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Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Call for Papers – Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

June 15–17, 2015
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2015) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Kenneth Pennington, of Catholic University of America, and Ingrid Rowland, of the University of Notre Dame.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu


The John Doran Prize – $500

Dr. John Doran (1966-2012) was senior lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Chester, UK, and an expert in the history of the papacy and the city of Rome. In honor of his commitment to scholarly excellence, the annual John Doran Prize recognizes outstanding work by a graduate student in the fields of Medieval and Early Modern History or Art History each year. The author of the winning paper will receive $500 and the option to have their paper published in the journal Allegorica. The prize is endowed by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. Submissions are due by April 31, the winner will be announced at the Symposium.

Director of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University

Princeton University invites applications for the position of Director of the Index of Christian Art. The Director oversees all academic and administrative aspects of the Index and works collaboratively with a staff of scholars and professionals (currently, eight). He or she must take an active role in the development and implementation of an improved online database as well as increasing the number of its subscribers, while presiding over the ongoing process of digitizing the original Index files and supplementing them with new research. Responsibilities include the development and supervision of a variety of scholarly projects long associated with the Index, notably publications, conferences, and symposia (as well as the fundraising that such projects require); collaboration with both the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Program in Medieval Studies in such endeavors is assumed.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Medieval Art History or an advanced degree in a related field and have a record of relevant publications and professional experience. They must demonstrate experience with database management and the administration of the budget and finances for an academic unit, scholarly organization, or other non-profit organization. They must also be capable of building and maintaining effective relationships with academic programs and administrative offices at Princeton and other institutions.

Information about the Index of Christian Art may be found at: http://ica.princeton.edu/

Applications must be submitted online at: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs, and must include a letter of application, CV, contact information for three referees, and a writing sample (of no more than 25 pages). For fullest consideration apply by October 15, 2014. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Fons Luminis Call for Papers: “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia”

Fons Luminis, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal edited and produced annually by graduate students at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto provides a forum in which to address, challenge, and explore the content and methodologies of our various home disciplines. We invite current graduate students to submit papers relating in some way to the 2015 journal theme, “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia.”

Since the mid-twentieth century, computing has been and continues to be a major factor in the medievalist’s research. From Father Busa’s creation of the Index Thomasticus in the 1940’s to current library and archival digitization projects, computational methods are essential aspects of the medievalist’s occupation. Papers are encouraged to address: medievalist use of digitally stored information; social scientists and librarians as creators and/or curators of knowledge about the Middle Ages; future directions of digital humanities; the importance of digital humanities to work in paleography, codicology, diplomatics, and text editing.

Articles may also focus on topics including (but not limited to) mapping and space, the impact of digitization on concepts of the archive, and digital tools in teaching.

Contributions may take the form of a scholarly essay or focus on the study of a particular manuscript. Articles must be written in English, follow the 16th edition (2010) of The Chicago Manual of Style, and be at least 4,000 words in length, including footnotes. Quotations in the main text in languages other than English should appear along with their English translation.

As usual, we continue to accept other submissions on any aspect of medieval studies and welcome longer review articles (approximately 1,500 words) on recent or seminal works in medieval studies. Submissions must be received by July 1, 2014 in order to be considered for publication. Inquiries and submissions (as a Word document attachment) should be sent to edsfl@chass.utoronto.ca.

Seminar: On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014
Friday June 6 at 16:30 in room 103 (Holden Room), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Ségolène Tarte (Oxford)
On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts

ALL WELCOME
Scholars studying Ancient Textual Artefacts endeavour to create knowledge through the decipherment, transcription, transliteration, edition, commentary, and contextualization of textual artefacts, thereby transforming data and information into knowledge and meaning.  Their task is hence intrinsically interpretative, and relies heavily on the mobilization of both perceptual and conceptual cognitive processes. This talk will present a number of conceptual and perceptual processes that were identified through ethnographic studies of scholars at work and linked to the cognitive sciences literature. Some show embodied cognition at work, others show the role of unconscious knowledge in the act of interpretation of Ancient Textual Artefacts.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

See the full programme for this summer’s seminars at <http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2014.html>

DM Byelaws Vote

A final proposal to emend the Byelaws is here presented to the Community for vote (according to §9.4 below). The changes are the same as those reported previously (see Proposed Change to Byelaws), the essence of which is to remove references to ‘wiki’ in order not to be dependent on any single technology, since this will necessarily become outdated in time. The Community is now requested to vote on these changes. If passed by a two-thirds majority of voters then  the Byelaws will be emended according to §9, below. Voting should be conducted by clicking on the ‘Click Here to Vote’ button below. Voting closes at midnight GMT on 11 June 2014.

1 Preamble

  1. The name of this organisation is ‘Digital Medievalist’ (hereafter abbreviated ‘DM’).
  2. The primary purpose of DM is to be an international community of practice supporting ‘digital medievalism’, which is understood to be an interest in the creation, use of, or research using digital objects relating to the Middle Ages.
  3. DM will have other purposes and objectives as decided by the DM Board. These include:
    1. To provide an online mailing list (dm-l) as a forum for members of DM to discuss digital medievalism.
    2. To publish a free online open-access peer-reviewed journal entitled ‘Digital Medievalist’ as a high quality publication of work of interest to digital medievalists.
    3. To host a wiki to record information  online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
    4. To organize events of interest to digital medievalists. For example, occasional conferences sessions as an outlet for scholarly discussions of interest to digital medievalists.
    5. To undertake other activities relating to its purposes and objectives or the promotion of DM as a community.
  4. DM shall be a non-profit organisation, any funding received will be used to enable DM to further its purposes and objectives.

2 Membership

  1. Membership in DM is open to anybody interested in its goals.
  2. Membership is conferred by subscription to DM mailing list (dm-l).
  3. Subscription to the DM mailing list, and therefore membership in DM, may be suspended or revoked by the Director or his/her delegate (subject to confirmation by the DM Board) for inappropriate behaviour on the list. A person whose membership has been suspended or revoked for cause must reapply to the board for readmittance.
  4. Individual members have the right to vote in DM elections and such issues as the board shall decide to poll the membership on.
  5. Members who meet additional eligibility criteria (see below) may stand for positions on the DM Board.

3 DM Board

3.1 Organization and Responsibilities

  1. DM will be governed by a Board elected by its membership. [See also now Election Procedures, which provide guidance on this but which are not part of the Byelaws.]
  2. The DM Board shall elect a Director annually from its ranks (see below), and appoint subcommittees and officers as necessary for the efficient running of the project.
    1. Under normal circumstances, these subcommittees and officers should include:
      1. A moderator/moderators for the dm-l listserv.
      2. An editorial committee responsible for the production of the DM journal.
      3. An editor or editors responsible for overseeing the operation of the DM wiki online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
      4. An organiser/organisers for planning conference and poster sessions.
    2. Membership on these committees need not be exclusive: individuals may serve on more than one committee and the board may assign all tasks to a single executive committee if it sees fit.
    3. The DM Board may delegate these tasks to participating members and others if it sees fit, although it shall retain final responsibility for all decisions.

3.2 Term

  1. The DM Board shall consist of eight members, with each member elected for a two year term.
  2. Terms on the DM Board shall be staggered so that four positions are open for election each year.
  3. Elections shall be held annually. Any ties in voting shall be decided by the existing DM Board members excluding any who are standing for re-election.
  4. No member may be elected to the DM Board for more than three consecutive terms (six years). After three terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election to the DM Board.
  5. DM Board members may resign from their commitments at any time but are expected to give adequate notice.
    1. If the resigning member has served less than 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board shall hold a special election.
    2. If the resigning member has served at least 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board at its discretion may decide
      1. to hold a special election;
      2. appoint a replacement;
      3. leave the position vacant.
    3. Members appointed or elected to replace a resigning member will serve for the remainder of the original member’s term, at which point they will be eligible for re-election.

3.3 Eligibility

  1. In order to stand for election, candidates for the DM board must fulfil two conditions:
    1. They must be members of DM.
    2. They must have made a demonstrable contribution to the project or the field within the previous year. Such contributions might include:
      1. Non-trivial editing or page creation for the DM wiki online information resources.
      2. Inclusion in a sanctioned DM event (such as presenting in a conference session sponsored by DM).
      3. Publishing of an article in the DM Journal.
      4. Equivalent contributions (to be considered at the time of candidacy).
  2. Potential candidates are responsible for providing evidence of appropriate contributions to the project if requested by the DM Board.

4 Director

4.1 Election

  1. The DM Board will elect a Director annually from among its members at the first meeting after the annual elections.
  2. Re-election is permitted, though no member may be elected as Director for more than six consecutive terms (six years). After six terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election as Director.
  3. A vote of non-confidence in the Director requires a two-thirds majority of the entire DM Board. After a successful vote of non-confidence, a new Director shall be chosen to serve out the remaining term from the DM Board membership.
  4. A vote of non-confidence in the Director does not affect his or her membership on the DM Board.

4.2 Duties

  1. The Director will convene, determine the agendas for, and chair meetings of the DM Board and its subcommittees. He or she will also be a member ex officio of all such sub-committees as the DM Board shall constitute. The Director may delegate these tasks.
  2. Executive decisions made by the Director can be overturned through a two-thirds vote of the DM Board.

5 Mailing List

  1. There shall be an e-mail mailing list hosted by DM which shall serve as a forum for discussion by those interested in digital medievalism.
  2. The DM mailing list shall be open to anyone interested in digital medievalism.

6 Journal

  1. There shall be a journal of record overseen by the DM editorial committee which shall publish worthy articles of note.
  2. The focus of the journal shall be of research in the use of digital media that is of interest to medievalists, regardless of whether this research is focussed specifically on medieval projects.
  3. The editorial committee will be appointed by the Director on the advice of the board.

7 Wiki Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki online information resources hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership. These may be implemented in the form of a wiki, blog, or other technology as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki information resources as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki information resources will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki content will be settled by the wiki administrators of the resources and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

7 Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki will be settled by the wiki administrators and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

8 Events

  1. DM will organise events befitting its mission, such as conference sessions at important relevant conferences.
  2. DM should not be held responsible for any financial obligations resulting from the organisation of such events.
  3. Although events will usually be organised by members of the DM Board, the DM Board may appoint delegates for particular events.

9 Amendments

  1. Amendments to these bylaws can be composed by the DM Board and become proposed amendments with a simple majority of the total DM Board membership.
  2. Proposed amendments will be published on the DM mailing list (dm-l) and the DM website with a minimum 10 day period requesting comments by the DM membership.
  3. The DM Board will discuss comments on the proposed amendments received from the DM membership incorporating changes agreed by a simple majority of the DM Board.
  4. The agreed version of the amended bylaws will be presented as a whole to the DM membership for voting over a minimum 7 day period. The amended version of the bylaws will pass with a two-thirds majority of votes recorded during the voting period.

Vacancy: Programmer Analyst, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Programmer Analyst, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

With a growing collection of over 215,000 records representing approximately 100,000 manuscripts, the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM) is the largest freely available repository of data on manuscript books produced before 1600. The SDBM, maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to redevelop the SDBM into a global, open-access, collaborative tool for researching the historic and current locations of the world’s manuscript books produced before 1600. The successful outcome of the project has the potential to impact research processes and the discoverability of primary source documents throughout the cultural heritage sector on an international scale.

Penn Libraries is seeking to fill a three-year, full-time, NEH-funded Programmer Analyst position to lead the redevelopment of the SDBM. Working directly with the project manager and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Digital Content Programmer, the PA will build a crowd-sourced application providing web, mobile, and application interfaces for the discovery, access, and entry of manuscript data, using web development frameworks such as Django, jQuery, and Bootstrap. The PA will also work with the library’s Information Technologies and Digital Development (iTaDD) department’s Digital Library Architecture (DLA), which will provide core data access API’s for the SDBM.

Required are: a Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree in computer science, information science, or relevant discipline with at least 1 year experience with web application development for publicly accessible, interactive websites; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should also possess the following:

  • Proven development skills, including developing rich interactive websites
  • Experience working with SQL databases
  • Experience working with source code version control systems, such as Git, Subversion, or Mercurial
  • Experience with unit and integration testing practices
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with stakeholders and work collaboratively with technical staff
  • Demonstrated capacity to learn new methods and processes

Not required, but desirable are:

Knowledge of HTML5, mobile application development, document databases, Linked Open Data (LOD), and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines, and experience working in a Digital Humanities environment

Salary range: $39–$60,000

To apply, go to: https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/4129

Proposed Change to Byelaws

A proposal to emend the Byelaws is here presented to the Community (according to §9.2 below). The essence of the change is to remove references to ‘wiki’ in order not to be dependent on any single technology, since this will necessarily become outdated in time. The existing bylaws are reproduced below with changes indicated in red. Changes are in §1.3.3, §3.1.2.3 and §3.3.1.2.1, and throughout §7. Comments are requested preferably to be sent openly to the DM list for discussion, or directly to the Board or any members thereof. Any comments should be received before the next meeting of the Board on 2 June 2014 at 4pm London time (GMT+1).

1 Preamble

  1. The name of this organisation is ‘Digital Medievalist’ (hereafter abbreviated ‘DM’).
  2. The primary purpose of DM is to be an international community of practice supporting ‘digital medievalism’, which is understood to be an interest in the creation, use of, or research using digital objects relating to the Middle Ages.
  3. DM will have other purposes and objectives as decided by the DM Board. These include:
    1. To provide an online mailing list (dm-l) as a forum for members of DM to discuss digital medievalism.
    2. To publish a free online open-access peer-reviewed journal entitled ‘Digital Medievalist’ as a high quality publication of work of interest to digital medievalists.
    3. To host a wiki to record information  online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
    4. To organize events of interest to digital medievalists. For example, occasional conferences sessions as an outlet for scholarly discussions of interest to digital medievalists.
    5. To undertake other activities relating to its purposes and objectives or the promotion of DM as a community.
  4. DM shall be a non-profit organisation, any funding received will be used to enable DM to further its purposes and objectives.

2 Membership

  1. Membership in DM is open to anybody interested in its goals.
  2. Membership is conferred by subscription to DM mailing list (dm-l).
  3. Subscription to the DM mailing list, and therefore membership in DM, may be suspended or revoked by the Director or his/her delegate (subject to confirmation by the DM Board) for inappropriate behaviour on the list. A person whose membership has been suspended or revoked for cause must reapply to the board for readmittance.
  4. Individual members have the right to vote in DM elections and such issues as the board shall decide to poll the membership on.
  5. Members who meet additional eligibility criteria (see below) may stand for positions on the DM Board.

3 DM Board

3.1 Organization and Responsibilities

  1. DM will be governed by a Board elected by its membership. [See also now Election Procedures, which provide guidance on this but which are not part of the Byelaws.]
  2. The DM Board shall elect a Director annually from its ranks (see below), and appoint subcommittees and officers as necessary for the efficient running of the project.
    1. Under normal circumstances, these subcommittees and officers should include:
      1. A moderator/moderators for the dm-l listserv.
      2. An editorial committee responsible for the production of the DM journal.
      3. An editor or editors responsible for overseeing the operation of the DM wiki online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
      4. An organiser/organisers for planning conference and poster sessions.
    2. Membership on these committees need not be exclusive: individuals may serve on more than one committee and the board may assign all tasks to a single executive committee if it sees fit.
    3. The DM Board may delegate these tasks to participating members and others if it sees fit, although it shall retain final responsibility for all decisions.

3.2 Term

  1. The DM Board shall consist of eight members, with each member elected for a two year term.
  2. Terms on the DM Board shall be staggered so that four positions are open for election each year.
  3. Elections shall be held annually. Any ties in voting shall be decided by the existing DM Board members excluding any who are standing for re-election.
  4. No member may be elected to the DM Board for more than three consecutive terms (six years). After three terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election to the DM Board.
  5. DM Board members may resign from their commitments at any time but are expected to give adequate notice.
    1. If the resigning member has served less than 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board shall hold a special election.
    2. If the resigning member has served at least 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board at its discretion may decide
      1. to hold a special election;
      2. appoint a replacement;
      3. leave the position vacant.
    3. Members appointed or elected to replace a resigning member will serve for the remainder of the original member’s term, at which point they will be eligible for re-election.

3.3 Eligibility

  1. In order to stand for election, candidates for the DM board must fulfil two conditions:
    1. They must be members of DM.
    2. They must have made a demonstrable contribution to the project or the field within the previous year. Such contributions might include:
      1. Non-trivial editing or page creation for the DM wiki online information resources.
      2. Inclusion in a sanctioned DM event (such as presenting in a conference session sponsored by DM).
      3. Publishing of an article in the DM Journal.
      4. Equivalent contributions (to be considered at the time of candidacy).
  2. Potential candidates are responsible for providing evidence of appropriate contributions to the project if requested by the DM Board.

4 Director

4.1 Election

  1. The DM Board will elect a Director annually from among its members at the first meeting after the annual elections.
  2. Re-election is permitted, though no member may be elected as Director for more than six consecutive terms (six years). After six terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election as Director.
  3. A vote of non-confidence in the Director requires a two-thirds majority of the entire DM Board. After a successful vote of non-confidence, a new Director shall be chosen to serve out the remaining term from the DM Board membership.
  4. A vote of non-confidence in the Director does not affect his or her membership on the DM Board.

4.2 Duties

  1. The Director will convene, determine the agendas for, and chair meetings of the DM Board and its subcommittees. He or she will also be a member ex officio of all such sub-committees as the DM Board shall constitute. The Director may delegate these tasks.
  2. Executive decisions made by the Director can be overturned through a two-thirds vote of the DM Board.

5 Mailing List

  1. There shall be an e-mail mailing list hosted by DM which shall serve as a forum for discussion by those interested in digital medievalism.
  2. The DM mailing list shall be open to anyone interested in digital medievalism.

6 Journal

  1. There shall be a journal of record overseen by the DM editorial committee which shall publish worthy articles of note.
  2. The focus of the journal shall be of research in the use of digital media that is of interest to medievalists, regardless of whether this research is focussed specifically on medieval projects.
  3. The editorial committee will be appointed by the Director on the advice of the board.

7 Wiki Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki online information resources hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership. These may be implemented in the form of a wiki, blog, or other technology as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki information resources as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki information resources will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki content will be settled by the wiki administrators of the resources and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

7 Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki will be settled by the wiki administrators and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

8 Events

  1. DM will organise events befitting its mission, such as conference sessions at important relevant conferences.
  2. DM should not be held responsible for any financial obligations resulting from the organisation of such events.
  3. Although events will usually be organised by members of the DM Board, the DM Board may appoint delegates for particular events.

9 Amendments

  1. Amendments to these bylaws can be composed by the DM Board and become proposed amendments with a simple majority of the total DM Board membership.
  2. Proposed amendments will be published on the DM mailing list (dm-l) and the DM website with a minimum 10 day period requesting comments by the DM membership.
  3. The DM Board will discuss comments on the proposed amendments received from the DM membership incorporating changes agreed by a simple majority of the DM Board.
  4. The agreed version of the amended bylaws will be presented as a whole to the DM membership for voting over a minimum 7 day period. The amended version of the bylaws will pass with a two-thirds majority of votes recorded during the voting period.