Researchers and graduate students are invited to submit applications for a practical workshop on material reconstruction of the DSS using digital tools.
The workshop will be a two-day, in-person, intensive course of a technical nature, where we will introduce participants to a wide variety of software and demonstrate many digital techniques. The workshop will not merely be theoretical but will include hands-on practice of methods and procedures required for digital reconstruction of scroll fragments, using participants’ personal computers; each participant will choose or be assigned a section of a scroll on which to work for the duration of the workshop.
The goal of the workshop is to establish familiarity with the tools and methodology used in the digital reconstruction of ancient manuscripts and to provide the practical tools for an independent continuation of such research. The workshop will be held February 6-7, 2023, at the Mount Scopus Campus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. There is no cost for the workshop itself, but participants will cover the cost of their own travel; accommodations will be partly subsidized (the Orion Center will assist you in reserving a room at Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club). The Center will provide letters of acceptance that may be used to seek travel funding from home institutions. We gratefully acknowledge the Father Takeji Otsuki Chair of Biblical Studies, held by Prof. Michael Segal, and the World Union of Jewish Studies, for their generous support of the workshop.
The workshop will be conducted in Hebrew or English, depending on the makeup of the group. Applicants are asked to fill out the application form at the link below. Please note: a one-page letter stating your academic background and interest in the topic of the workshop is required. The number of places is limited. Preference will be given to those with a background in Qumran scrolls research.
Workshop facilitators: Dr. Asaf Gayer, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Ariel University. Dr. Hila Dayfani, Center for Digital Humanities and Bible Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Oriel Centre for the Study of the Bible, University of Oxford.