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Latin Lexicography Summer School: 22 July–26 July, 2019

The Thesaurus linguae Latinae Institute announces its second Latin Lexicography Summer School, a one-week event in Munich, July 22 to 26, 2019. We invite participation by researchers at any stage in their career whose work involves the rigorous evaluation of Latin words in any aspect, ranging from their use in specific texts or their changing significance across the entire corpus of ancient Latin. In addition to philology, relevant disciplines include conceptual and intellectual history, epigraphy, linguistics, literary and textual criticism, medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, and theology. This year Professor James N. Adams will be present as a scholar in residence.

The program involves offers three types of activity. First, seminars and related exercises will address Latin lexicography, the methods and format of the TLL, and particularly challenging corpora (e.g. inscriptions, the vetus Latina Bible translation, ancient lexicography). Secondly, participants will collaborate in the production of a short lexicographic entry, which will be published in a forthcoming fascicle (lemma to be determined by the editors). Lastly, there will be daily time for participants’ own research in the Thesaurus Archive, supported by advice from researchers at the dictionary. Unfortunately, the time for independent research is limited by other activities, and we encourage researchers with more extensive projects to arrive earlier, stay longer than a week, or plan a visit at another occasion, which is always welcome.

The Thesaurus linguae Latinae Institute is home to the world’s most comprehensive record of the Latin language (ca. 600 BC to AD 600), consisting of over ten million hand-written notecards, and a world-class library of editions, commentaries, and relevant reference material. Many of these texts have been annotated by former owners and specialists (e.g. Eduard Fraenkel, Wilhelm Heraeus, Friedrich Leo, Eduard Norden, Eduard Wölfflin). These texts also have systematic cross-references to recent discussions of individual words in scholarly journals and other publications. In addition, the Archive contains all the unpublished material for the TLL Onomasticon, consisting of all proper names and their derivatives (e.g. Homerus, palatium). The Bavarian Academy also houses the German Mittellateinisches Wörterbuch, with an extensive library of medieval texts, and is walking distance from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which has an outstanding Latin manuscript collection, as well as the excellent libraries of the Institut für Klassische Philologie at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.            

Practicalities

The workshop begins at 9:30 am on July 22. Daily activities will typically run from 9:30 until 5pm over the course of the week, with some optional excursions. Participants are responsible for their own housing; occasional refreshments will be provided. The language of group instruction is English, but one-on-one support is available in several languages (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish). A Certificate of Participation is available upon submission of a short report on your research findings, which will be stored in the Archive for future researchers to consult.

Application

Applications must be received by March 1 by email. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a one- to two-page Statement of Benefit. The Statement should briefly describe one or more words that you plan to investigate (whether or not they have been published in the TLL), why they are important for your research, and what questions you hope to address during your stay. It is important to show familiarity with existing lexicographic resources. Given the limited time available for independent research, we encourage you to set modest goals and/or plan for a longer stay. Only fifteen participants can be accepted, and successful applicants will be notified by March 15.

Summary

Contact: summerschool[at]thesaurus.badw.de

Application due: March 1

Participation fee: €70

Location: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539, Munich, Germany

Website: www.thesaurus.badw.de/summerschool