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Jonathan Silk

Editing without an Ur-text
Buddhist sūtras, Rabbinic text criticism, and the Open Philology Digital Humanities project

Time: 2 July 2019, 17:00–18:30
Venue: Room 2.25 ("Seminarraum"), 2nd floor, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
Hollandstr. 11–13, 1020 Vienna
Organisation: Birgit Kellner

Topic

The works attributed to Homer, folktales, Rabbinic literature and Buddhist scriptures share the feature that they all lack an Ur-text, an originary core. How are we to understand the nature of such literature, and how are we to edit it in a fashion that does not impose a unitary perspective onto what is inherently diverse and fluid? The ERC-funded Open Philology project is building a digital environment within which to edit Buddhist scriptures. This lecture introduces the problem of fluid texts, sketches how reflections on Rabbinic and Biblical literature shed light on it, and outlines the approach being taken by our team to our multi-lingual corpora of Buddhist materials.

Speaker

Jonathan Silk

Jonathan Silk is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.


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