Twice Written Tales: On First Looking into Palimpsests and Other Hidden Texts
This talk is a featured presentation of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) on Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds. This event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and community members.
Lunch is sponsored by the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Please register to ensure we order enough food for everyone.
Abstract: Every handmade object tells two tales. One story is aesthetic: what a painting depicts or a manuscript says. The other, often hidden story, is historical: who made the object, why, where, when, and with what. Or, even more provocatively, what a painting originally showed, or a manuscript originally said before it was repainted, edited, or censored. This talk is about recovering the second, hidden story of cultural heritage objects some of which have changed the course of world history: texts, maps, globes, cave paintings.
Bio: Gregory Heyworth is associate professor of English and Textual Science and director of the Lazarus Project. He is a medievalist and founder of the discipline of textual science, a combination of the traditional scholarly skills of paleography, codicology and bibliography, with material-, imaging-, and data-science. With secondary appointments in History and Computer Science, Heyworth's research lies primarily in the recovery of damaged manuscripts and cultural heritage objects using spectral imaging and machine learning, as well as in the editing of texts, the history of the book and of cartography, and classical influence upon insular and continental romance and satire of the Middle Ages.
Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wegmans Hall, Auditorium 1400
250 Hutchison Rd, Rochester, NY 14620