The 51st Conference on Editorial Problems
Sponsored by the Committee on Editorial Problems at St Michael's College
The main goal of this workshop is to encourage a transcultural discussion of how premodern theoretical writing about language travels in terms both of geography and time, and to contribute to a nascent expansion of the premodern beyond traditional Eurocentric boundaries. The papers explore problems of translation, multilingualism and cultural identity that arise from linguistic practices in a variety of premodern contexts, and will generate comparative, cross-cultural dialogue about the opportunities and problems presented by the editing, translation or adaptation of theoretical texts on language, a phenomenon both modern and premodern.
In order to achieve this goal, a dynamic group of scholars from a variety of fields within Medieval and Early Modern Studies will gather for a two-day workshop at the University of Toronto in order to explore and discuss how the normative Latin and Romance textual cultures of premodern Europe may be brought into a conversation with ideas about language and philological practices in cultures ranging from twelfth-century Japan, seventeenth-century Mughal India, the medieval Islamicate world, and Hebrew language culture in fifteenth-century Iberia, a range that is striking in its diversity.
Friday, 18 November 2016
Fred Unwalla (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies): Welcoming Remarks
Jill Ross (University of Toronto): Language in Motion. Introductory Remarks
Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania): Retrospective Editing
Simon Gaunt (King’s College London): Locating the Text in Motion: Why Edit Manuscripts Rather than Texts?
Jeannie Miller (University of Toronto): Al-Jahiz’s Two Aristotles
Saturday, 19 November 2016
9:00-9:30 Coffee and Muffins
Arthur Dudney (University of Cambridge): Multilingualism and the Translatio studii from Persian to Urdu
(Chair: Chris Piuma, University of Toronto)
Jill Ross (University of Toronto): The Conversion of Poetry: Poetics and Cultural Identity in a Late Medieval Hebrew Rhyming Dictionary from the Crown of Aragon
David Lurie (Columbia University): Poetry Commentary and the Vernacularization of Chinese Philology in Early Medieval Japan”
Alexander Key (Stanford University): Small Sets of (Very Important) Interrelated Terms in Eleventh-Century Arabic
Simone Ventura (King’s College London): The Scribe as Linguist in the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César’s Textual Tradition
Martin Camargo (University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana): The Critical Edition as Procrustean Bed? Two Case Histories from the Fourteenth-Century Oxford Renaissance of Rhetoric
For more information please contact Professor Jill Ross (email@example.com)