The objective of the contributions presented in this volume is the investigation of authorship in pre-modern Arabic texts. From several angles and different perspectives it has been asked how the author in his various facets and aspects, and as a principle of organization and guidance, can be traced and understood. The author can be perceived as a historical individual, a singular genius, or a gifted anthologist; he can claim authority or pass it on to others. The author can be invisible, applying textual strategies for steering the reader’s perception and interpretation, trying to leave the reader oblivious to his authorial interference. Although authors can be proud to present their knowledge and their opinions, they can also be reluctant to show themselves and can even disclaim their responsibility, depending on the issue at hand. The contributions gathered in this volume provide a fresh view on the multilayered nature of authorial functions and open up new perspectives on our understanding of the rich and diverse pre-modern Arabic culture and literature.
This volume deals with digital reconstructions and visualizations of palaces, castles, and other kinds of residential architecture of the early modern period. It focuses not so much on the digital modelling of extant buildings, but rather on the virtual reconstruction of ‘lost’ buildings – in particular of palaces destroyed or drastically altered, or which were never actually built in the first place.
These diverse case studies presented here explore a range of approaches and methods of using virtual reconstructions as tools for both scientific research and dissemination to a wider public. They address problems such as the visualization of uncertainties, the dynamic modelling of a building’s evolution through time, and the use of digital reconstructions as repositories of data and knowledge.
The numerous digital models and associated images discussed in this volume display an enormous variety in terms of the underlying technology, data conceptualization and visual style. Such adaptability means that this new medium finds considerable application in architectural history and related disciplines. It also means that digital reconstructions ought to be regarded as cultural products and therefore become objects of scholarly research in their own right.
The thirteen papers collected in this volume were first presented at the PALATIUM workshop Virtual Palaces, Part II held in Munich in April 2012.
Contributors: Stefan Breitling, Martin Buba, Tom Chandler, Krista De Jonge, Jan Fuhrmann, Alexandra Gago da Câmara, Marc Grellert, Franziska Haas, Sven Havemann, Stephan Hoppe, Peter Heinrich Jahn, Thomas Köhler, Dominik Lengyel, Piet Lombaerde, Ana Catarina G. Lopes, Heike Messemer, Sander Münster, Helena Murteira, Marc Muylle, Martin Polkinghorne, Paulo Rodrigues, Michael Rykl, Christian Seitz, Catherine Toulouse, Markus Wacker, Olaf Wagener, Dirk Welich.