Upcoming Conference: 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

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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:
http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/conferences-events/history-faculty/history-faculty/the-normans-in-the-south-mediterranean-meetings-in-the-central-middle-ages

Meal bookings optional; conference dinner places limited; early booking strongly recommended.

Conference Website and Programme

www.haskinssociety.org/Normans-in-the-South

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)

Queries

Please contact the conference organizer:
Dr Emily A. Winkler (emily.winkler(AT)history.ox.ac.uk)

Sponsorship

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

Abstract:

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: http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/10/escalona/

Digital Medievalist Survey

Hey Digital Medievalists!

We need your help.

In order to better understand what you are looking for as a member of the Digital Medievalist community, the DM Executive Board invites you to complete a survey to help us better understand your interests and the expectations. The results of the survey will help us shape community priorities as we prepare a new strategic vision for the community.

Please use the following link to participate in the survey: https://goo.gl/JFSkPQ

*Note*: This survey has already been issued during the executive board election last July. If you have already completed the survey, your answers have been saved and we award you a virtual gold star for your effort and support. You do not need to fill it out again.

Thank you!

The Digital Medievalist Executive Board:
Alberto Campagnolo, President
Emiliano Degl’Innocenti
Greta Franzini
Els De Paermentier
Franz Fischer
Mike Kestemont
Lynn Ransom
Dominique Stutzmann
Georg Vogeler

Monasteries in the Digital Humanities: International Conference

INVITATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Monasteries in the Digital Humanities
Kraków-Tyniec, Benedictine Abbey, 13–16 September 2017

The conference is organised by the Friends of History Society in Wrocław, Branch of the Polish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Institute of History, University of Opole, and the Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec.

Topics:

  1. Presentation of the history of monasteries and religious orders on the internet (monasticons, portals and blogs, websites, databases, maps etc.).
  2. Digital reconstruction of former monasteries, virtual monastery libraries, utility rooms in monasteries etc.
  3. Digitisation of the written legacy of monasteries.
  4. Creation of platforms providing information and bringing together scholars researching monasteries.
  5. Dissemination of knowledge of monasteries and religious orders online.
  6. Possibilities of creating an online monasticon encompassing monasteries located both in Europe (including Poland) and other parts of the world.
  7. Digital tools and resources in humanities research. Problems – solutions – proposals.

Please send us the proposed titles of your full papers (up to 20 min.) and short communication papers (up to 10 min.) to: derwich(at)gmail(dot)com before 15 November 2016.

The languages of the conference will be generally international conference languages. However, we may organise separate sections devoted to Polish topics.

We plan to publish a volume of conference proceedings.
The conference fee is PLN 200 (EUR 50).

We will provide full board and accommodation for participants from outside Poland and will reimburse their travel expenses. Polish participants will cover the cost of accommodation, but will receive fees for preparing their papers (approx. PLN 500).
At the end of the conference, on 16 September, we will organise a tour of Kraków monasteries.

Yours sincerely,
Prof Dr Hab. Marek Derwich
derwich(at)gmail(dot)com
Monika Michalska
michalska(dot)monika(at)gmail(dot)com

Digital Medievalist Journal update

Dear digital medievalists,

We are very pleased to announce the publication of two highly instructive review articles in Digital Medievalist:

(1) A review on the fourth edition of Kiernan’s Electronic Beowulf – by Stephen Carrell, Gwendolyn Davidson, Virgil Grandfield and Daniel Paul O’Donnell: http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/10/copland/

(2) A review on the CATview tool for visualizing text alignment – by Gioele Barabucci: http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/10/barabucci/

Enjoy reading Digital Medievalist: http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/