Association Internationale Bible et Informatique ::
(International Association for Bible and Information Technology)
I'm sitting in Brussels airport on my way to the UK after the 7th congress
. Actually congress is a rather grand word, the meeting is better described as a colloquium.
Unlike the last one in Stellenbosch in 2000 this was a small select gathering, 20-30 scholars mainly from Europe. The main focus was on "hard computing" using specially marked-up texts to produce statistical analysis. Then there were those for our session on the cultural impact of digital technology on Biblical Studies, we came from NZ, USA and UK (though two were Canadians). Does this mean that European scholars are not interested in the cultural impact, or that they can't see it a s scholarship, or that the AIBI is simply not the place for this sort of question?
Certainly Ferdinand seems to feel it is important and worth discussing...
I'll write more about "our" session later when I am less jetlagged and more tranquil!