Chinese Buddhist Historical Records in the Context of Digital Humanities

Description:

Date: October 21–25, 2019
Venue: Het Pand (Ghent University)

The Doctoral School’s specialist course will focus on historical literature, including local gazetteers and Transmission of the Lamp texts, of the Chinese Buddhist schools. While adopting a diachronic perspective, covering texts between the 10th and the 17th century, the special angle of the course is to relate the study of historical sources to modern technologies and most recent advances in Digital Humanities. This will offer students important insights in key Chinese text genres and their study based on modern research tools. This specialist course contributes to the FROGBEAR project.

Thanks to the generous support of the Tianzhu foundation, we are pleased to award up to 800 Euros in travel remuneration for 5 International PhD students. This money can be used for travel, accommodation, and meals. To apply for this travel grant, please send a one-page cover letter and your CV to

Lecturers

  • Prof. Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)
  • Prof. Christian Wittern (Kyoto University)
  • Prof. Christoph Anderl (Ghent University)
  • Sally Chambers (Center for Digital Humanities, Ghent)
  • Prof. Ann Heirman (Ghent University)

Tentative schedule

October 21 – 25, 2019
Day One, Monday
09:30: Welcome of the participants by the Doctoral School organizers (CA and AH)
10:00 – 11:00:* Lecture and discussion 1: Gazetteers literature, reference tools, and print editions of Buddhist Temple Gazetteers (MB)
11:15 – 12:15: Practice session 1: material in printed form (45 mins. practice, 15 mins reports) (MB)
12:15 – 14:15: Lunch break
14:15 – 15:15: Lecture and discussion 2: The Digital Archive of Chinese Buddhist Temple Gazetteers at DDBC (archive / dataset part) (MB)
15:30 – 16:30: Practice session 2: Digital datasets (45 mins. practice, 15 mins reports) (MB)

Day Two, Tuesday
10:00 – 11:00: Lecture and discussion 3: The Digital Archive of Chinese Buddhist Temple Gazetteers at DDBC (online interface) (MB)
11:15 – 12:15: Practice session 3: Working with the interface (45 mins practice, 15 mins reports) (MB)
12:15 – 14:15: Lunch break
14:15 – 15:00: Lecture and discussion 4: The Gazetteers of Mt. Putuo – Chinese whispers or reliable text witness? (MB)
15: 15 – 16:15: Text reading 1: Reading of selected historical sources (MB)
16:15 – 17:00: Discussions and Q&A with students (MB and CW)

Day Three, Wednesday
10:00 – 11:00:* Lecture and discussion 5: A short introduction to the Ghent Database of Chinese Medieval Texts as a flexible research tool (CA, with MB)
11:15 – 12:15: Text reading 2: Reading of selected passage of Zutang ji, from a linguistic perspective (CA)
12:15 – 14:15: Lunch break
14:15 – 15:15: Text reading 3: Reading of selected passage of Zutang ji, from a linguistic perspective (CA)
15:30 – 17:00:* Short presentation of Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities; Discussions and Q&A with students and Digital Humanities researchers from Ghent University: Recent trends in Digital Humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective (SC, MB, CW, CA)

Day Four, Thursday
10:00 – 12:00:* Lecture and discussion 6: Digitization of printed and manuscript historical records: general and specific problems, methods, and results (with example from recent digitization projects of Chan records and the Daoist canon) (CW, with MB and CA)
12:00 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 – 16:30: Text reading 4: Reading of selected Chan records (CW)

Day Five, Friday
10:00 – 12:00: Text reading 5: Reading of selected Chan records (CW)
12:00 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00: Text reading 6: Reading and discussion of selected Chan records (CW)
16:00 – 16:40: Final discussions and Q&A with students (CW, with MB und CA)

Lecturers /Speakers:
MB = Marcus Bingenheimer
CW = Christian Wittern
CA = Christoph Anderl
AH = Ann Heirman
SC = Sally Chambers (Digital Humanities Research Coordinator, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities)