DM @ DH Benelux

On 3-5 July Digital Medievalist representatives Mike Kestemont and Els de Paermentier attended the DH Benelux Conference in Utrecht with a poster about Digital Medievalist!

This is the preview PNG image of the poster.

Poster of Digital Medievalist

If you would like to have the high resolution TIFF version of the poster, please contact Digital Medievalist at: DMedievalist(at)googlegroups(dot)com

Congreso Humanidades Digitales: Miradas hacia la Edad Media

Upcoming Conference announcement (in Spanish)

Estimadas/os compañeras/os,
Tenemos el placer de presentar el Congreso Internacional de la Red de Estudios Medievales Interdisciplinares Humanidades Digitales: miradas hacia la Edad Media que se celebrará del 9 al 11 de octubre de 2017, en la Facultad de Filología de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. El evento tiene como propósito crear un espacio propicio para la exposición, reflexión, diálogo y debate entre investigadores especializados o interesados en el medievalismo y las HD.

Tendrán cabida todas aquellas propuestas de carácter transversal y multidisciplinar, que combinen una o varias áreas de la medievalística (Filología, Arte, Historia, Filosofía, Música…) con las HD. Entre las posibles líneas temáticas, se acogerán comunicaciones sobre:

– Métodos y herramientas al servicio de los Estudios Medievales
– Las HD y la interdisciplinariedad en el campo de los Estudios Medievales
– Patrimonio europeo medieval digital. Nuevas formas y nuevos caminos
– Presentación de corpora, repertorios y bases de datos (Edad Media)
– Ediciones digitales de obras medievales
– ¿Hay futuro para las Humanidades fuera de las HD? Reflexiones sobre el presente y el futuro de los Estudios Medievales

Toda la información actualizada podrá consultarse en la web oficial , y cualquier consulta podrá dirigirse al correo electrónico medievodixital(AT)

Con esta llamada queremos invitaros a participar enviando vuestras propuestas de comunicación antes del 31 de mayo a través del formulario que figura en la citada página.

Rogamos vuestra colaboración en la difusión de esta actividad y quedamos a vuestra disposición.
Comité organizador


View and download the conference flyer HERE.

The Normans in the South

Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages
Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 2017
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

[PDF flyer HERE]

By some accounts, 1017 marked the advent of the Norman presence in Italy and Sicily, inaugurating a new era of invasion, interaction and integration in the Mediterranean. Whether or not we decide the millennial anniversary is significant, the moment offers an ideal opportunity to explore the story in the south, about a thousand years ago. To what extent did the Normans establish a cross-cultural empire? What can we learn by comparing the impact of the Norman presence in different parts of Europe? What insights are discoverable in comparing local histories of Italy and Sicily with broader historical ideas about transformation, empire and exchange? The conference draws together established, early-career and post-graduate scholars for a joint investigation of the Normans in the South, to explore together the many meetings of cultural, political and religious ideas in the Mediterranean in the central Middle Ages.

The three-day conference features 80 speakers from around the world, and three parallel strands of sessions: ‘Conquest and Culture’, ‘Art and Architecture’ and ‘Power and Politics’.

Secure your place: register by 31 May 2017 at:

Meal bookings optional; conference dinner places limited; early booking strongly recommended.

Conference Website and Programme

Keynote Speakers

Professor Graham Loud (University of Leeds)
Professor Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)
Professor Sandro Carocci (University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’)

featuring a short highlight talk by
Professor David Abulafia (University of Cambridge)


Please contact the conference organizer:
Dr Emily A. Winkler (emily.winkler(AT)


The Haskins Society
St Edmund Hall, Oxford
The John Fell OUP Fund (Oxford)
The Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East
The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH)

Monasteries in the Digital Humanities: International Conference

Monasteries in the Digital Humanities
Kraków-Tyniec, Benedictine Abbey, 13–16 September 2017

The conference is organised by the Friends of History Society in Wrocław, Branch of the Polish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Institute of History, University of Opole, and the Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec.


  1. Presentation of the history of monasteries and religious orders on the internet (monasticons, portals and blogs, websites, databases, maps etc.).
  2. Digital reconstruction of former monasteries, virtual monastery libraries, utility rooms in monasteries etc.
  3. Digitisation of the written legacy of monasteries.
  4. Creation of platforms providing information and bringing together scholars researching monasteries.
  5. Dissemination of knowledge of monasteries and religious orders online.
  6. Possibilities of creating an online monasticon encompassing monasteries located both in Europe (including Poland) and other parts of the world.
  7. Digital tools and resources in humanities research. Problems – solutions – proposals.

Please send us the proposed titles of your full papers (up to 20 min.) and short communication papers (up to 10 min.) to: derwich(at)gmail(dot)com before 15 November 2016.

The languages of the conference will be generally international conference languages. However, we may organise separate sections devoted to Polish topics.

We plan to publish a volume of conference proceedings.
The conference fee is PLN 200 (EUR 50).

We will provide full board and accommodation for participants from outside Poland and will reimburse their travel expenses. Polish participants will cover the cost of accommodation, but will receive fees for preparing their papers (approx. PLN 500).
At the end of the conference, on 16 September, we will organise a tour of Kraków monasteries.

Yours sincerely,
Prof Dr Hab. Marek Derwich
Monika Michalska

Technologies for handwritten text image recognition, search and alignment

As part of the HIMANIS project (HIstorical MANuscript Indexing for user-controlled Search), Enrique Vidal (professor of computer science at the Universitat Politècnica de València – Spain) will give a conference entitled:

Technologies for handwritten text image recognition, search and alignment

Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 14h00

Three types of technologies which have been developed at the Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technology (PRHLT) research center of the UPV will be outlined, each followed by live demonstrations:

1. Automatic and computer assisted (interactive) handwritten text recognition.
2. Indexing and Search for large collections of handwritten text images.
3. Aligning existing transcripts with corresponding text images: line, word and character-level alignments.

IRHT — Centre Félix Grat
40 avenue d’Iéna
75016 Paris

Enrique Vidal is a professor of computer science at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and former co-leader of the Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technology (PRHLT) research center in this University. He has published more than two hundred research papers in the fields of Pattern Recognition, Multimodal Interaction and applications to Language, Speech and Image Processing and led many important projects in these fields. Dr. Vidal is a member of the IEEE and a fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).