As announced on EEF, the Egyptian Electronic Forum, the following may be of interest to math forum members:
From: "Pommerening, Dr. Tanja" <email@example.com> > > Details of a conference to be held at Mainz university >July 2009: > > "Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, > Egyptand Greece: Zur Übersetzbarkeit von > Wissenschaftssprachen des Altertums " Interdisciplinary > and international conference. Johannes Gutenberg > University, 27-29 July 2009 > > The historiography of the sciences in antiquity >(including Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures) has > changed fundamentally during the past 40 years. > Changing >methodologies and aims have led to a > focus on recognition and reconstruction of ancient > scientific concepts, which can differ significantly > from ?similar? modern concepts. As a way of bringing > these changes to light in a useful way, the conference > will focus on the problem of translations. > > Translations are directly affected by respective > cultural beliefs of the translator. How then can > ancient concepts that differ from our modern ones be > expressed in modern languages? And how can these > differences be understood by a modern reader? > Currently, some translations which are likely to > mislead a historian of science, a scientist or a > mathematician may still be accepted as correct by the > philologists of the individual cultures. > > The conference aims to explore problems involved in > translating ancient scientific texts and to create a > methodological framework to improve the quality of > future translations. To achieve this goal, > we aim to bring together leading representatives and > junior researchers with a philological background or a > background in history of science (Egyptology, > Assyriology, Classics, editors of ancient scientific > texts and scholars using them). > > After an attempt to determine characteristic features of > individual sciences in antiquity, and how they can be > distinguished from non-scientific texts, specific > examples will be used to enable interdisciplinary and > intercultural discussion. > > The preliminary programme can be found at\ > http://www.aegyptologie-altorientalistik.uni-mainz.de/443.php > > We invite interested participants to join the conference > and contribute to the discussions. Please register by > 31 May 2009 at firstname.lastname@example.org- > mainz.de. > The conference fee of 15 ? to compensate for expenses is > to be paid in advance (registration). > > Organized by: > Prof. Dr. Annette Imhausen (am Historischen Seminar der > Universität Frankfurt) > Dr. Tanja Pommerening (am Institut für Ägyptologie und > Altorientalistik der Universität Mainz) > > Conference webpages: > http://www.aegyptologie-altorientalistik.uni-mainz.de/460.php > > Funded by the Thyssen Foundation and the ZIS (Center for > Intercultural Studies) of Mainz university.