The Project workshop in Warsaw

We held a workshop of the Presbyters in the Late Antique West project at the Institute of History (room 101) on Friday (20 May, 3 p.m.-6.30 p.m.) and Saturday (21 May, 9.30-1 p.m.). We presented our guest the beta version of the database, collected feedback, and discussed on research problems concerning late antique clergy, and more generally on the application of the methods and tools provided by digital humanities in the late antique scholarship.

The list of invited guests included Philippe Blaudeau (Angers), Juliette Day (Helsinki/Oxford) Julia Hillner (Sheffield), Isabelle Mossong (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut), Przemysław Nehring (Toruń), Claire Sotinel (Paris 12 – Val de la Marne), Jakub Urbanik (Warsaw), Ewa Wipszycka (Warsaw).

An excellent account (with images!) of the meeting can be found on the blog The Migration of Faith Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity (325 – 600), run by Julia Hillner.

The schedule of the workshop:


3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Presentation of the project.
3.30 p.m. – 4.15 p.m. What has already been done? The main research and two
‘collateral’ projects (Marta Szada and Jerzy Szafranowski).
4.15 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Coffee break
4.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Types of evidence and research problems: Short interventions
followed by discussion (each slot 15 minutes, including 8-10 minutes discussion)
Isabelle Mossong: epigraphy
Jakub Urbanik: law
Juliette Day: liturgy
Przemysław Nehring: property/poverty
Julia Hillner: mobility, interactions
Philippe Blaudeau: ecclesiastical politics
Claire Sotinel: church hierarchy, presbyters and bishops
Ewa Wipszycka: Egyptian perspective
7 p.m. Dinner at the Bibenda Restaurant, ul. Nowogrodzka 10


9.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. The database: Presentation, testing, feedback.
11 a.m. – 11.20 a.m. Coffee break
11.20 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. Discussion about the future research:
Questions we should ask (but possibly did not).
How our database can be used in other ways?
Is digital prosopography of Late Antiquity possible?
1 p.m. Lunch

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