The University of Sofia launched the call for applications for its ReIReS Course on “Digital Resources for Slavonic-Byzantine Studies”, which will be held November 19-21, 2019.
The course is focused on presenting research tools for facilitating and boosting Slavonic-Byzantine Studies. Especially – but not only – PhD students and postdocs are welcome.
The Course seeks to discuss Byzantine and Old-Slavonic Studies within the digital paradigm by making use of text analysis through digital tools. Choosing an extensively discussed field (Byzantine Studies) and a not-so-widely, yet with passionate followers (Old Church Slavonic Studies), Sofia University makes use of an extraordinary heritage of ‘conventional’ research and a currently-developing field to introduce its participants to a multidimensional approach of linguistics in their traditional, historical, and computational forms by following at the same time the epistemological shift and interchange in sub-fields.
For those who do not understand some of the languages of the focus in the NLP tools, assistant students with the necessary language skills will be provided.
- Prof. Anna-Maria Totomanova.
- Prof. Ivan Christov.
- Dr. Gergana Ganeva.
- Dr. Maria Totomanova-Paneva.
Application and Fee
The school is open to scholars affiliated to the ReIReS consortium and to max. five persons from outside the consortium. Scholars from outside the consortium will pay a registration fee of € 395.00.
The school meets ReIReS Common Objectives and Standards
Specific Learning Goals
- The participant is able to use the Diachronic corpus of the Bulgarian Language and understand its potential for studying the Slavonic-Byzantine cultural continuum.
- The participant is able to use the digital tools for studying medieval Slavonic texts:
● Specialized Old Bulgarian UTF fonts.
● Virtual keyboard.
● Search engine.
● Grammatical dictionary.
● Historical dictionaries of different type.
● Reversed Greek-Old Bulgarian dictionary.
- The participant has the possibility to work with experts that created the digital resources , thus gaining awareness of their heuristic potential.
- The participant is aware of the specific features of the digital tools for Old Bulgarian (OCS) and the potentiality of their use in the research activity.
- During the school, the participant gains skills for working on specific case studies with constant guidance of experts in using the available resources.
- The participant gains knowledge and experience about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation of cultural objects.
- The participant is capable to train others in the use of the presented digital resources and tools for Old-Bulgarian (OCS).
Go here to see the program (subject to any changes).
October 19, 2019. You can apply by filling out the form, indicating your name, affiliation, function and a short motivation. You will be informed within 14 days on receipt of your application.