CfP: Anachronism and the Medieval (Galway, Ireland)

A seminar dedicated to “Anachronism and the Medieval” is planned for the next European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Conference, to be held from 22-26 August 2016 in Galway, Ireland. The organizers look forward to receiving proposals for papers to be presented in this seminar.

This seminar focuses on anachronism, broadly defined, and its relation to the medieval period. Often understood negatively as a computational fault or disruptive error, anachronism is closely related to archaism, presentism, and para-/pro-chronism, as well as to the notion of the preposterous (in its literal Latin sense of “before-behind”). Contributors to this seminar might reflect on broad issues of temporality or particular instances of anachronism—intentional or unintentional—in relation to medieval literary exemplars, but equally welcomed are contributions that explore anachronicity in conjunction with later (Renaissance to contemporary) engagements with the medieval past and its textual traditions.

According to the ESSE conference website ( “The seminar format is intended to encourage lively participation on the part of both speakers and members of the audience. For this reason, papers will be orally presented in no longer than 15 minutes rather than read. Reduced versions of the papers will be circulated beforehand among participants.”

Please send proposals of 300 words to both Yuri Cowan [yuri(dot)cowan(at)ntnu(dot)no] and Lindsay Reid [lindsay(dot)reid(at)nuigalway(dot)ie] no later than 28 February 2016. Earlier submissions would be appreciated.

Call for Papers: Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought, slated for April 7-9, 2016

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,
Conference Director,
Department of English
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77340

DM Board Elections 2015-2017 — Results

We have the pleasure of announcing the results from the DM elections 2015.

The tally for Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections (term 2015-2017) has been computed and released:

In alphabetical order the elected members of the community to the Board are:

  • Emiliano Degl’Innocenti
  • Els De Paermentier
  • Greta Franzini
  • Dominique Stutzmann

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


Voting open for DM board (2015-2017)

Voting for the DM board 2015-2017 OPENS NOW until TUE 30th JUNE, GMT midnight.

To vote in the election you must be one of the subscribers to the
Digital Medievalist mailing list, <dm-l at> (Follow
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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 and leading the Digital Medievalist’s
many projects and programmes. This is a working board and candidates
should be willing and able to commit time to helping Digital
Medievalist undertake some of its activities (such as hands on
copy-editing of its journal).

Information about Digital Medievalist is available at its website. See


If you have not received your voting link and token, or for any other problem, please, email the returning officers directly at alberto.campagnolo [at] or georg.vogeler [at]


2015-2017 CANDIDATES (in alphabetical order by surname):

  • Emiliano Degl’Innocenti
  • Els De Paermentier
  • Andrew Dunning
  • Greta Franzini
  • Gregory Heyworth
  • Nicolas Perreaux
  • Dominique Stutzmann



The following biographical candidate statements (in alphabetical order by
surname) are intended to help you decide for whom you may wish to
vote. There are 4 positions available and so you may cast a total of
up to 4 votes.


Degree in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Florence. Currently Head of the Computing in the Humanities Dept. at Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino and Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Florence. Adjunct Professor of Computing in the Humanities at the University of Florence and teacher for the Master in Digital Humanities at the University of Siena. Involved in national and international D/H projects: Digital Plutei of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture), Digitization of the Colonial Archives in Cameroon (promoted by the British Library), CENDARI (funded by EU under the 7th FP) and PARTHENOS (funded under the H2020 programme). Director of digitization projects (, scholarly databases ( and research tools (TRAME meta-search engine for medieval manuscripts (; invited expert of COST Action IS1005. Member of the Scientific Committee at Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Associate Editor at Frontiers in Digital Humanities, Communication Officer for DARIAH.IT, co-leader of the Medievalist’s Sources DARIAH-EU working group.


Els De Paermentier is Assistant Professor in Medieval Diplomatics and Palaeography at Ghent University (Belgium). In 2010 she completed her PhD on the organisation of the comital chancery in the counties of Flanders and Hainaut (1191-1244). For her research she elaborated a new computer-aided methodology to determine the editorial origin of charter texts. In 2012 she received a COST Action grant for a short term scientific mission (one month) at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT) in Paris, where she examined the interoperability between the Belgian and French Latin source databases Diplomata Belgica and TELMA-databases (Traitement Électronique des Manuscrits et des Archives). Shortly afterwards she became a member of the COST Action Programm IS1005: Medieval Europe – Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources and joined the working group for the design of a virtual center for medieval studies (VCMS) (2012-2015). In September 2013 she co-organised, among other scholarly meetings, the three-days seminar Historical Documents, Digital Approaches. Mark-up, Analysis and Representation of Medieval Texts. Theory and Practice. She is currently a member of the academic board of the project Sources from the Medieval Low Countries (SMLC). A Multiple Database System for the Launch of Diplomata Belgica and for a Completely Updated Version of Narrative Sources (dir. Jeroen Deploige, Ghent University) and of the steering committee of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH).


Andrew Dunning is finishing his doctorate at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, and will be an RBC-Bodleian Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Book, University of Oxford in 2016. He is currently producing TEI-encoded collections of the unpublished works of Alexander Neckam (1157–1217) and Samuel Presbiter (fl. 1200), and is a contributor to forthcoming digital catalogues of the scribal additions to the books of Matthew Parker (1504–1574) and John Stow (1524/5–1605). His edition of Samuel Presbiter’s Collecta ex diuersis auditis in scola magistri Willelmi de Monte (Notes from the School of William de Montibus) will be published by PIMS in 2015 through the Toronto Medieval Latin Texts series.


Greta Franzini is a Classicist by training. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (, University of London. There, she conducts interdisciplinary research in Latin philology, codicology, literary criticism and text visualisation. Greta’s specific interests lie within (ancient) languages, codicology and digital editions. Part of her doctoral studies has resulted in the creation of a Catalogue of Digital Editions ( and the final output of her PhD will consist of a digital documentary edition of an early Latin manuscript ( In order to fund her doctoral studies, Greta works as a full­time early career researcher ( at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) (, University of Göttingen. There, she’s involved in research pertaining to historical text re­use and jointly coordinates the Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities (­dialog­digital­humanities/), a seminar series inspired by the Digital Classicist but with a broader scope. Prior to Göttingen, Greta worked on the Open Greek and Latin Project (­greek­and­latin­project/) at the University of Leipzig, where she coordinated three major digitisation projects (imaging, OCR and TEI XML encoding) aimed at producing open digital versions of a large number of Ancient Greek and Latin printed editions.


After taking a BA in English from Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Princeton in Comparative Literature, Gregory Heyworth began his career at the University of Mississippi as a medievalist with a specialty in textual studies and classical influence. His first book, Desiring Bodies: Ovidian Romance and the Cult of Form (Notre Dame, 2009), won the 2010 Choice Oustanding Academic Title award. His interest in textual science and digital humanities began with his edition of the badly damaged Old French poem Les Eschez d’Amours (Brill, 2013) which he recovered using a transportable multispectral imaging system he developed with a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. In 2010, Heyworth  founded and now directs the Lazarus Project, a non-profit initiative to recover damaged cultural heritage objects using various imaging technologies. Since its inception, the Lazarus Project has digitally restored scores of damaged works and objects in libraries and collections around the world, including the Vercelli Book and the Martellus Map; it has supported the research of numerous scholars by offering its technology and expertise, and has launched major multispectral digitization projects in Chartres, Tblisi, and Vercelli. Behind the Lazarus Project is a curriculum in textual science that Heyworth developed to train students in a combination of the history of the book, codicology, and spectral imaging, imaging science, and digital display. He is currently working on an edition of the oldest translation of the Gospels into Latin, a book entitled Textual Science and the Future of the Past Roger Easton, and a promising neural net approach to manuscript OCR with his student Eleanor Anthony.

Doctor in Medieval History, currently postdoctoral researcher at Paris XII (ANR Pocram), I have been interested since childhood in technology and programming. After graduating in Science, I headed for the Humanities and Social Sciences. My Master, directed by Eliana Magnani, led me to apply the methods of data mining to diplomatics corpora. Through a doctoral contract, I realized a thesis (directed by Daniel Russo and Eliana Magnani, supported in 2014), based on the manipulation of several major archaeological and textual corpora. This research allowed me to acquire skills in data / text mining, digital humanities, exploratory statistics, geographic information systems, programming (Perl) and historical semantics. During the period 2009-2015, I have worked with several collaborative research projects, including four ANR, all of them about Digital History. Since February 2015, I am postdoc at Paris XII.



After degrees in Classics, History and German studies at the Sorbonne, Dominique Stutzmann studied at the École nationale des Chartes (2002), received a MLIS and worked at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. He completed a PhD on scribal practices of Cistercian communities in medieval Burgundy (statistical analysis of scribal profiles based on TEI encoding). In 2007-2012 and 2015 onwards, he is lecturer for medieval paleography and digital scholarly edition at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and, since 2010, senior researcher at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS). He currently leads as Principal Investigator several research projects in the field of digital humanities (FAMA on Latin bestsellers, ANR Oriflamms, ECMEN on computer automated image analysis applied to palaeography, Saint-Bertin for virtually reconstructing of a former library) and organizes conferences, sessions, summer school (Leeds, Dagstuhl, Saint-Omer).
I am on the Board since 2011 and love the work we are doing for the journal and the community. It is a great community and I am proud to work for it.

Call for Nominations to DM Board 2015–17

Digital Medievalist will be holding elections at the end of June 2015 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 Representatives, 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 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 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, Alberto Campagnolo (alberto.campagnolo [at] and Georg Vogeler (georg.vogeler [at], who will treat your nomination or enquiries in confidence. The nomination period will close at 23:59 UTC on Sunday 7th June. Elections will be held by electronic ballot from Monday 15th June 2015, closing at 23:59 UTC on Saturday 30th June 2015.

Best wishes,

Alberto Campagnolo and Georg Vogeler