What Use is a Digital Edition?

With Charles Li, Postdoctoral Fellow (Sanskrit) in the Dept. of Asian Studies

We are pleased to have Dr. Li with us at the Dept. of Asian Studies as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with the UBC Sanskrit Program in developing a comprehensive tool for digitally editing, analyzing, and presenting Sanskrit manuscripts.

In this presentation, he will offer insights into his scholarly research in Buddhist Studies as well as a more informal demonstration/workshop on current developments and issues in digital approaches to premodern textualities.

Faculty and especially students from all disciplines and areas of focus are invited to attend as Dr. Li’s work engages with multilingual and multidisciplinary materials.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


“This workshop in the Digital Humanities of South Asia will explore the idea of a digital edition of a Sanskrit text, which has the potential to foster intensive computer-assisted analysis, and thereby to transform both the nature of an edition of a text and the role of its editor. Our discussion will take up some challenges in creating and using digital editions of Sanskrit texts, and how the digital humanities may help us to rethink the core text-critical principles by which we edit a text.”


Charles Li (Ph.D. 2018, Cambridge University) is a specialist in Sanskrit grammar and literature, Indian Philosophy, Buddhist Studies, and South Asian Digital Humanities.

This event is second in a 2 part series of talks with Charles Li. View the first event, Reconstructing Ananda’s Grief in the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, on March 14th.