Conference: First Meeting of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture

An Agenda for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture

First Meeting of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture
Florence, 13-14 December 2012
Via dell’Arte della Lana, 1,
50123 Florence

The Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture is passing through a crucial moment. After the important works and results reached by the first researchers in this field, there is now in Italy a wide and lively community who shares methods, theories and practices, both on a national and an international level. One year ago this community has organized itself and it is represented by a national Association. The aim of this first meeting is to present Digital Humanities and Digital Cultures as a fundamental component for the development of humanities research in Italy.


During the meeting the discussion will focus on some fundamental issues so to define an agenda of the priority activities.

The questions which will foster the discussion will be:

  • What are the infrastructure requirements? What are the current research centers, libraries, archives and other services supporting research and teaching in digital humanities?
  • What are the standards for the evaluation of digital publications in the humanities? And what about the evaluation of research in digital humanities?
  • How to stimulate multidisciplinary research experiences? How to create synergies with other academic communities, starting with the computer science one?

Attendance to the meeting is free, but registration by 10 December 2012 at is mandatory.

Provisional programme

13 December
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Research, evaluation and dissemination of results in digital humanities

14 December
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Italian projects and experiences of multidisciplinary convergence
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Members meeting

The definitive programme will be published on the Association website ( and on related mailing lists as soon as it will be available.

Call for Papers

The organizing committee is proposing a Call for Papers for the third session “Italian projects and experiences of multidisciplinary convergence”.

Abstract proposals (maximum of 500 words) should be sent by email by 15 November 2012 to

The authors of the selected proposals will receive the acceptance communication by the end of November 2012. Papers presentation should have a maximum length of 20 minutes, including Q&A. Papers will be published as conference proceedings.

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto rossellidelturco at gmail com)

Call for Papers: Cultural, Textual, and Material Heritage in the Digital Age: Projects and Practices

The twentieth International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 1-4 July 2013

The rise of the Digital Humanities as an international, cross-disciplinary approach to humanistic scholarship presents exciting new challenges and opportunities.

Perhaps one of the most exciting of these is the convergence of interest among textual editors, art historians, archaeologists, museum and library curatorial staff, government agencies, and commercial entities in what can be broadly described as issues in the representation and research of Cultural, Textual, and Material Heritage.

This call is for papers addressing current and future practices and opportunities in this area. What are the interesting projects? What are the interesting technologies, methodologies, and business models? How will this convergence play out in the short and medium term?

Our hope is that there will be enough interest in this topic to allow for a combination of long-paper sessions and a concluding round table. Potential speakers are invited to submit a brief abstract outlining their approach to these questions and whether they would be interested in participating in a long-paper session and/or a short-presentation round table.

Authors accepted into these sessions will be invited to submit their papers to an edited collection of papers we are putting together based on submissions at Leeds and the New Digital Paradigms in Anglo-Saxon studies panel we are proposing for ISAS 2013 in Dublin.

To propose a paper or participation in these session(s) or the round table, please contact Daniel O’Donnell ( Paper proposals should include a short abstract (approx 500 words); expressions of interest in the round table, should be accompanied by a brief description of your interest and experience with the topic.

Submission due date: Midnight Sunday September 16, 2012.

The session(s) are being sponsored by the Visionary Cross Project, an innovative collection of 2 and 3D texts and objects concerned with the Visionary Cross cultural matrix in Anglo-Saxon England.


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Call for Participants: New Digital Paradigms in Anglo-Saxon Studies

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS), July 29th-August 2, 2013, Dublin

Anglo-Saxon studies, and medieval studies more generally, has always been a pioneering discipline in the use of digital technology. From early projects like the Dictionary of Old English and Electronic Beowulf through more recent contributions such as the Anglo-Saxon Cluster and DigiPal, Anglo-Saxonists have always been ready to adopt promising new technologies and approaches when these have been able to help us in our research and teaching.

The rapid rise of the “Digital Humanities” as a major international focus of cross-disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. In addition to introducing new tools and platforms, the Digital Humanities is also introducing new ways of working and understanding scholarly research. New forms of networking, of quality assessment, and of publication are challenging our traditional ideas as to the nature of scholarly practice and communication. An emphasis on interdisciplinarity, team research, and open approaches to data and software development are challenging our traditional ideas of research specialisation and collaboration.

This roundtable seeks contributions from projects and practitioners of the Digital Humanities and Anglo-Saxon studies. The question we are asking is how these new approaches are changing the way Anglo-Saxon studies is being practiced and how traditional scholarly goals and practices can be accommodated or adapted to work with what appears to be a fundamental change in the way humanities scholarship is practiced, understood, and supported by funding agencies and the public.

The round table will follow the following format: speakers will be asked to prepare a position paper in advance of the meeting. These papers will be shared among the speakers and published informally in advance on the web. At the meeting, each speaker will have a maximum of 5 minutes and 5 slides to summarise their paper for the audience. A general discussion will take place in the remaining time. Speakers will also have the opportunity to publish longer versions of their papers in an edited collection we will be putting together of papers from the 2013 ISAS and Leeds conferences.

If you would like to be considered for this round table, please send a short abstract (approx 500 words) outlining the approach you would like to take in your paper to by midnight Friday September 7. Speakers who will be included in our proposal to the conference programme committee will be notified by Tuesday, September 11. Please note: Because the roundtable itself must be adjudicated by the ISAS 2013 programme committee, acceptance for our proposed roundtable as the final decision rests with the ISAS 2013 programme committee.

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Vercelli Book: Grants for Graduate Foreign Students


The Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare announces two short-term Library Research Grants for graduate students to promote scholarly use of its important collections. The first one is dedicated to The Memory of mons. Giuseppe Ferraris and the second one dedicated to Vercelli Book and Anglo-Saxon Studies.

These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to € 2.000 each, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Vercelli during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month.

Library Research Grants awarded in this year are tenable from May 2012 to April 2013 (except from 18th July to 4th September), and the deadline for applications is 15 April 2012. No applications will be accepted after that date.

Applicants are asked to complete an Application Form (download from and submit a Word or PDF file (the latter is the preferred format) containing a Budget Form, a full Curriculum Vitae and a Research Proposal not exceeding one thousand words in length. Application should be sent by postal mail to the Library Research Grants Committee or by Email at the address given below. Applicants must also arrange for two Confidential Letters of Recommendation to be sent directly to the Library Research Grants Committee by postal mail or Email.

The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed research of unique resources found in the Biblioteca and Archivio Capitolare collections or in the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo collection (The Memory of mons. Giuseppe Ferraris Grant) and in the Biblioteca Capitolare collections (Vercelli Book and Anglo-Saxon Studies Grant). Prospective grantees are urged to contact the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books for detailed descriptions of the collections. The Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare reserves the right to have a copy of the research that the applicant will publish at the end of her or his studies.

A committee consisting of members by University of Piemonte Orientale, Turin, Göttingen, Kiel and of the Library Management will award the grants on the basis of the relevance of the proposal to unique holdings of the library and museum, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications.


© 2011-2012
Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
piazza Alessandro D’Angennes, 5
13100, Vercelli – ITALY

Dr Timoty Leonardi
Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books
Phone and fax: +39 0161 51650

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The Fourth Meeting on Digital Philology: Verona, 13-15 September 2012

Constitutio textus: Establishing the critical text

The topic of the Fourth Meeting on Digital Philology is the establishment of the critical text, traditionally referred to as the constitutio textus. For texts from the Antiquity and the Middle Ages, this usually includes a recension of the witnesses, typically concluding with a stemma. However, the recension does not specify how an edition should be designed, whether it is a printed or a digital edition. More specifically, an editor has to decide to which degree he or she wants to use the result of the stemmatic recension as the basis for the constitutio textus, i.e. the selection and weighing of sources for the edited text. Traditionally, classical scholars have been more reconstructive in their approach than medieval scholars.

The meeting will be divided into two consecutive sessions, each containing 6–8 papers. For the first session, the planning committee has invited a selection of international scholars to present their view of the Stand der Forschung in the field (in alphabetical order):

Thomas Bein (Aachen), Marjorie Burghart (Lyon), Tuomas Heikkilä (Helsinki), Caroline Macé (Leuven), Francesco Stella (Siena), and Paolo Trovato (Ferrara).

Call for papers

For the second session, comprising 6-8 papers, the committee is now making a call for theoretically and methodologically informed papers on:

–   Stemmatology in theory and practice
–   The Lachmannian approach (old and new)
–   From qualitative to quantitative methods
–   Quantitative methods applied to stemmatology
–   ‘Old’ vs. ‘New’ (or ‘Material’) Philology
–   The study of variants
–   Digital editing of texts from the manuscript age

Proposals should be submitted in the form of an abstract (max 800 words) by the 15th February 2012. The planning committee and appointed referees will review abstracts and select papers. The authors of the selected papers will be notified of their status by the end of May 2012.

The official languages of the meeting are Italian and English. Consequently, abstracts can be submitted in one of these two languages. If your proposal is accepted and you plan to give your talk in Italian, you are kindly requested to use English either in your handout or in your Powerpoint slides. This would help participation in the final discussion.

Please note that talks should last no more than 35 minutes. 10 more minutes will be available for questions. Make sure that people do have time for questions at the end of your presentation (do not exceed 35 minutes).

Submissions of abstracts and other enquiries

Please submit the abstract of your paper as a Word or PDF file to Dr. Raffaele Cioffi <>. He will also help with general enquiries about the meeting.


Sala Convegni del Banco Popolare, Via San Cosimo 10, Verona.

There is no charge for attending the meeting. The meeting will extend from lunch on Thursday 13 to lunch on Saturday 15 September.


Please see the list of hotels in central Verona, in Word or in PDF.

Unfortunately, we cannot by now guarantee the speakers in the call for papers section any reimbursement for their travel and accommodation expenses. Partial or full refund will depend upon availability of funds.

Planning committee

Maria Adele Cipolla
University of Verona

Marina Buzzoni
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Roberto Rosselli Del Turco
University of Torino

Odd Einar Haugen
University of Bergen

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (rosselli at ling unipi it).