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 (2014-18) 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, currently, as DH MMW Fellow at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel. From September 2016, he will be working as a 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 (2014-2018) has been serving on the Digital Medievalist Executive Board since 2014 and is editor-in-chief of the Digital Medievalist Journal. He is coordinator and researcher at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH), University of Cologne. 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. Franz Fischer is currently coordinating 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 (2016-2018) 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 (2016-2018) 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 (2014-2018) 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).


Emiliano Degl’Innocenti (2015-2017). Degree in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Florence. Currently Head of the Computing in the Humanities Dept. at Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino and Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Florence. Adjunct Professor of Computing in the Humanities at the University of Florence and teacher for the Master in Digital Humanities at the University of Siena. Involved in national and international D/H projects: Digital Plutei of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture), Digitization of the Colonial Archives in Cameroon (promoted by the British Library), CENDARI (funded by EU under the 7th FP) and PARTHENOS (funded under the H2020 programme). Director of digitization projects (teca.bmlonline.it), scholarly databases (www.mirabileweb.it) and research tools (TRAME meta-search engine for medieval manuscripts (www.trame.fefonlus.it); invited expert of COST Action IS1005. Member of the Scientific Committee at Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Associate Editor at Frontiers in Digital Humanities, Communication Officer for DARIAH.IT, co-leader of the Medievalist’s Sources DARIAH-EU working group.

Els De Paermentier (2015-2017). 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).

Greta Franzini (2015-2017). Classicist by training, she is currently pursuing a PhD at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, University of London. There, she conducts interdisciplinary research in Latin philology, codicology, literary criticism and text visualisation. Greta’s specific interests lie within (ancient) languages, codicology and digital editions. Part of her doctoral studies has resulted in the creation of a Catalogue of Digital Editions and the final output of her PhD will consist of a digital documentary edition of an early Latin manuscript. In order to fund her doctoral studies, Greta works as a full­-time early career researcher at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH), University of Göttingen. There, she’s involved in research pertaining to historical text re­use and jointly coordinates the Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities, a seminar series inspired by the Digital Classicist but with a broader scope. Prior to Göttingen, Greta worked on the Open Greek and Latin Project at the University of Leipzig, where she coordinated three major digitisation projects (imaging, OCR and TEI XML encoding) aimed at producing open digital versions of a large number of Ancient Greek and Latin printed editions.

Dominique Stutzmann (2011-2017). After degrees in Classics, History and German studies at the Sorbonne, he studied at the École nationale des Chartes (2002), received a MLIS and worked at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. He completed a PhD on scribal practices of Cistercian communities in medieval Burgundy (statistical analysis of scribal profiles based on TEI encoding). In 2007-2012 and 2015 onwards, he is lecturer for medieval paleography and digital scholarly edition at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and, since 2010, senior researcher at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS). He currently leads as Principal Investigator several research projects in the field of digital humanities (ANR Oriflamms, ECMEN on computer automated image analysis applied to palaeography, Saint-Bertin for virtually reconstructing of a former library, FAMA on Latin bestsellers) and organizes international conferences, sessions, summer school (Leeds, Dagstuhl, Saint-Omer).