Digital Medievalist communities

On 18th January we made an announcement on our mailing list and Facebook page about an analysis conducted on the Digital Medievalist social network, which revealed a minimal overlap between our Facebook community and the followers of our official Mailing list and Discussion Forum.

This thought-provoking analysis was carried out by Gene Lyman, the DM Journal reviews editor, by comparing the names of the individuals registered to our Facebook group and those who subscribe to the mailing list. The task was not trivial, and while not an error-free procedure, it nonetheless highlighted that only a very small percentage of individuals (around 9-10%) are members of both communities.

This is an interesting observation. Thanks to Gene’s network analysis skills, we will be looking at the state of our—de facto—communities more in detail to have a better idea of our different audiences. To gain deeper insight into the nature of these communities and into your expectations or needs we are planning a community survey to which we hope many of you will contribute.


The Digital Medievalist Executive Board

New Editor-in-Chief for the Digital Medievalist Journal

After six years of hard work and commitment, Malte Rehbein has decided to step down from his role of Editor-in-Chief of the Digital Medievalist Journal.

Malte took on his role in 2009, and has contributed ever since to the stabilization of the publication workflow and the incubator system, leading to the successful publication of 37 articles and reviews. A great achievement indeed. We are sorry to see him go.

The Executive Board has decided to appoint Franz Fischer as new Editor-in-Chief.

We would like to thank Malte on behalf of the Digital Medievalist community and wish godspeed to Franz for his new role!

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!