A welcome (and a farewell)

Dear Digital Medievalist Members

It has come the time for me to leave the Executive Board (having finished my third and last possible biannual term). For the last five years, after a first year as vice-director, I have tried my best to fill the big shoes of my predecessors as Board Director.

I have seen the community grow and become ever more engaged, both in the DistList and through social media, and, last year, I’ve introduced the student and early-career sub-committee as a means to foster collaboration with and involve in DM a number of talented scholars at the beginning of their careers, with all their energy and stimulating ideas.

I now leave the Direction of DM in the very capable hands of Lynn Ransom. Lynn is Curator of Programs at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and, since 2008, she has directed the Schoenberg Database for Manuscripts. Lynn joined DM in 2016 and has been an invaluable member of the Executive Board since the very beginning.

This year, we also say goodbye to a number of longstanding members of the Board: Franz Fischer, who will carry on his role as Editor-in-Chief of the Digital Medievalist Journal, Mike Kestemont, and Georg Vogeler.

It has been an exciting six-years, and I am looking forward to all the good work that the new board, under Lynn’s direction, will undoubtedly do.

Farewell to you all and good luck to Lynn and the new board.

Alberto Campagnolo

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

Digital Medievalist Journal – Call for Submissions

Dear digital medievalist community,

Digital Medievalist is an indexed (see below), open access and internationally peer-reviewed scholarly journal, devoted to topics likely to be of interest to medievalists working with digital media, though they need not be exclusively medieval in focus. It publishes work of original research and scholarship, theoretical articles on digital topics, notes on technological topics, commentary pieces discussing developments in the field, bibliographic and review articles, tutorials, and project reports. The journal also encourages reviews of books and major electronic sites and projects. All contributions are reviewed before publication by authorities in humanities computing.

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available. Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

The journal’s publisher, Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability. Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services: Nordic list, Google Scholar, Chronos, ExLibris, EBSCO Knowledge Base, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, OpenAire and ScienceOpen.

Prospective authors should consult the Author Guidelines at: https://journal.digitalmedievalist.org/about/submissions/

More information can be found at the journal’s homepage: https://journal.digitalmedievalist.org/

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Digital Medievalist Editorial Board

Digital Diplomatics 2020 Call for Posters

Digital Diplomatics 2020 will bring together selected leading and upcoming experts in the study of Digital Diplomatics and related fields, to facilitate a productive exchange on the state and the future of the field. The conference will include expert panels, lightning talks, and a poster session, which is currently open for submissions. We are soliciting posters on any subject related to the study of charters and computing, including:

Machine Learning for Digital Diplomatics
Linguistic Corpora for Digital Diplomatics
Digitally Mediated Archives for Diplomatics
The Future of Diplomatics

Rolling Deadline no later than 17 March 12:00 GMT.
More information at https://digdipl20.hypotheses.org/87

Introducing DM’s Student and Early-Career Sub-Committee

Dear Digital Medievalist Members

If you recall, a couple of years ago, we ran a community survey to better understand our constituency, and its interests and expectations. We have used the survey results to guide our decisions and better represent the DM community. A significant issue that was highlighted by the survey was a certain lack of participation by part of (post-)graduate students and early career researchers. 

We have decided to tackle the problem by instituting a new subcommittee of students and early career scholars to work in parallel to the Executive Board, aiming at engaging with their peers and help the board in its activities.  

We have invited 8 outstanding and enthusiastic candidates to be part of this first instalment of the subcommittee. I will work as a liaison between the two boards to guarantee active communication and collaboration between the two boards. 

If the experiment will be successful—and I am confident it will!—we would like to call on the community once more to update the bylaws and make the subcommittee an official branch of DM, with regular calls for nominations and elections, as it is for the Executive Board. 

Allow me, therefore, to introduce the members of the subcommittee (in alphabetical order):

Hannah Busch: PhD candidate studying the application of Artificial Intelligence for the study of medieval Latin palaeography, at Huygens ING, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Nathan Daniels: PhD candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University, studying Parisian guilds, urban space and topography, with related interests in digital editions of historical texts, linked open data, and mapping.

Selina Galka: currently finishing the Joint-Masters-Degree in German Medieval Philology and studying the MA “Digital Humanities” at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. 

Tessa Gengnagel: PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, with a background in History and Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and an interest in digital scholarly editions of non-textual materials.

James Harr, III: PhD student focusing on medieval media studies, petitionary networks, and material semiotics in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University.

Aylin Malcolm: PhD candidate studying medieval literature and science, including digital editions of scientific manuscripts, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Caitlin Postal: PhD student caught between medieval literature, material culture, temporality, and digitality at the University of Washington.

Daniela Schulz studied History and English in Cologne, with a focus on medieval history, and also received some training in what’s now commonly called “Digital Humanities”. She is writing a doctoral thesis focusing on the digital edition of an early medieval Roman law text.

Alberto Campagnolo