Manusciences ’15 — a Franco-German Summer School for interdisciplinary approaches to manuscript studies
EMEL Director Michael Phelps and Imaging Scientist Roger Easton of Rochester Institute of Technology will discuss the use of spectral imaging to recover obscured information from manuscripts and other treasures of our cultural heritage at Manusciences ’15.
Fr. Justin Sinaites Discusses the Sinai Palimpsests Project
February 28th 2014, Brookline, MA
Keynote For The 2014 Graduate Student Conference On Byzantine Studies
|Date||Feb 28, 2014|
|Time||7:00 PM – 8:00 PM|
|Location||Hellenic College Holy Cross50 Goddard AveBrookline, MA 02445-7415|
|Building||Maliotis Cultural Center|
About the Speaker
Hieromonk Justin Sinaites is the Librarian of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai.
A Texas native, Fr. Justin grew up in El Paso and studied English literature and history at the University of Texas at Austin, where he discovered Byzantium and the Orthodox faith. He spent over twenty years at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline before remaking his home at St. Catherine’s Monastery in 1996. Responsible for the library’s 3,300 manuscripts, 8,000 early printed books, and archive of material documenting the monastery’s long history, Fr. Justin is deeply involved with the monastery’s efforts to document and make accessible its many treasures, among them digitally photographing the monastery’s manuscript collection and partnering in the Codex Sinaiticus Project.
The monastery is now collaborating with the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL) and an international group of scholars on the Sinai Palimpsests Project, which uses multi-spectral imaging to reveal and allow scholars to identify the layers of texts on the monastery’s large collection of palimpsests.Watch Fr. Justin’s lecture, An Ark in the Wilderness, recorded at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston on November 6, 2010.
Sinai Palimpsests Project Conference
University of Vienna, Austria
Eighteen scholars, four imaging scientists, and other experts participating in the Sinai Palimpsests Project met for three days at the University of Vienna. His Eminence Archbishop Damianos of Sinai opened the conference by welcoming all attendees and closed it by inspiring everyone in attendance with his vision of future priorities for scholarship and digital documentation of the cultural heritage preserved by the monastery. Father Justin Sinaites opened the conference with a public presentation about the project and the palimpsests preserved by the monastery.
The conference opened dialogue between the scientists, who work to maximize the legibility of the erased texts, and scholars, who identify and paleographically describe the recovered texts. A feedback loop between scientists and scholars will improve both image product of the project and the scholarly interpretation of the contents of those images.
Snow in Sinai
December 2013 — Imaging team encounters snow in Sinai.
This much snow in Sinai is a once in a decade event.