate practices of modelling of handwriting in digital palaeography to modelling in digital humanities more generally. Digital palaeography will emerge well positioned to represent the complexity of handwritten objects from the unfamiliar perspective of the substance of the expression of handwriting (text as shape).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)ii89-ii105
Number of pages17
JournalDigital Scholarship in the Humanities
Issue number2
Early online date27 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
EventDigital Humanities 2016 - Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Duration: 10 Jul 201616 Jul 2016


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