Digital methods are by definition at the border of Medieval Studies. This bold statement is primarily justified by the observation that the application of digital methods is triggered by a research community outside Medieval Studies, i.e. Computer Science and New Media Studies. Therefore, in its interdisciplinary nature digital medieval studies is a border-crossing discipline and breaks up traditionally developed scholarly silos and institutional borders. The experimentation with and application of new methods and technologies challenges traditional perceptions and research approaches. Another kind of digital borders are “metadata borders”. For example, digital cataloging standards create unintended, and sometimes intended, borders and boundaries that prevent data-sharing and linking.
In the light of this proposition the Digital Medievalist will take the opportunity of next years’ general IMC theme (“Borders”) to discuss cutting edge and “border-crossing” digital methods and technologies and/or borders and boundaries caused by digital methods. Topics may include current research in machine learning, computer vision, 3D modeling, IIIF, multispectral imaging, Handwritten Text Recognition, Linked Data and distant reading, etc. Machine learning, for instance, poses specific problems for Medieval Studies, as its success depends on the availability, findability, reusability, and accessibility of large amounts of data. Similar issues exist with the application of other digital methods to medieval material and the session(s) “Digital Borders of Medieval Studies” will be the place to present and discuss them.
The Digital Medievalist community invites the submission of proposals for 20-minute papers covering a topic relating to the session title and focusing on the application of digital methods and technologies for current and future research in the field of Medieval Studies.
Please send your proposal (300 Words incl. a short CV) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 22th.
At this years International Medieval Congress in Leeds, the Digital Medievalist organised a panel on the relationship between Materiality and Digital Scholarly Editing. Alberto Campagnolo, James Cummings, Franz Fischer, Daniela Schulz, and Georg Vogeler presented their impression on the state of the art and future directions. Here, you can find the slides of this presentation:
Materiality in Digital Editing – State of the Art_DM@IMC2019
We are delighted to draw your attention to our Call for Papers for DATeCH 2019, which will take place from 8-10 May 2019 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in the heart of Brussels, Belgium.
The International DATeCH (Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage) conference brings together researchers and practitioners seeking innovative approaches for the creation, transformation and exploitation of historical documents in digital form. This interdisciplinary conference, takes place at the intersection of computer science, (digital) humanities, and cultural heritage studies. The DATeCH 2019 is jointly organised by IMPACT Centre of Competence, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, DARIAH-BE and CLARIN-Flanders.
For full details of the Call for Papers are available on the DATeCH 2019 website: http://datech.digitisation.eu/submission/
The deadlines for submission are:
- Abstract submission deadline: 16 December 2018, 23:59 CET
- Full Paper submission deadline: 20 January 2018, 23:59 CET
We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels!
Apostolos Antonacopoulos, Salford University, UK
Marco Büchler, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Germany
Sally Chambers, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Belgium / DARIAH-BE
One of the major international medievalists scholarly gatherings happens every July in Leeds: the International Medieval Congress. This year the general subject is “Materiality”, and we think that this something digital medievalists can say a lot about:
Medievalists have long been aware that the objects of their research are conditioned by their materiality — that the shape of a charter or a manuscript is a part of its meaning. Since the 1980’s, recognition of this principle has elevated the study of material culture to a field within the broader discipline of Medieval Studies. At the same time libraries, research institutions, and museums have been intent on producing digital catalogues and images of their collections.
The result of these initiatives is a mass of data and metadata constituting a new frontier for digital methods: 3D modeling, multispectral imaging, and Handwritten Text Recognition create new modalities of representation, while Controlled vocabularies, Linked Data, Ontologies and APIs like IIIF enhance the possibilities to model and share descriptive data. Superadded to these developments, digital methods for the interpretation of source material and presentation of research results have grown beyond the materiality of printed books and articles: data publications have started to gain traction in the community; complex visualizations tell more than a description by words, and digital editions incorporate experimental forms of interaction with research data that goes beyond the traditional forms of publication. In all of this, Medievalists have been leaders in adopting digital methods to work with the physical heritage of the Middle Ages.
Given this ferment, the Digital Medievalist community is looking for proposals presenting projects making use of these new technologies to give further – and new! – insights into the materiality of sources, and how medievalists work with cultural heritage data to understand better the impact of the digital methods on our understanding of the Middle Ages.
Please send your proposal (300 Words incl. a short CV) to email@example.com by Sept. 25th.
Call for Papers
Sam Houston State University’s
Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought
April 7-9, 2016
Featuring Plenary Speaker: Dr. Caroline Bruzelius, Professor of Art History, Duke University
The conference is slated to be held on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Deadline to propose a Special Session: Aug. 15, 2015
Deadline for abstracts: Nov. 15, 2015
Notification of acceptance: Dec. 15, 2015
You are invited to send your 250-300-word abstract to Dr. Darci Hill, Conference Director, on any topic dealing with Medieval and/or Renaissance thought. If you would like to propose a special session, you are welcome to do that as well. We welcome papers and performances on any aspect of this time period. Papers dealing with language and linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, history, art, music, and theatre are all equally welcome.
Please send all inquiries and abstracts electronically to:
Dr. Darci Hill,
Department of English
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77340