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Recovering the Material and Visual Cultures of the Southern Sudan: A Museological Resource

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The cultures of Southern Sudan have been central to anthropological research and teaching since the publication of Evans-Pritchard’s classic works on the Zande and Nuer in the 1930s and 1940s. A number of collections from Evans-Pritchard and other figures in the history of the study of the cultures of the Southern Sudan are represented in the collections of the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum.

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Co-edited commentary on Augustine, City of God

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

Augustine, bishop (397-430) of Hippo in North Africa, was one of the most influential writers of the western world. He wrote City of God (De Civitate Dei, 412-26) in response to charges that Gothic troops were able to sack the 'eternal city' of Rome (410) because the gods of Rome were offended by Christian neglect.

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Imaging papyri at Oxford

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

Oxyrhynchus is a city in Upper Egypt, located about 160 km south-southwest of Cairo, in the governorate of Al Minya. It is also an archaeological site, considered one of the most important ever discovered. For the past century, the area around Oxyrhynchus has been continually excavated, yielding an enormous collection of papyrus texts dating from the time of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods of Egyptian history. Many of these texts are available online through the Imaging papyri at Oxford project.

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Scene details in Ancient Egyptian monuments: Oxford Expedition's electronic database and publications project (c.2960 - 2040 BC).

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

"The resource known as the Linacre College Oxford Expedition: Scene-details Database was envisaged by its author in the early 1980s - but the opportunity to devise the initial framework and content of a database, and to undertake the academic and technical work necessary for its publication online, did not present itself until much later, in 2003.

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Early Nigerian Qur’anic manuscripts: an interdisciplinary study of the Kanuri glosses and Arabic commentaries

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

Early Nigerian Qur’anic Manuscripts (ENiQMa) is an interdisciplinary project exploring a unique resource on Kanuri, an important West African language, and investigating the history of Islamic/Qur’anic studies in the Kanem-Borno Empire, which originated in the 9th century A.D. to the northeast of Lake Chad. Kanuri, together with its related variety Kanembu, is spoken by over four million people in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. The main study areas covered by ENiQMa include linguistic analysis of Old Kanembu data and examination of the Islamic manuscripts in this same language.

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Stress in Nilotic - a typological challenge

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The main focus of the project is the way tone, vowel length and voice quality work in several dialects of Dinka. We are also interested in how different dialects relate to each other, and how tone etc. are expressed in song and writing. The project has a strong documentation component, including the further development of the Dinka Prosody Data Collection, an electronic resource comprising 5689 utterance tokens from a total of 10 speakers. The project recorded and compared speech and song to understand how the structure of language and the structure of song are related to each other.

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Post-Colonial Negotiations: Visualising the Franco-Algerian Relationship in the Post-War Period

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

This project will consider how colonial and post-colonial relations between France and Algeria have been represented since the outbreak of the Algerian War (1954-62), and will track the shifting way in which the idea or myth of 'Algeria' has been constructed, portrayed and understood in France during that time. The results will be disseminated through the blog and multi-media postcards as well as academic outputs.

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Metre and Melody in Dinka Speech and Song

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

This project examines 'prosodic' or 'suprasegmental' phenomena in linguistic sound systems - elements that add to meaning like pitch, tone of voice, tempo - that are difficult to portray in writing. In this project we propose to study suprasegmental features in Dinka, a language of Southern Sudan.

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The John Rylands Cairo Genizah Project

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The University of Manchester holds a collection of around 11,000 fragments, mostly written in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo dating from the 10th to the 19th century AD and including religious and literary texts, documentary sources, letters, and material relating to grammar, philosophy, medicine, astrology and astronomy.

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