Conference: ENCODE Project – Multilingual and Multicultural Digital Infrastructures for Ancient Written Artefacts

On 2 November 2021 the 3rd ENCODE Project Conference (Multilingual and Multicultural Digital Infrastructures for Ancient Written Artefacts) will take place. This online conference is organized by the Ancient History research unit of KU Leuven as part of the ENCODE cooperative.

ENCODE brings together six partners within a three-year Erasmus+ Strategic partnership for higher education: Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Julius Maximilian Universität Würzburg, KU Leuven, Università degli studi di Parma, Universität Hamburg, Universitetet I Oslo. ENCODE aims at enhancing essential digital competencies in the humanistic training and teaching of ancient writing cultures. Specialized disciplines in the humanities which deal with ancient written artefacts have embraced digital change by developing tools for new forms of participatory research and collaborative publishing. In order to prepare graduate students and researchers as professionals who will thrive in this innovative context, new competencies and training are required in the rapidly evolving field of Digital Humanities and AI.

The ENCODE Project Conference will contribute to the acquisition of these skills by providing a program filled with inspiring lectures, giving voice to a wide range of experts in the field of digital infrastructures for research on ancient texts. Speakers are: James Cowey (, Universität Heidelberg), Kim Pham (MPIWG, Berlin), Pascal Belouin (MPIWG, Berlin), Matthew Munson (Formulae – Litterae – Chartae, Universität Hamburg), and Mark Depauw (Trismegistos, KU Leuven).

The conference will take place online via Microsoft Teams. You can find the full program and registration form here. Registrations are open until 1 November.

Additionally, ENCODE will also organize the 2nd ENCODE Intensive Training event on Multilingual and Multicultural Digital Infrastructures for Ancient Written Artefacts on 3-5 November 2021. These workshops will be held online as well. Sessions will take place in the morning (10.00 – 13.00 CET) and afternoon (14.00 – 17.00 CET). Workshop leaders are: James Cowey (, Universität Heidelberg), Mark Depauw (Trismegistos, KU Leuven), Irene Vagionakis (DiSCi, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna), Pietro Liuzzo (Universität Hamburg), Marta Fogagnolo (DiSCi, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna), Daria Elagina (Universität Hamburg), Toon Van Hal (Pedalion, KU Leuven) and Reuben Pitts (CEIPoM, KU Leuven).  The full workshop program with the timing and the call for participation is available here. All applicants for the workshop are invited to attend the general conference on 2 November. Because of the training event’s hands-on and collaborative approach, capacity is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. The deadline for applications is 25 October 2021. On 26 October the selected participants will be informed. For more information please contact Tom Gheldof ( from the Ancient History research unit.




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