Leeds 2006

International Medieval Congress

The following conference sessions, panels, and business meetings involving digital subjects are being proposed for the 14th International Medieval Congress, which takes place in Leeds, July 10-13, 2006.

The theme of the 2006 conference is “Emotion and Gesture,” although other topics are welcome. For further details, see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/index.html. Deadline for individual papers is August 31, 2005. Session proposals (with speakers) are due September 30, 2005.

When sessions have been finalised, this page will be brought to the attention of the conference organisers in an attempt to avoid conflicts between digital sessions at the conference.


  • 31 August, 2005 — IMC Deadline for Individual Paper Submission
  • 1 September, 2005 — Digital Medievalist Session Deadline for Paper Proposals
  • 1 September, 2005 — REED Session Deadline for Paper Proposals
  • 30 September, 2005 — IMC Deadline for Session Proposals

Proposed Sessions for 2006

Digital Medievalist Sessions

Codices Electronici: Digital Manuscript Libraries

This session brings together medievalists from Germany and Switzerland working on digital resources in the areas of manuscript studies, but especially in relation to digital libraries. The creation of online electronic surrogates for manuscripts offers many new and exciting possibilities for those in various fields such as codicology, plaeography, art history, and bibliography. However, the managing of the associated metadata, and the variation in quality and standards between libraries also causes problems. This session concentrates on the exemplary work of such projects as ‘Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis’ and ‘Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Sangallenses’.

Texts, Databases, and Dictionaries

This session brings together medievalists who are looking at texts as databases and have particular insights into the text vs database debate which separates the methodologies of many digital medievalists. The papers highlight the benefits of thinking about our interaction with texts in new ways, not limiting ourselves to simple facsimiles based on print models but approaching the problems of manuscript study in new ways. This session contains papers on the creation of editions and resources, with a special concentration on Middle Dutch in two of the papers.

Records of Early English Drama Sessions

Digital REED

This session, organised on behalf of the Records of Early English Drama Project (REED), will concentrate on the use or possible uses of digital technology in the research into early drama records such as undertaken by the REED project. REED has long been involved with digital technology and has recently made all of their volumes freely available via the Internet Archive and uploaded a new research and educational web site. This session contains papers on the development and future of the REED Patrons and Performances website, as well as the use of technology to rediscover hidden records of early english drama.