Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beyond Free-Variation: Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period

I just heard about this conference in Oxford on 14-16 September.
‘Beyond Free-Variation’ is devoted to the micro-analysis of Egyptian scribal texts and the variation found therein, be it palaeographic, orthographic, or linguistic. The conference aims to raise questions and identify problems related to variation across boundaries of time and period, including ancient Egyptian, Demotic, Coptic, Greek, Latin, and Arabic. By adopting such a comparative and diachronic approach, our overarching aim is to address the stability, or instability, of scribal conventions over time, across languages, and political/cultural changes.
There are no papers on biblical texts (so far as I can see), but some of the papers do discuss some interesting issues. There is a conference web site, and here are some abstracts.


Christian Askeland said...

I am guessing that Anne Boud’hors will discuss variations in Sahidic Mark and in the broader Fayumic NT. Eitan Grossman has formerly worked with Bohairic biblical texts, so I would not be surprised if these factored into his paper. Both are excellent scholars. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it as I did not hear of the conference soon enough. Too bad.