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Latin Lexicography Summer School 2020

          The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute invites applications for its annual Latin Lexicography Summer School, which will take place in Munich from July 20 to 24, 2020. We welcome participation by researchers at any stage in their career whose work engages rigorously and critically with Latin vocabulary, whether in specific texts or across the entire corpus of ancient Latin. In addition to philology, relevant disciplines include intellectual history, epigraphy, linguistics, literary and textual criticism, medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, and theology. This year Prof. Wolfgang de Melo will be present as the scholar in residence.

          The program involves offers three types of activity. First, seminars and related exercises address Latin lexicography, the methods and format of the TLL, and specific challenging corpora (e.g. inscriptions, the vetus Latina Bible translation, ancient lexicography). Secondly, participants collaborate in the production of a short lexicographic entry, which will be published in a forthcoming fascicle (lemma to be determined). Lastly, there is daily time for participants’ own research in the Thesaurus Archive, supported by advice from researchers at the dictionary. Nevertheless, the time for independent research is very limited, and we encourage researchers with more extensive projects to plan a longer stay.

          The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute is home to the world’s most comprehensive record of the Latin language (ca. 600 BC to AD 600), consisting of over ten million hand-written notecards, and a world-class library of editions, commentaries, and relevant reference material. Many editions have have systematic cross-references to recent discussions of individual words in scholarly journals and other publications, as well as annotations from former owners and specialists (e.g. Eduard Fraenkel, Wilhelm Heraeus, Eduard Norden, Eduard Wölfflin). The Archive also contains all the unpublished material for the TLL Onomasticon, a record of all proper names and their derivatives (e.g. Homerus, palatium). The Bavarian Academy also houses the German Mittellateinisches Wörterbuch and is not far from the Bavarian State Library, the Ludwig-Maximilian University, and the Germany Archaeological Institute.

          The workshop begins at 9:30 am on July 20. Daily activities typically run from 9:30 until roughly 5pm, with some optional evening excursions. Participants are responsible for their own housing; occasional refreshments will be provided. The language of group instruction is English, but one-on-one support is available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

 

Application

          Applications must be received by February 1 by email to summerschool@thesaurus.badw.de. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a one- to two-page Statement of Benefit. The Statement should describe one or more words that you plan to investigate (whether or not they have been published in the TLL), why they are important for your research, and what questions you hope to address during your stay. It is important to show familiarity with existing lexicographic resources. Given the limited time available for independent research, we encourage you to set modest goals or consider a longer visit. Only fifteen participants can be accepted, who will be notified by February 15.

 

Contact: summerschool(at)thesaurus.badw.de

Application due: February 1

Participation fee: €80

Location: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539, Munich, Germany

Website: http://www.thesaurus.badw.de/en/summer-school.html