December 4, 2023
Aga Khan Centre, London (10 Handyside Street)
Join for this lecture, which will start with the work being advanced by a group of historians of Arabic and Iberian nautical sciences in Lisbon, including editions of Indian Ocean navigation classics, as well as recent curatorial work on a 19th-century diagrammatic encyclopaedia, the Dawā’ir al-‘Ulūm wa-Jadāwil al-Ruqūm. Showing examples of the codicological and palaeographic challenges involved, and considering the different avenues pursued towards digitization, the lecture will end with some reflections on the scope, possibilities, and desiderata of digital humanities techniques and standards when applied to this kind of manuscript material.
About the speaker: Juan Acevedo, AKU-ISMC Guest Scholar, is a graduate in Classics from the Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida, Venezuela) with a Ph.D. in History of Philosophy from the Warburg Institute (London). After years working as an editor on Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion, he is currently with the ERC RUTTER Project, University of Lisbon, studying early modern technoscience across Eurasia, in particular Arabic manuscripts on Indian Ocean navigation. His main research interest is in conceptual and cultural history, especially at the foundations, where cultures come together, and where metaphysics and craftsmanship overlap through shared cosmological principles.
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