A research school in early languages and digital philology has been awarded funding from The Swedish Research Council (2023–2027), hosted by the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University and coordinated by Ingela Nilsson. The profile of the research school partly overlaps with the interests of Retracing Connections and thus opens for fruitful collaboration over the coming years.

The aim of the research school DigPhil is to create a strong and state-of-the-art doctoral research environment for PhD students in early languages in Sweden. In light of recent developments in digital philology and Digital Humanities at large, many of the comparatively small research units for ancient and medieval languages (ranging from Greek and Latin to various medieval and early modern languages) are struggling to keep a sound balance between traditional methods and modern developments. The proposed research school would allow an efficient coordination of competences and resources, so that Sweden will equip PhD students in early languages with relevant tools to work as modern philologists. These tools include a better understanding of the philological tradition and its relation to Comparative Literature and Linguistics, but also a general competence in Digital Humanities that enables not only a successful career in digital philology, but also interdisciplinary collaboration with computational linguists and computer scientists. Such a development would stop the current trend towards isolation and, on the contrary, help put philology back into the Humanities and in touch with the Social Sciences.

The Swedish Institute at Athens and the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul present the Gustav Karlsson Lecture on Byzantine Culture and Literature, given by Stratis Papioannou (University of Crete & Swedish Institute at Athens), on the topic of Readerly Pleasures in Byzantium

The lecture takes place on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 19h (Athens time), at the Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, and via zoom link. To participate either way, please register


Three of our team members, Christian Høgel, Daria Resh and Stratis Papaioannou will participate in the 6th Interantional Byzantine Seminar Lecture Series at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC) at the Northeast Normal University in Changchun (China), under the general theme Realism in Hagiography. The dates and titles below. The seminars will be held online. To register and join, contact the organizer

On May 8, 2022 from 13.30 to 16.30, a group of Retracing Connections researchers will present their individual and group research to Stockholmers Medelhavsmuseet in Swedish, Danish and English. 

Some stories seem to be particularly suitable for being translated and adapted. They are distributed over large parts of the world in different versions. How do such translations and adaptations work? The Medelhavsmuseets vänner organized a discussion about current research on the winding paths of storytelling, on Byzantine stories in different languages.

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Kosovo and the UN, national interests and ethnic conflicts – an evening of political and personal reflections with a point of departure in the book by Karin Rudebeck, Kosovo och FN – Ögonblicksbilder från en dagbok (2020).
A conversation in Swedish among the author Karin Rudebeck and political journalist Bitte Hammargren, moderated by Retracing Connections’ Ingela Nilsson, about the sadly current issues of nationalism, ethnic identity, cultural heritage and personal responsibility.
At the Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, 26 April, 18.00, organized by Svenska Istanbulinstitutets vänförening in collaboration with publisher Appell förlag and Retracing Connections.  

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