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)

Two graphical models for the analysis and comparison of cartularies

Dear digital medievalists,

We are very pleased to announce the publication of our latest article:

Two graphical models for the analysis and comparison of cartularies
by Julio Escalona, Cristina Jular Pérez-Alfaro and Anna Bellettini


This paper presents and discusses two of a number of methods for the computer-aided analysis of cartularies that are currently under development at the Instituto de Historia – CSIC. The first one, which we call the Order/Date Model, is oriented to the integral visualization and analysis of an individual cartulary as a project. The second, which we call the Order/Order Model, is applied to pairs of cartularies that share at least part of their contents, and is aimed at revealing to what extent the most recent one made use of the oldest. Our method is based upon a relational database that stores all the information about the cartularies and a number of statistical graphs that generate a two-dimensional grid (the Order/Date or the Order/Order grids) upon which additional variables can be displayed. Our method draws on traditional codicological and palaeographical methods of analysis, but it represents a significant development, as it allows to visualize in an intuitive way very complex phenomena that are otherwise hard to grasp or difficult to analyze manually.

You can read the full paper at:

DM-Board Election Results

We have the pleasure of announcing the results from the DM elections 2016.

The tally for Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections (term 2016-2018) has been computed and released:

Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections 2016 – Tally

As two candidates collected the same number of votes, the outgoing Board unanimously decided to co-opt a ninth member for the nearest term.

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

  • Alberto Campagnolo
  • Franz Fischer
  • Mike Kestemont
  • Lynn Ransom
  • Georg Vogeler

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,

Alexei and Emiliano

Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections 2016 – Tally

Election URL (accessible to the voters):


Question #1
Who would you like to elect as members of the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist for the 2016-2018 term? (Candidates are listed in alphabtical order of their surnames)

Alberto Campagnolo 39
Franz Fischer 43
Torsten Hiltmann 14
Mike Kestemont 31
Gene Lyman 12
Lynn Ransom 39
Georg Vogeler 31

VOTE NOW – DM Elections

Voting for the DM board 2016-2018 OPENS NOW until TUE 12 July 2016, 23:59 GMT.

To vote in the election you must be one of the subscribers to the Digital Medievalist mailing list, <dm-l at> (Follow <> to join). 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).

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