2020 Election Results

Dear Digital Medievalist community,

The tally for Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections (term 2020-2022) has been computed and released. We now have the pleasure of announcing the results from the 2020 DM elections. In alphabetical order, the elected members of the community to the Board are:

• Luise Borek, TU Darmstadt
• Tobias Hodel, University of Berne
• Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar
• Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies
• Claudia Sojer, University of Innsbruck

We would like to thank the other candidates for standing and providing us with an outstandingly rich choice. Thank you for your participation!

Best wishes to the new DM board and the DM community in a most unusual year!

The 2020 DM Elections Committee:
Alberto Campagnolo
James Harr
Georg Vogeler

DM Elections 2019 – Results

Dear Digital Medievalist community, 

The tally for Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections (term 2019-2021) has been computed and released. We now have the pleasure of announcing the results from the 2019 DM elections. In alphabetical order, the elected members of the community to the Board are:

•               Roman Bleier, Graz University

•               Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America

•               Els De Paermentier, Ghent University

•               Rose Faunce, Australia National University

We would like to thank the other candidates for standing and providing us with an outstandingly rich choice. Thank you for your participation!

Best wishes to the new DM board, and the DM community as a whole,

The DM Elections Committee:

Greta Franzini

James B. Harr III

Lynn Ransom

Call for Nominations to DM Board 2019–2021

Digital Medievalist will be holding elections in June 2019 for five 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 is expected that you are willing and able to commit a little bit of time to helping Digital Medievalist undertake some of its activities (such as helping to run its its journal, conference sessions, etc.).

For more information about the elections, see: https://digitalmedievalist.wordpress.com/elections-2019/

For further information about the Executive and Digital Medievalist more generally please see 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 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 Lynn Ransom (lransom[AT]upenn.edu) or Greta Franzini (greta.franzini[AT]unicatt.it) who will treat your nomination or enquiries in confidence. The nomination period will close at 23:59 UTC on Saturday, June 8, and voting closes on Monday 1st July 2019, 23:59 GMT.

Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections 2018 – Tally

Election can be accessed on heliosvoting.org (accessible to the voters):


Question #1
Who would you like to elect as members of the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist? (choose up to 5 candidates)

ALBERTO CAMPAGNOLO, Library of Congress –Standing for re-election– 61
JEAN-BAPTISTE CAMPS, PSL Research University 31
ROBERTO DEL MONTE, NUME International Research Group 12
FRANZ FISCHER, University of Cologne –Standing for re-election– 65
MIKE KESTEMONT, University of Antwerp –Standing for re-election– 50
LYNN RANSOM, University of Pennsylvania Libraries –Standing for re-election– 69
ERIN SEBO, Flinders University 30
ENGIN CIHAD TEKEN, Hacettepe University Technopolis 24
GEORG VOGELER, University of Graz –Standing for re-election– 52
HEATHER WACHA, University of Wisconsin, Madison 38


Elections 2018

Election to the DM board 2018-2020, 25th June until Sunday 6th July 2018, 23:59 GMT.

To vote in the election you must be one of the subscribers to the Digital Medievalist mailing list, . To vote, use the link and the voting token that have been sent to the email address that you have used to register to DM.
Board positions are for two year terms and incumbents may be re-elected. Members of the board are responsible for the overall direction of the organisation. This is a working board and candidates should be willing and able to commit time to Digital Medievalist.
For more information about the election procedure, board roles and bylaws, see:


Election results

2018-2020 CANDIDATES:

Alberto Campagnolo

Alberto Campagnolo 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 is now finishing a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). Alberto, in collaboration with Dot Porter (SIMS, UPenn Libraries, Philadelphia, PA), has been involved from the onset in the development of VisColl, a model and tool for the recording and visualization of the gathering structure of books in codex format. Alberto has served on the Digital Medievalist board since 2014, first as Deputy Director, and as Director since 2015.

Jean-Baptiste Camps

I started my training in digital medieval scholarship by a MA ‘Digital Technologies applied to History’ at the École des chartes in 2006-2008, with a thesis on the quantitative study of troubadour manuscripts. After working as a library curator, I did my PhD (Univ. Paris-Sorbonne) on the edition of the `Chanson d’Otinel’, with the aim to develop models to closely integrate ecdotics with digital methods (modelling, statistics, algorithmics and artificial intelligence), both for data production and analysis. I have been course leader for the master’s degree `Digital Technologies applied to History’ in 2013-2017, and now supervise the new research MA ‘Digital & Computational Humanities’ (PSL University). I teach computational philology, digital scholarly editing and  quantitative methods in the historical sciences. My main research interests are in stemmatology, stylometry, quantitative palaeography and codicology, as well as ecdotics, for Old French and Old Occitan texts and manuscripts.

Roberto Del Monte

I have a Master’s degree in History of Medieval Art, achieved in 2013 at the University of Florence, Italy (final marks 110/110 with distinction). For three years I have been leading the NUME International Research Group, developing a digital network of scholars around the world, coordinating the organization of conferences on medieval studies, the publication of specialist studies, the creation of interdisciplinary events and digital projects (e.g. the 3D reconstruction of some italian churches hit by earthquake in 2016). I’ve published articles on History of Medieval Art in Italy and France, worked with scientific journals and attended international conferences. I have experience in networking management, editing and managing digital contents: I would like to run for Journal Associate Editor, News Feed Administrator or Facebook Administrator position.

Franz Fischer

Franz Fischer 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. From 2013-2017 he coordinated the EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Digital Scholarly Editions DiXiT. Franz Fischer is a founding member of the Institute 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

I enjoy 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 was involved in co-editing a recent 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

Lynn Ransom 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, an online, user-driven, community-maintained tool and database 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.

Erin Sebo

Erin is a specialist on Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry and historical linguistics. She has taught at Monash University (Melbourne), University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon Literature at Flinders University (Adelaide). She is a collaborator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the study of the History of Emotion and winner of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her first monograph, In Enigmate: the history of a riddle from 400-1500, is forthcoming from Four Courts Press.

Engin Cihad Tegin

He is now working on building a new digital library project called “readment.com”. Readment is unique and comprehensive multi lingual encyclopedic digital library project. Previously, he has worked as an academic advisor to the Executive Board of Hacettepe University Technopolis for electronic documents and archival sources. He completed his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science. His studies focus on European and Ottoman book history between 1450-1700. His dissertation discussed Ottoman Book Culture from the perspective of European Travellers between 1453-1699 with 122 European travellers. Engin has also built and managed Turkey’s first Digital Library Project ( pecya.com ) between 2006-2010. Pecya was funded by Turkey’s scientific state funds and it has a full text search cloud based library system with a digital copyright agreement of 220 foundations, archives and publishers in Turkey, as well as 3.5 million pages of copyrighted materials, manuscripts and rare books. Engin studies book history, digital history, digital humanities, search engine technologies and digital technologies for text mining and new text technologies. He also focuses on rare books, Ottoman manuscripts, as well as book history and prohibited books of Europe. He is a member of the Islamic manuscript Association in Cambridge and he served as the Turkish representative for the Azerbaijani Institute of Manuscripts between 2010-2013. He is also looking for a academic position outside Turkey.

Georg Vogeler

I’m a trained medievalist with a specialisation in historical auxiliary sciences. I did my PhD on late medieval tax administration records and my habilitation on the use of the charters of Emperor Frederic II in Italy. Meanwhile I got intrigued with digital methods, started the Charters Encoding Initiative (http://www.cei.lmu.de), contributed to the technical development of largest charter portal monasterium.net (http://www.monasterium.net, http://github.com/icaruseu/mom-ca), became member of the Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (http://www.i-d-e.de) and engaged in other fields of digital methods in medieval studies. Finally I ended up as chair for Digital Humanities at the Centre for Information Modelling at Graz University, member of the board of the digital medievalist, and member of the board of directors of the TEI. In the DM board I try to support those in the front line from the background. If reelected this would not change. But I would hope and try to put effort into, that the DM community can broaden its self perception from people being subscribed to a mailing list to enthusiasts of digital tools applied to medieval studies who are engaged in lots of activities: social media, scholarly publications, conferences, research projects.

Heather Wacha

As a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies, I would be delighted to serve on the Digital Medievalist Executive Board. My interest and passion for the digital humanities began while I was working on my doctorate, when a GIS class showed me how to ask new research questions of my 13th-century sources. I was also interested in disseminating public history projects via digital media and decided to create a set of educational videos about medieval manuscripts.  Since then I have taken on the digital edition of a 13th-century cartulary from northern France using TEI encoding, the editing of ten mappaemundi in Digital Mappa, a software environment developed by Martin Foys, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, the use of social network analysis for visualizing the relationships between mappaemundi and their textual sources, and the multispectral imaging of stains (#StainAlive). For medievalists, it is crucial we continue to recognize the benefits of using digital technologies to advance scholarship in our discipline and I see my present and future careers continuing to inform myself and helping others put these technologies into practice.