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Digital Humanities Project with Columbia University

Jun 24, 2013

A new digital humanities project was awarded to Prof. Birgit Kellner, Chair in Buddhist Studies at the Cluster, who will collaborate in this project with Prof. Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University (New York).

The project is called SARIT (a Sanskrit word for “river”), which is short for Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts. It is one of four projects that were recently approved for funding within the DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program.

The SARIT project aims to enrich and further develop an existing repository of e-texts in Indic languages, which was initiated and continues to be driven by the visionary work of Dr. Dominik Wujastyk. The SARIT project will produce high-quality TEI-conformant digital editions of Sanskrit texts focused on three areas: Buddhist philosophy, Vedic hermeneutics, and literary theory. In addition, the SARIT website will be developed into an innovative collaborative platform for Indological research, tieing in with ongoing development work at the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA).

The Heidelberg subproject is currently (June 2013) seeking to fill the position of a project coordinator; click HERE for the job advertisement.


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  • Screenshot: SARIT database