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Hugoye Symposium IV: Syriac and the Digital Humanities

March 6, 2015

Hosted by:

Beth Mardutho Research Library, Piscataway, N.J.
Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literature
Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal, Vanderbilt University

Alexander Library, Scholarly Communication Center (4th Floor)

169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

 This event will be live streamed for free, thanks to the support of Rutgers Libraries. Live stream can be accessed at the link here: https://stream.libraries.rutgers.edu/live/

Read more here.

Given the weather and other obligations this Friday, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to make it. 🙁


First Hygoye Syriac Symposium – Tomorrow!

If all goes well, I’ll be at the first Hugoye Syriac Symposium tomorrow for most of the afternoon. Look out for the guy in a dark brown corduroy vest with watch fobs and a tweed cap. 🙂

If something further goes crazy with the family and I cannot attend at the last minute, I’ll be logged into the online attendance system all day and on Meebo (widget’s on the left) to chat.

Back a number of years ago, I coded the alpha and early beta for the eBethArké Syriac Digital Library Project, which was a hell of a lot of fun. I can only say that I’ll be ecstatic to see the brick-and-mortar Beth Mardutho Research Library first-hand.


The First Hugoye Symposium!

Two fantastic bits of news came in on the Hugoye List:

The First Hugoye Symposium

ܥܐܕܐ ܕܣ̈ܝܡܐ ܣܘܪ̈ܝܝܐ: ܐܘܪܚܐ ܐܪܝܟܬܐ ܡܢ ܒ̈ܬܝ ܐܪ̈ܟܐ ܠܢܘܠܐ

Libraries in the Syriac Tradition

May 20, 2010 at the
Beth Mardutho Research Library, Piscataway, N.J.

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute will hold its First Hugoye Symposium on May 20, 2010 to celebrate the opening of the Beth Mardutho Research Library in Piscataway, NJ. The Symposium papers will focus on libraries in the Syriac tradition, and will be published in Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies

The speakers are:

Keynote Address: Sebastian P. Brock (University of Oxford): Kthobe Mphasqe: Some Examples, Ancient and Modern, from the Libraries of St Catherine’s Monastery Sinai and Dayr al-Suryan.

David Taylor (University of Oxford): Syriac Printing in the 19th and early 20th-Century Middle East: Tool of Western Propaganda or Local Resistance?

Andreas Juckel (Münster University): A Guide to Syriac New Testament Manuscripts and Editions.

Muriel Debie (CNRS, Paris): Cataloging a Syriac MS collection in the Middle East: the Case Study of Charfet.

Kristian Heal (Brigham Young University): Corpora, eLibraries and databases: Locating Syriac Studies in the 21st Century.

George A. Kiraz (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute): The Beth Mardutho Research Library: A Modest Beginning.

The Symposium will begin at 10 AM and end at 5 PM. A dinner will follow at a local restaurant (for which there will be a fee for those who choose to participate).

Those who would like to attend the symposium are requested to register with helpdesk [at] gorgiaspress [dot] com (please have the subject line read “Hugoye Symposium Registration”). Please provide your name, affiliation, contact information, whether you request parking, and whether you would like to attend the dinner. Registration is free (donations to Beth Mardutho to support the library are appreciated). Deadline for registration is April 15th, 2010.

Those attending from afar are expected to arrange for their own accommodation. Information can be found at http://www.piscatawaynj.org/hotels.

And secondly:

Internship : Cataloguer in Syriac and Arabic

Gorgias Press, an academic publishing firm based in Piscataway, NJ, is seeking applicants for a 3-month internship for the position of cataloguer in Syriac and Arabic. The candidate will be asked to catalogue books in Syriac and Arabic (mostly on Syriac topics) published in the Middle East during the 1800s and early 1900s. The cataloguing involves entering bibliographical information about the books (author, title, subject, etc.) in an Excel sheet, as well as writing a 200 word abstract in English for each of the books. A good command of Syriac and Arabic is required, as well as general knowledge in the field and literature. Strong writing skills in English are also required. The candidate is expected to catalog an average of 10 books a day. The candidate must be in residence in the area for the duration of the Internship (apart from weekends).

The candidate will receive free housing, a stipend totaling $2,250 payable in monthly installments (or $5,000 in Gorgias books), and up to $500 towards travel. The housing is in the same complex as the Gorgias office for female candidates, and 1 mile (20 minute walk, 2 minutes by car) for male candidates.

Piscataway is located 40 miles from New York City, and 30 miles from Princeton. The nearest train station is New Brunswick, 3 miles from Piscataway. The only public transportation available within Piscataway is taxis.

The position is open until filled. The candidate may start anytime between March and June, 2010. Interested applicants should send a CV, and letter expressing their interest to jobs [at] gorgiaspress [dot] com indicating their strength in Syriac and Arabic.


First International Symposium on “Batman”

So, an interesting email came in through the Hugoye Listserv a few days ago. Let me share the first bit of it with you:

(15 – 17 April 2008)

The city is not a simply inhabited space. Beyond that, it is a location of identity, belonging and dynamic human production processes. Seen from this perspective, Batman is an urban centre which appeared in the history quite late. […]

Now, when I was reading this, I did not have a very good night’s sleep (my daughter is in the middle of a teething fit) so I read the first line of the title and wondered to myself:

“Why is a comic book convention being advertised on a Syriac Language email list?”

Then I took a second look:

“Ahhh. Batman as in Batman Turkey, not Batman as in Batman & Robin.”

Posting about the irony of this back on the Hygoye list, I soon received an email from Mark Dickens, over at Clare Hall at Cambridge University, whose first reaction was very close to mine. After we chatted about things easily confusable with Batman besides Batman (such as Batnan… ooh headaches), he said something that made my day:

But then again, who knows, perhaps there is a Syriac version of the Batman comics waiting to be discovered in some musty scriptorium somewhere…

That would really be something! Just imagine an American comicbook superhero, ferreted away in a monastery somewhere by a monk, embarrassed by his western tastes in recreational reading material, only to be uncovered many years later and thrust center stage by international media. It’s a silly fantasy that only ancient language geeks like me would ever find funny or even entertain. 🙂

But then….. I thought to myself:

“What would Batman look like in Syriac?”

And a few hours later, prompted by a convenient and sudden episode of insomnia, I came up with this:

Batman: “Go! After him Robin!”
Robin: “He’s mine!”