The Roots of Writing

Post-graduate and Early Career Researchers Seminar Series on origins, developments and methodologies to investigate writing expressions

The Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies at the University of Bologna, in collaboration with the ERC INSCRIBE project and the RAM - Ricerche e Analisi Manoscritti Centre,  invites PhD students and researchers to present short contributions (about 15-20 minutes) on the topic of writing. 

The research Seminar Series 'The Roots of Writing' investigates the origins and evolutionary developments of various forms of writing, from the earliest signs to the digital age, comparing the methodologies and investigative techniques employed by various disciplines through an approach that is not only chronological but also conceptual. Although the use of symbols forms is a phenomenon that has been observed since prehistoric times, anthropological and cognitive aspects that distinguish the act of expressing thoughts, ideas, and information in two-dimensional graphic representations are elements that can also be found in more recent writing processes.

In addition, relevance will be given to issues concerning trends and changes in writing, as a reflection of the historical, cultural, technological and social dynamics that have determined the use and development of different graphic systems, different ways of producing and using signs and scripts throughout the course of human history.

The Seminar Series is open to all disciplines in the Humanities, from archaeological sciences, linguistics, political and social sciences to cognitive studies and aims to provide an informal pace to present ongoing research and to interact in constructive, multidisciplinary discussions.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please write to the organisers:

Mattia Cartolano mattia.cartolano@unibo.it
Roberta Napoletano roberta.napoletano3@unibo.it

The first seminar “Schemata sunt ornamenta eloquii: from dance to Scripture” will be presented on Wednesday 6th of April at 1pm (CET) by Donatella Tronca, from the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna. This seminar will be held in Italian language.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/275ew3aj

The next seminar “Voyage Through the Minoan Mind” will be on Wednesday 27th of April at 5pm (CET) and be presented by Arthur P.-E. Coppée, from the Department of Archaeology of the University of Oxford.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/2v5ku6zy

The third seminar “Scrivere in latino e scrivere in volgare a Bologna alla fine del Duecento” will be on Thursday 5th of April at 1pm (CET) and be presented by Annafelicia Zuffrano from the Department of Philology of the University of Bologna. This seminar will be held in Italian.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/2y3cd4nn

The fourth seminar “Alcune prospettive teoriche sulla scrittura: dall’ontologia alla semiotica” will be on Thursday 19th of May at 1pm (CET) and be presented by Marco Giacomazzi from the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies of the University of Bologna. This seminar will be held in Italian.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/4vwrjpjd

The fifth seminar “La scrittura come strumento di agency” will be on Thursday 26th of May at 1pm (CET) and be presented by Roberta Zanasi from the Department of Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Bologna. This seminar will be held in Italian.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/bdexkjey

The sixth seminar “Segni e comunicazione grafica nel Neolitico preceramico mediorientale” will be on Wednesday 8th of June at 1pm (CET) and be presented by Mattia Cartolano from the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies of the University of Bologna. This seminar will be held in Italian.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/mn6mcpxf

The seventh seminar “Scritture scartate, supporti riutilizzati” will be on Wednesday 21th of June at 1pm (CET) and be presented by Roberta Napoletano from the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies of the University of Bologna. This seminar will be held in Italian.

The event will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/mjr8wxw9