DigiPal Launch Party

Date: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Time: 5.45pm until the wine runs out
Venue: Council Room, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS
Co-sponsor: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval studies, KCL
Register your place at http://digipallaunch.eventbrite.co.uk 

After four years, the DigiPal project is finally coming to an end. To celebrate this, we are having a launch party at King’s College London on Tuesday, 7 October. The programme is as follows:

  • Welcome: Stewart Brookes and Peter Stokes
  • Giancarlo Buomprisco: “Shedding Some Light(box) on Medieval Manuscripts”
  • Elaine Treharne (via Skype)
  • Donald Scragg: “Beyond DigiPal”
  • Q & A with the DigiPal team

If you’re in the area then do register and come along for the talks and a free drink (or two) in celebration. Registration is free but is required to manage numbers and ensure that we have enough drink and nibbles to go around.

If you’re not familiar with DigiPal already, we have been been developing new methods for the analysis of medieval handwriting. There’s much more detail about the project on our website, including one post of the DigiPal project blog which summarises the website and its functionality. Quoting from that, you can:

 Do have a look at the site and let us know what you think. And – just as importantly – do come and have a drink on us if you are in London on Tuesday!

The DigiPal Team

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.

Call for Nominations to DM Board 2014–16

Digital Medievalist will be holding elections at the end of June 2014 for four positions to its Executive Board. Board positions are for two year terms and incumbents may be re-elected (for a maximum of three terms in a row). Members of the Board are responsible for the overall direction of the organisation and leading the Digital Medievalist’s many projects and programmes. This is a working board, and so it would be expected that you are willing and able to commit time to helping Digital Medievalist undertake some of its activities: the Board is currently organised with a Director, a Deputy Director, a Journal Editor-in-Chief, Journal Associate Editors, Conference Reprensentatives, Website and News Feed Admins DM-L Admins, Facebook Admin, Infrastructure/Technical Support, Returning Officers for Elections

For further information about the Executive and Digital Medievalist more generally pleasesee the DM website, particularly:

We are now seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for the annual elections. In order to be eligible for election, candidates must be members of Digital Medievalist (membership is conferred simply by subscription to the organisation’s mailing list, dm-l) and have made some demonstrable contribution either to the DM project (e.g. to the mailing list, or the wiki, etc.), or generally to the field of digital medieval studies.

If you are interested in running for these positions or are able to recommend a suitable candidate, please contact the returning officers, Ben Albritton (blalbrit@stanford.edu) and Dominique Stutzmann (dominique.stutzmann@irht.cnrs.fr), who will treat your nomination or enquiries in confidence. The nomination period will close at 2359 UTC on Mon June 30 and elections will be held by electronic ballot through the whole of the week starting  7 July, 2014.

Best wishes,
Ben Albritton and Dominique Stutzmann