Project NOTAE Lectures

Around a research project and beyond

Series 2019-2020

Location: Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome, CU003 (Faculty of “Lettere e Filosofia”),  Third Floor, Department of “Storia Religioni Arte Spettacolo“, Room “A di Studi storico religiosi”

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Friday, November 29, 2019 –  5:00 pm

Evina Steinová

Huygens Institut of Netherland History, Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam

Notae in the early medieval Western manuscripts: how can we study them and what can we learn from them?

Annotation symbols, called in Latin notae, are a rather common feature of the Western manuscript books since Classical Antiquity. These minute atextual signs entered in the margins of the book served many functions, communicating information about its content and purpose, and providing additional layers of use. Their importance in both Classical and medieval book cultures in the Latin West can be best demonstrated by the fact that literate elites of these cultures have created elaborate intellectual traditions surrounding the practice of annotation by means of symbols. Scholars have relied on the written accounts produced by these intellectual elites both in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages to decipher their meaning and understand their purpose. However, as is the case with other praxis-base phenomena, written accounts cannot be trusted – they often served ideological needs of particular communities, or at least reflect a short-term and unreliable perspective of a few, their authors were prone to error and bias, and in some cases even engaged in outright fabulation, and above all, it is clear that texts about notae fail to discuss most of the notae known from the manuscript evidence, as these were not part of an established narrative canon. For this reason, paleographic analysis of manuscript evidence proved to be a more reliable source for the study of notae in ancient and medieval Western manuscripts, albeit not one without its own limits and shortcomings. What can we learn about the practice of using symbols, rather than words or images, for the annotation of manuscripts in Antiquity and the Middle Ages from manuscripts annotated by signs? Can the insights gained from paleographical and quantitative analysis be matched with insights from textual evidence?

Friday, December 13, 2019 – 5:00 pm

Francesco Leotta
Massimo Mecella

Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica, automatica e gestionale, Sapienza – Università di Roma, ERC-2017-AdG project NOTAE

A (short) introduction to data management and artificial intelligence applied to digital humanities

Digital humanities is a discipline standing at the crossroad between computer science and humanistic disciplines. In this seminar, we will see how database management systems, artificial intelligence (in particular machine learning and computer vision), advanced user interfaces, search engines and knowledge graphs, which are mature research and application areas in computer science can be applied in digital humanities to ease the life and the work of different kinds of stakeholders including final (non expert) users, experts and researchers in humanities and curators. We will also analyse how these technologies have been applied in several research projects, and what are the research directions and perspectives for the NOTAE project.

Friday, January 31, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Dario Internullo (Università degli studi Roma Tre)

Papiro e pergamena nelle pratiche documentarie dell’Occidente altomedievale. Risultati, limiti e prospettive di una ricerca

Friday, February 28, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Antonio Enrico Felle (Università degli studi di Bari) e Silvia Orlandi (Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Sapienza – Università di Roma)

Messaggi verbali e non verbali nella comunicazione epigrafica: l’esperienza di EAGLE e EDB

Friday, March 27, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Paolo Tedesco (Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen)

La transizione dal Tardo Antico al Primo Medioevo: Questioni di storia economica e sociale

Friday, April 24, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Teresa De Robertis (Università degli studi di Firenze)

La nuova scrittura comune romana in un papiro documentario inedito del VI secolo

Friday, May 29, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Ildar Garipzanov (University of Oslo)

Nota adamantina: Occult caracteres in Carolingian Europe

Friday, June 26, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Ainoa Castro Correa (University of Salamanca, Principal Investigator ERC-2019-StG project PeopleAndWriting)

Writing and Reading in Visigothic Spain

Friday, September 25, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Marc Smith (École nationale des chartes, Centre Jean Mabillon, Paris)

Alfabetismo e cultura scritta nella Francia merovingica

Friday, October 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm.  

Lucio Del Corso (Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale)

I simboli grafici nella produzione documentaria dell’Egitto tardoantico