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  • 2021/03/06

    The collection of the slides of the Workshop “Ancient India meets Data Science” held on February11, 2022 is available here (PDF 9.9MB) 

  • 2021/03/06

    The second and concluding Workshop of our project “Ancient India meets Data Science” was held on February 11, 2022. Videos are available in “Events” page (the 2nd Workshop) or from the links below:
    Kyoko Amano https://youtu.be/6i_Hb3PeV6k 
    Hiroaki Natsukawa https://youtu.be/97ap2VvcXa0 
    Yuki Kyogoku https://youtu.be/8CHr9m_jDfc 
    So Miyagawa https://youtu.be/wcz_6yG2z2A 
    Oliver Hellwig, Sebastian Nehrdich https://youtu.be/g-J8eGTDlvs 
    Concluding remark by Oliver Hellwig https://youtu.be/e4GabJOEsqo 

  • 2021/02/07

    Prior to the coming Workshop, we released the recording of the Workshop 2021. Videos are available in “Events” page (The 1st Workshop) or from the links below:
    Opening (Kyoko Amano) https://youtu.be/lqui4kWUnWo 
    Hiroaki Natsukawa https://youtu.be/OqEJMSTwewg 
    Kyoko Amano https://youtu.be/bxQOeuKR5sQ 
    Shun Hamachi https://youtu.be/MWogMERLhJg 
    Yuki Kyogoku https://youtu.be/t2HOjzkLi_I 
    Oliver Hellwig https://youtu.be/FfVGR3hyO0s 
    Shigeki Moro https://youtu.be/fffD2Q8IqYk 
    Discussion https://youtu.be/9MjnpnLGrfo 

  • 2021/12/31

    The second and concluding workshop of this project “Ancient India meets Data-Science” will be held on Feburary 11, 2022 (16-19 JST = 8-11 CET).
    Please register using Google form here: https://forms.gle/5ZSxvieyHhArV2gF9 
    Download Flyer (PDF 601KB) 

  • 2021/11/02

    On Feburary 11, 2022 (16-19 JST = 8-11 CET), the second and concluding workshop of this project “Ancient India meets Data-Science” will be held online. It is also a Kick-off of our new project “A Study of Language Layers in Vedic Literature for the Development of a Program for Age-Estimation” (FY2021-FY2026). Program and register form will be available soon!

  • 2021/11/02

    The Project “A Study of Language Layers in Vedic Literature for the Development of a Program for Age-Estimation”, planned as a successor to this project, has been adopted for Fostering Joint International Research (B) of KAKENHI (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research). The research period is from FY2021 to FY2026.

    As new project member, So Miyagawa (Kyoto University, Graduate School of Letters
    Center for Cultural Heritage Studies and Inter Humanities) is joining the project.
    researchmap: https://researchmap.jp/SoMiyagawa 
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2950-7193 
    Website: https://somiyagawa.de/ 

  • 2021/11/02

    On October 23, 2021, Kyoko Amano gave a presentation titled “Historical Background of the Formation of the Veda in Ancient India, as Deciphered from the Visualization of the Influence Relations among the Vedic Texts” at KUDH (Kyoto University Digitization Hub of the Humanities, Social and Cognitive Sciences) International Conference 2021.
    The video is here: https://youtu.be/PP_3w4Xzyt8 

  • 2021/11/02

    Kyoko Amano’s essay, “Ancient Indian Philology and Digital Humanities: From the Perspective of a Non-digital Researcher,” describing the process leading up to the launch of this project, has been published in The Hakubi Center Newsletter vol.19:
    https://www.hakubi.kyoto-u.ac.jp/application/files/4316/3036/7313/Newsletter019.pdf 

  • 2021/11/02

    Two papers by Oliver Hellwig dealing with Vedic Treebank (Universal Dependencies) have been published:

    – Erica Biagetti, Oliver Hellwig, Sarvatore Scarlata, Elia Ackermann, Paul Widmer: “Evaluating Syntactic Annotation of Ancient Languages. Lesson from the Vedic Treebank”. In: Old World: Journal of Ancient Africa and Eurasia (2021), 1-32. DOI:10.1163/26670755-01010003.
    https://brill.com/view/journals/ow/1/1/article-p1_3.xml 

    – Oliver Hellwig, Salvatore Scarlata, Elia Ackermann, Paul Widmer: “The Treebank of Vedic Sanskrit”. Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020), Marseille, 11–16 May 2020 c European Language Resources Association (ELRA), licensed under CC-BY-NC. 5137–5146.
    https://aclanthology.org/2020.lrec-1.632/ 

  • 2021/09/06

    Kyoko Amano will give a presentation titled “Historical Background of the Formation of the Veda in Ancient India, as Deciphered from the Visualization of the Influence Relations among the Vedic Texts” at KUDH (Kyoto University Digitization Hub of the Humanities, Social and Cognitive Sciences) International Conference 2021 on October 26, 2021. Click here for tha program and register: https://www.kyoto-u-digitization.org/home 

  • 2021/08/19

    Kyoko Amano and Hiroaki Natsukawa will give a presentation titled “Visualization of Relationship among Ancient Indian Literature” at the 49th Visualization Symposium Japan, which will be held online on September 9, 10 and 11, 2021.

    Click here for more information: https://www.vsj.jp/symp2021/index.html 

    Click here for the abstract of the paper: Abstract

  • 2021/08/19

    Kyoko Amano will give a presentation titled “Is Indra a Sungot? The Multi-Layers of Thought Currents in Black Yajurveda Saṁhitās” at the 72nd Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, which will be held online on September 4 and 5, 2021.

    Click here for more information: http://www.jaibs.jp/en/conference 

  • 2021/06/04

    Oliver Hellwig is leading “ChronBMM — Bayesian Mixture Models für die Datierung von Textkorpora” in Digital Humanities Project by Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We share the same interest and are collaborating on buildung the database of Vedic texts. About “ChronBMM” Project: https://www.geistes-und-sozialwissenschaften-bmbf.de/de/Digital-Humanities-1710.html

  • 2021/04/21

    A report on the workshop “Dynamism of Social Context Deciphered by a Linguistic Analysis of Ancient Literature” (Yuzuki Tsukagoshi, the University of Tokyo) has been published in Digital Humanities Monthly No. 115 [Part 2] (February 28, 2021).
    http://www.dhii.jp/DHM/dhm115-2 

  • 2021/04/21

    The laboratory website of Hiroaki Natsukawa, Lecturer at the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, is now open. https://natsukawa-lab.jp/ 

  • 2021/04/21

    Two papers by Kyoko Amano dealing with the language layers and formation process of Vedic literature (Maitrāyaṇī Saṁhitā) have been published.

    “What is ‘knowledge’ justifying a ritual action? Uses of yá evám véda / yá evám vidvan in the Maitrāyaṇī Samhitā.” In: Aux sources des liturgies indo-iraniennes, ed. by Redard, C. / Ferrer-Losilla, J. / Moein, H. / Swennen, P., Collection Religions, Comparatisme – Histoire – Anthropologie 10, 39-68. 2019. Liège: Presses Universitaeire de Liège. (PDF 2.6MB

    “The Development of the Uses of ha / ha vái / ha sma vái with or without the Narrative Perfect and Language Layers in the Old Yajurveda-Samhitā Texts.” Lingua Posnaniensis 61, ed. by Chandotti, M. P. / Pontillo. 2019. T. Sciendo: Warszawa. 11-24. (PDF 716KB

  • 2021/04/21

    On February 12, 2021, the first workshop of this project, ” Dynamism of Social Context Deciphered by a Linguistic Analysis of Ancient Literature,” was held online. 117 participants from 10 countries registered for the workshop. A collection of slides is here (PDF 13.2MB). 

  • 2020/12/23

    The first workshop of this project, ‘Dynamism of Societal Context Deciphered by a Linguistic Analysis of Ancient Literature’ will be hosted online. Please register using Google Form here: 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNx3IFvRFzyAVnDG_FS0T2YesKgbC7T24XmNv47W_Sa_Qm9g/viewform 
    Download Flyer (PDF 1.6MB) 

  • 2020/12/23

    The ancient Indian literature research of Kyoko Amano and this project were featured in a web article by hotozero: ‘A new approach to deciphering ancient Indian literature brought about by a truly deep reading of the texts.’
    http://hotozero.com/knowledge/research_pr001/ 

  • 2020/12/13

    An interview with Kyoko Amano about this project has been uploaded to the website ‘Life as a Scholar: Kyoto University and Beyond’ of Kyoto University Research Administration Office.
    https://ecr.research.kyoto-u.ac.jp/cat-b/b1/1052/