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Call for papers: The Transmission of Mark’s Endings in Different Traditions and Languages

The five-year SNSF project MARK16, led by dhCenter member Claire Clivaz, in collaboration with Dan Batovici (UCLouvain), organizes its second conference about the Gospel of Mark’s endings in different traditions and languages. It will take place entirely online, on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2022.

The organizers launch a call for short papers (about 15 min) on the topic, based on the following summary. They are welcoming proposals of 300 words, until the 31st of October 2021. The proceedings will be published as a thematic issue of the COMSt Bulletin.


Claire Clivaz (DH+, SIB, CH), Mina Monier (DH+, SIB, CH) and Dan Batovici (UCLouvain and KU Leuven, BE)


The topic of the endings of the Gospel of Mark has been studied for centuries and remains open to diverse hypotheses. Despite this large corpus of work done on this question, particularly in the past couple of centuries, new frontiers of research tools emerge from reading the manuscripts that are still not transcribed or not easily accessible to scholars. The digital revolution brings its part of innovation to this quest and draws scholars’ attention to the materiality of the texts, highlighted as documents accessible online.

For this second MARK16 conference, the organizers intend to cover the reception and transmission of Mark 16 in different languages and traditions: Greek, Latin, Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Ethiopic, Gothic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic manuscripts.  This aims to provide researchers with the Status Quaestionis.

They invite therefore presentations on the shortestending (Mark 16:8), the shorter ending (conclusio brevior), the longerending (16:9-20) as well as papers considering all of them together, in the manuscripts and literature of any ancient tradition. Presentations highlighting the role of digital humanities in reshaping and reconfiguring the study of New Testament textual criticism, based on the Mark 16 as a case study, are particularly encouraged. The organizers also encourage all contributions that are focusing on codicology and paratextual elements in the diverse manuscripts of the last chapter of Mark.

The list of confirmed speakers

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