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Textual criticism and Genetics - Confronting methods

Critique textuelle et génétique - Confrontation des méthodes

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Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2004Tuesday, March 23, 2004 by Natalie Petiteau


Ce workshop interdisciplinaire rassemble des généticiens et des historiens du texte afin d'évaluer la validité d'une application de méthodes issues de la biologie à l'étude critique des traditions textuelles.


Call For Papers

Textual criticism and Genetics - Confronting methods

Interdisciplinary Workshop

1 - 3 September 2004

Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)






Although the application of phylogenetic methods (using softwares such as PAUP or PHYLIP) to philological problems already led to notable results (see bibliography : http://www.gena.ucl.ac.be/leuven2004/), this transfer of methods from one field of knowledge to another remains controversial. This workshop intends to meet the expectations of those researchers who are interested in this interdisciplinary approach and to answer the questions raised by sceptical scientists and scholars, such as : are these new tools applicable to all textual traditions? are they only an efficient way of dealing with part of the process of critical edition or more than that? are they providing new insights about the data and the philological work in general? how can we compare the output of those methods, viz. evolutive trees initially designed for biologists, with a classical stemma codicum?

To reach these goals, the workshop will be organised along two lines :

- sharing expertise between active researchers in Critical Editing and Genetics by providing a common tribune;

- experimenting on real datasets in order to explicitly and quantitatively assess the efficiency of the available tools from both the field of genetics and the field of stemmatology.





If you wish to actively take part in this interdisciplinary meeting, those are the three options that are offered :

- to participate to the Stemma Analysis Workshop itself;

A set of real or computer-simulated data will be distributed to investigators by the end of May. Results of analysis will be discussed during the meeting and compared with the actual pedigree of the manuscripts.

- to present a short paper or a poster (about a work in progress, new project, new edition...);

- to make a demonstration of a software or a method.


There is no registration fee, but participants might be asked to pay for their conference dinner and transportation to Louvain-la-Neuve.

Registration deadline is April 30, 2004.

May we kindly ask you to send the registration form (see below) to Caroline Macé: Caroline.Mace@hiw.kuleuven.ac.be

Program (Provisonal)

Wednesday Sept. 1st - Leuven

13h Welcoming of participants

Session I - General Introduction and Theoretical Issues

14h15-15h Introductory Lecture : P. Robinson (De Montfort University, UK) and C. Howe (Cambridge University, UK), (title to be announced)

15h-15h30 P. Baret (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and C. Macé (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), "Mechanisms of Evolution of Beings and Texts"

15h30-16h15 A. Bozzi (C.N.R. Pisa, Italy) and M. S. Corradini (Università di Pisa, Italy), "The DiPhiloS workstation for critical apparatus management: some experiments on medieval provençal texts"

16h30-18h Five short papers (15 min each)

18h30 Conference Dinner

Thursday Sept. 2 - Louvain-la-Neuve


Session II - Workshop on distributed data and methods of analysis

10h-10h45 A. Goffeau and B. De Hertogh (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), "How biologists read and interpret trees" (to be confirmed)

10h45 Workshop

14h30-16h Five short reports and works in progress (15 min each)

16h15 Presentations of softwares and projects

Friday Sept. 3 - Leuven


Session III - Divergent Views, Prospects and Conclusions

9h-9h45 B. Roosen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), "How to cope with a large manuscript tradition without a computer?"

9h45-10h30 D. Van Hulle (Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium), "Modern authors as genetic engineers"

10h45-11h30 M. Soltz (Universität Basel, Switzerland), "Unrooted trees and networks. Perspectives in stemmatology"

11h30-12h15 Concluding Lecture (speaker to be announced)

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Peter Van Deun and Dr. Bram Roosen, Instituut voor Vroegchristelijke en Byzantijnse studies, K.U.L., Leuven (Belgium)

Prof. Dr. Philippe Baret and Anne-Catherine Lantin, Unit of Genetics, Faculty of bioengineering, agricultural and environmental sciences, U.C.L., Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)


Prof. Dr. Carlos Steel and Dr. Caroline Macé, De Wulf-Mansioncentrum, K.U.L., Leuven (Belgium)


Dr. Dirk Van Hulle, Antwerp James Joyce Centre, Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium)


Prof. Dr. Peter Robinson and Dr. Barbara Bordalejo, Centre for Technology and the Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester (UK)


Textual criticism and Genetics - Confronting methods

1 - 3 September 2004

Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)



Registration Form

to be sent to Caroline Macé: Caroline.Mace@hiw.kuleuven.ac.be

K.U.L. - De Wulf-Mansioncentrum

Kard. Mercierplein, 2

B-3000 Leuven (Belgium)

before April 30, 2004

Surname :

First Name :

Title :

Institution :

Professionnal Address :

Phone Number (Optional) :

Email Address :

I would like to attend the conference

I would also like to :

(1) Receive the data set and participate to the workshop

To process the data, I will be using this method :

(2) Give a short paper (10-20 minutes)

Title :

(3) Present a poster, a new project...

Title :

(4) Make a demonstration of a software

Title :




  • Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Leuven, Belgium


  • Wednesday, September 01, 2004Wednesday, September 01, 2004
  • Friday, September 03, 2004Friday, September 03, 2004


  • Caroline Macé
    courriel : Caroline [dot] Mace [at] hiw [dot] kuleuven [dot] ac [dot] be

Information source

  • Caroline Macé
    courriel : Caroline [dot] Mace [at] hiw [dot] kuleuven [dot] ac [dot] be

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« Textual criticism and Genetics - Confronting methods », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2004Tuesday, March 23, 2004, https://calenda.org/188942

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