Tiny Voices From the Past: a research project

A research project, centered at the University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts, and Ideas, is approaching its end. The project (2013-2016) studies the lives of children and attitudes to childhood at a culturally formative stage of European culture: Antiquity and the Early/High Middle Ages. It covers the period from the fifth century BC to the twelfth century AD, but with an emphasis on the period from the first to the eight century.

The project focuses particularly on three types of material:

  • Early Christian apocryphal stories about the childhoods of Jesus and his mother Mary (the Infancy Gospels of Thomas and James),
  • Works by central thinkers (philosophical, theological, political) which reflect different notions about children and childhood, and
  • Material and remains that can in various ways document the lives and experiences of the children themselves (children’s letters, papyrus documents, toys, stories etc.).

Further information about background, methology and scope of the project can be found here (Pdf).

As a part of this project, there will be a Seminar with guest lecturer Professor Margaret MacDonald, Dean of Arts, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax; Canada, presenting “Bringing Children to the Forefront: Small People, Big Questions”

“Taking MacDonald’s recent book The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World as a point of departure, researchers involved in Childhood Studies, Ancient History and New Testament Studies will introduce a discussion on what role different kinds of children may have played, how/if we can get access to traces of real children in the sources, and how childhood perspectives may challenge given ideas about early Christian families, societies and power systems.”

Time and place:
Oct 13, 2015 01:15 PM – 03:00 PM, U305, Domus Theologica, University of Oslo

The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL)

Some relevant news from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, at New York University:

Quote 1:

The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World(ISAW) at New York University. AWDL will identify, collect, curate, and provide access to a broad range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world.

With NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS), AWDL is developing mechanisms to digitize, preserve, and host digitized print and born-digital scholarly content. We are actively soliciting partnershipswith publishers, scholarly societies, organizations, and individuals who hold the rights to scholarly content as we expand our collection.

For additional information related to AWDL, DLTS, or other ISAW digital initiatives, please subscribe to theISAW Library Blog and/or contact David M. Ratzan, Head Librarian, ISAW.”

Quote 2:

“The ISAW Library is a full-service, non-circulating library of approximately 40,000 volumes related to the history, language, literature, and material culture of the ancient world from the Mediterranean to China. Our collections are searchable via Bobcat, the catalog of print and electronic resources of NYU Libraries.”

Quote 3:

“The ISAW Library and NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) are pleased to announce that they have partnered with the American Society of Papyrologists (ASP) to digitize and publish American Studies in Papyrology, the ASP’s scholarly monographic series, on the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL). An initial selection of fifteen volumes were published this week, with more volumes to follow later this year.

Each digital object published on AWDL has a unique, persistent URL, may be downloaded as a PDF, and has been cataloged with high-quality MARC records, so that it is discoverable from both Bobcat (NYU’s Library catalog) and WorldCat. The current ASP volumes have already been linked to the authoritative online checklist of editions maintained on papyri.info, thanks to the team at the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3).”