Executive Board

Photo of manuscript detail
Detail from Book of Hours by Master of Guillebert de Mets, Belgium ca. 1450. Wikimedia Commons.

Digital Medievalist is overseen by an eight-member Executive Board of medievalists with considerable experience in the use of digital media in the study of medieval topics. Each year, four members of the Board are elected for a term of two years. Nominations and elections are normally held in late spring or early summer. All members of the Digital Medievalist community are encouraged to nominate candidates (including themselves) for the Board and to vote in the annual elections. See the Bylaws for more information.



Alberto Campagnolo (2014-20) trained as a book conservator (in Spoleto, Italy) and has worked in that capacity in various institutions, e.g. London Metropolitan Archives, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Egypt), and the Vatican Library. He studied Conservation of Library Materials at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, and holds an MA in Digital Culture and Technology from King’s College London. He pursued a PhD on an automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures at the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts, London). He has been working on Semantic Web applications to bookbinding descriptions as DH Research Fellow at Ligatus and as DH MMW Fellow at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel. In September 2016, he was appointed CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). Alberto has served on the Digital Medievalist board since 2014, first as Deputy Director, and as Director since 2015.

Franz Fischer (2014-2020) has been serving on the Digital Medievalist Executive Board since 2014 and is editor-in-chief of the Digital Medievalist Journal. He is the director of the Centre for Digital and Public Humanities at the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. He studied History, Latin and Italian in Cologne and Rome and has been awarded a doctoral degree in Medieval Latin for his digital edition of William of Auxerre’s treatise on liturgy. From 2008-2011 he created a digital edition of Saint Patrick’s Confessio at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Dublin. From 2011 to 2019 he has been coordinator and researcher at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH), University of Cologne, managing among other projects the EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Digital Scholarly Editions DiXiT. He is a founding member of theInstitute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE), teaching at summer schools and publishing SIDE, a series on digital editions, palaeography & codicology, and RIDE, a review journal on digital editions and resources.

Mike Kestemont (2016-2020) enjoys research in computational text and image analysis for the Humanities, in particular for medieval European literature. Authorship attribution and stylistics are my main areas of expertise: in stylometry, we try to design intelligent algorithms which can automatically identify the authors of anonymous texts through the quantitative analysis of individual writing styles. I warmly recommend the documentary about this topic and which we published in the public domain: “Authorship and Stylometry: Hildegard of Bingen” (vimeo.com/70881172). I am an assistant professor (department of literature) at the University of Antwerp and regularly teach workshops on Digital Text Analysis and Programming for the Humanities. Currently, I am co-authoring a monograph on data science for humanists (with Princeton UP) and co-editing a special supplement of Speculum on digital medieval studies. I live in Brussels, code in Python (github.com/mikekestemont), and tweet in English (@Mike_Kestemont).

Lynn Ransom (2016-2020) is the Curator of Programs at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Since 2008, she has directed the Schoenberg Database for Manuscripts, which is currently being redeveloped into an online, user-driven, community-maintained tool for the study of the movement of manuscripts across time and geography. She has also been the primary organizer for the Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age since 2008. Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Ransom has held curatorial and research positions at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and at the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in 13th-century French manuscript illumination in 2001. She has published on the role of imagery in devotional practice from the 13th to the 16th century.

Georg Vogeler (2014-2020) studied “Historical Auxiliary Sciences” at Freiburg and Munich. He wrote his PhD on late Medieval Tax Administration Documents in the German Territorial States. He works in the field diplomatics (yes, charters not diplomats!) and cultural history of documentation (in particular in Italy during the reign of Frederic II). In 2004 he got intrigued by the possibilities of the use of computer for medieval studies: He started the Charters Encoding Initiative (http://www.cei.lmu.de), got involved in the monasterium-project (http://www.monasterium.net), became member of the Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (http://www.i-d-e.de), created a e-Learning site on Palaeography (http://www.palaeographie-online.de), started recently thinking about how to edit medieval accounting documents (http://gams.uni-graz.at/rem) – and thus ended up in 2011 at the Centre for Information Modelling/Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at Graz University (http://informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at).


Roman Bleier (2017-2021) studied History and Religious studies at the University of Graz and completed a Ph.D. in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) at Trinity College, Dublin, with a research focus on digital documentary editing of St Patrick’s epistles. He worked on the Saint Patrick’s Confessio HyperText Stack project at the Royal Irish Academy, was CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and worked as a researcher on various projects at Maynooth University. In spring 2016, Roman became a DiXiT Marie Curie postdoc fellow at the Center for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ZIM-ACDH) at the University of Graz. His research in Graz focused on canonical reference, sustainability and persistent identifiers in digital editions. Currently, Roman works as a postdoc with the KONDE (Competency Network Digital Edition) project at the ZIM-ACDH, he is a member of the Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (IDE) and technical editor of the Versioning Machine (VM).

Els De Paermentier (2015-2021). Assistant Professor in Medieval Diplomatics and Palaeography at Ghent University (Belgium). In 2010 she completed her PhD on the organisation of the comital chancery in the counties of Flanders and Hainaut (1191-1244). For her research she elaborated a new computer-aided methodology to determine the editorial origin of charter texts. In 2012 she received a COST Action grant for a short term scientific mission (one month) at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT) in Paris, where she examined the interoperability between the Belgian and French Latin source databases Diplomata Belgica and TELMA-databases (Traitement Électronique des Manuscrits et des Archives). Shortly afterwards she became a member of the COST Action Programm IS1005: Medieval Europe – Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources and joined the working group for the design of a virtual center for medieval studies (VCMS) (2012-2015). In September 2013 she co-organised, among other scholarly meetings, the three-days seminar Historical Documents, Digital Approaches. Mark-up, Analysis and Representation of Medieval Texts. Theory and Practice. She is currently a member of the academic board of the project Sources from the Medieval Low Countries (SMLC). A Multiple Database System for the Launch of Diplomata Belgica and for a Completely Updated Version of Narrative Sources (dir. Jeroen Deploige, Ghent University) and of the steering committee of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH).

Lisa Fagin Davis  (2017-2021) (Medieval Studies PhD, Yale University, 1993) has been Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America since 2013. Previously, she spent twenty years cataloguing pre-1600 manuscript collections across the US and has been involved in the development of metadata standards for manuscript cataloguing. She serves on the Advisory Committees for Digital Scriptorium, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, and Fragmentarium, and is deeply engaged in using and promoting both Mirador and IIIF. Publications include: the Beinecke Library Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Vol. IV; The Gottschalk Antiphonary; the Directory of Pre-1600 Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (with Melissa Conway); numerous articles in the fields of manuscript studies and codicology; La Chronique Anonyme Universelle: Reading and Writing History in fifteenth-century France (a critical edition that includes a digital resource developed in collaboration with the Digital Mappaemundi project); and the Manuscript Road Trip blog. She regularly teaches an introduction to manuscript studies at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Rose Faunce (2019-2021)  (Ph.D. University of Melbourne, 2017) is the Research Services Coordinator at the Australian National University. She has a background in the study of the history of the illustrated book, working for several years in the rare book and antiquarian print trade, specialising in natural history illustration. An encounter with the 14th century fragmentary Cocharelli Codex, dispersed in collections in London, Florence and Cleveland, led to a PhD under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Margaret Manion, to reconstruct transcribe and translate its text for the first time, and analyse the rich profusion of illustration gracing every page. An intrepid ‘fragmentologist’, she seeks to locate and virtually piece together the fragments of medieval manuscripts that are dispersed around the world. Working with Fragmentarium, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, she oversees a project to improve access to manuscript fragments in Australian and New Zealand collections for pedagogical and research purposes.