DM Board Elections 2017-2019

Voting for the DM board 2017-2019 OPENS NOW until Sunday 6th August 2017, 23:59 GMT.

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

If you have not received your voting link and token, please, email the returning officers directly at lransom[AT] and dominique.stutzmann[AT]


2017-2019 CANDIDATES:


Roman Bleier studied History and Religious studies at the University of Graz and completed a Ph.D. in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) at Trinity College, Dublin, with a research focus on digital documentary editing of St Patrick’s epistles. He worked on the Saint Patrick’s Confessio HyperText Stack project at the Royal Irish Academy, was CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and worked as a researcher on various projects at Maynooth University. In spring 2016, Roman became a DiXiT Marie Curie postdoc fellow at the Center for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ZIM-ACDH) at the University of Graz. His research in Graz focused on canonical reference, sustainability and persistent identifiers in digital editions. Currently, Roman works as a postdoc with the KONDE (Competency Network Digital Edition) project at the ZIM-ACDH, he is a member of the Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (IDE) and technical editor of the Versioning Machine (VM).


I started my training in digital medieval scholarship with an MA in `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 the course leader of the Master’s degree `Digital Technologies applied to History’ (2013-2017), and now supervise the new ‘Digital Humanities and Research’ (PSL Research University) Master’s programme. I teach Digital Scholarly Editing, XSLT and Quantitative Philology. My main research interests are in digital philology, text and data mining (stylometry, stemmatology, quantitative palaeography and codicology) and ecdotics for Old French and Old Occitan texts and manuscripts.


Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Studies PhD, Yale University, 1993) has been Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America since 2013. Previously, she spent twenty years cataloguing pre-1600 manuscript collections across the US and has been involved in the development of metadata standards for manuscript cataloguing. She serves on the Advisory Committees for Digital Scriptorium, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, and Fragmentarium, and is deeply engaged in using and promoting both Mirador and IIIF. Publications include: the Beinecke Library Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Vol. IV; The Gottschalk Antiphonary; the Directory of Pre-1600 Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (with Melissa Conway); numerous articles in the fields of manuscript studies and codicology; La Chronique Anonyme Universelle: Reading and Writing History in fifteenth-century France (a critical edition that includes a digital resource developed in collaboration with the Digital Mappaemundi project); and the Manuscript Road Trip blog. She regularly teaches an introduction to manuscript studies at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.


Greta Franzini is a Classicist by training and currently conducts interdisciplinary research in Digital Classics, Digital Scholarly Editing and Natural Language Processing. Greta works as an early career researcher at the University of Goettingen for the Electronic Text Reuse Acquisition project, and, together with the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, jointly maintains the Catalogue of Digital Editions.
Greta has served on the Digital Medievalist Executive and Journal Boards since 2015. In the past two years, Greta has modernised and maintained the Digital Medievalist website; she has managed the Digital Medievalist Facebook and Twitter accounts; she has helped secure reviews and has worked as an Associate Editor for the Digital Medievalist Journal; and finally, she has sought volunteers to help translate the Digital Medievalist Wikipedia page into multiple languages in order to increase outreach. Greta would like to continue working in this capacity and thus stands for re-election.


I have a Master’s degree in History of Medieval Art, obtained in 2013 at the University of Florence, Italy. For the past two 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 an earthquake in 2016). I have 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 content: I would like to run for the Journal Associate Editor, News Feed Administrator or Facebook Administrator positions.


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 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 at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT) in Paris, where she examined the interoperability possibilities 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 Program IS1005: Medieval Europe – Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources, and joined the working group for the design of a virtual centre for medieval studies (VCMS) (2012-2015). Currently, she is a member of the advisory board of the online charter database Diplomata Belgica: The Diplomatic Sources from the Medieval Southern Low Countries and of the steering committee of the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH).


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. After her PhD, she worked on two DH post-docs, The Psalms in Trinity at the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin, and The Psalms In Ireland Before 1600 based at Archbishop Marshes Library in Dublin.  The aim of these projects was to provide context for the Faddan More Psalter (which had recently been discovered) by cataloguing and digitizing pre-modern psalmic material and providing a searchable database of psalmic marginalia.


Engin is working as academic advisor for a number of TUBİTAK’s (The Scientific and Technologcal Research Council of Turkey) digitization and Digital Humanitites projects. 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 PhD 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 ( ) 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 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 working for his own Project- Structured Digital library Project.


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 nine mappamundi in Digital Maxima, a software environment developed by Martin Foys, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, and the use of social network analysis for visualizing the relationships between mappamundi and their textual sources. For medievalists, it is crucial we continue to recognize the benefits of using digital technologies in our discipline and I see my present and future careers helping myself and others put these technologies into practice.