Preserving Coptic Cultural Heritage for the Digital Future

Document Type

Conference Presentation


Religious Studies

Conference Title

Seventeenth St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies


University of California, Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA

Conference Dates

July 17-18, 2015

Date of Presentation



Much of Coptic Cultural Heritage is preserved in museums and libraries and private collections, neither owned nor managed by Coptic Orthodox Christians. This is especially true for countless manuscripts bearing witness to Coptic literature. Some of these documents have been published, but they are often either out of print, prohibitively expensive, or in academic libraries. Digitization is one way to increase access to and awareness of Coptic Cultural Heritage, but it is not without challenges. This paper will propose ways Coptic Orthodox Christians and academics can work together to increase the availability of digitized Coptic literature; discuss potential obstacles that need to be overcome for effective partnerships; and describe data curation requirements for effective digital preservation.

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