CfP: DM Session at IMC 2020

Digital methods are by definition at the border of Medieval Studies. This bold statement is primarily justified by the observation that the application of digital methods is triggered by a research community outside Medieval Studies, i.e. Computer Science and New Media Studies. Therefore, in its interdisciplinary nature digital medieval studies is a border-crossing discipline and breaks up traditionally developed scholarly silos and institutional borders. The experimentation with and application of new methods and technologies challenges traditional perceptions and research approaches. Another kind of digital borders are “metadata borders”. For example, digital cataloging standards create unintended, and sometimes intended, borders and boundaries that prevent data-sharing and linking.

In the light of this proposition the Digital Medievalist will take the opportunity of next years’ general IMC theme (“Borders”) to discuss cutting edge and “border-crossing” digital methods and technologies and/or borders and boundaries caused by digital methods. Topics may include current research in machine learning, computer vision, 3D modeling, IIIF, multispectral imaging, Handwritten Text Recognition, Linked Data and distant reading, etc. Machine learning, for instance, poses specific problems for Medieval Studies, as its success depends on the availability, findability, reusability, and accessibility of large amounts of data. Similar issues exist with the application of other digital methods to medieval material and the session(s) “Digital Borders of Medieval Studies” will be the place to present and discuss them.

The Digital Medievalist community invites the submission of proposals for 20-minute papers covering a topic relating to the session title and focusing on the application of digital methods and technologies for current and future research in the field of Medieval Studies.

Please send your proposal (300 Words incl. a short CV) to dm.imc2020@gmail.com by Sept. 22th.

Materiality in Digital Editing – State of the Art – Panel at IMC 2019

At this years International Medieval Congress in Leeds, the Digital Medievalist organised a panel on the relationship between Materiality and Digital Scholarly Editing. Alberto Campagnolo, James Cummings, Franz Fischer, Daniela Schulz, and Georg Vogeler presented their impression on the state of the art and future directions. Here, you can find the slides of this presentation:
Materiality in Digital Editing – State of the Art_DM@IMC2019

DM Elections 2019 – Results

Dear Digital Medievalist community, 

The tally for Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections (term 2019-2021) has been computed and released. We now have the pleasure of announcing the results from the 2019 DM elections. In alphabetical order, the elected members of the community to the Board are:

•               Roman Bleier, Graz University

•               Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America

•               Els De Paermentier, Ghent University

•               Rose Faunce, Australia National University

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,

The DM Elections Committee:

Greta Franzini

James B. Harr III

Lynn Ransom

Digital Medieval Congress 2019, Call for Proposals

1. NUME, Research Group on Latin Middle Ages, organizes in 2019 the first entirely virtual congress dedicated to medieval studies (DMC – Digital Medieval Congress).

2. The theme chosen for the first edition of the DMC is the ENVIRONMENT, in its broadest sense. We will consider Contributions investigating the problem of the relationship between medieval man and the environment in which he lived, the way in which it was perceived, imagined and transformed, with particular attention to the problem of its mental representation and the impact that this representation had on specific aspects of medieval European culture. Possible topics and approaches include but are not restricted to:

– The mutual impact between the urban context and the natural environment, and how one transforms the other;
– Researches on solutions adopted by medieval man in terms of pollution, urban hygiene, conception and use of green spaces;
– The environment understood and disseminated by political propaganda, theological reflection and artistic elaboration;
– Walking, traveling, fighting, hunting in the landscape;
– Empty places and human contexts;
– Dreamed, imagined, desired places;
– Tools and surveys for understanding the medieval landscape;
– Representations and use of animals, plants and minerals as “resources” (material, cultural, etc.).

3. There are no disciplinary limitations: contributions of history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies will be accepted.

– Contributions with two or more speakers are accepted;
– Contributions already structured in panels and leaded by a coordinator are accepted.

4. Participation proposals must have abstract format, written on a single pdf file in English, not exceeding 300 words. Furthermore, 5 keywords identifying the topic will have to be reported in the same file. Proposals must be accompanied by a short CV (no more than 1000 words), and sent by September 6th, 2019 to the email address:

info[AT]nuovomedioevo.it

NB: In the case of panels, the proposal must include a general title with a general presentation not exceeding 300 words, followed by abstracts of all the interventions (presented as in point 4.)

5. Proposals will be evaluated by the Review Board on the basis of quality, interest and originality. The judgment of the Commission will be unquestionable.

6. The Commission will notify the convocation for the speakers considered suitable by September 20th, 2019. The previous membership of the NUME Association does not necessarily imply the convocation.

7. The selected speakers will be asked to prepare a video intervention not exceeding 20 minutes, and to send it by October 12th, 2019 at:

info[AT]nuovomedioevo.it

8. The selected speakers will be required a registration fee (30 EURO each). Speakers who are not yet NUME Members will have to register with our Association (20 EURO membership fee).

9. The congress will be held on October 31st, 2019 on our social platform Numet. All received videos will be uploaded on the site, and organized in virtual rooms in which users from all over the world will be able to access and to follow and comment on the interventions. Chat rooms will also be created in which users can access to follow and animate the debate on contents.

10. At the end of the congress, all the contributions will be collected in a volume with the conference Proceedings. Speakers will be required to send a paper of their intervention by February 28th, 2020 (20,000 characters, notes and spaces included). Speakers who do not respect this deadline will be excluded from publication.

11. The Conference program will be published by October 20th, 2019.

12. The deadlines set out in this call must be strictly observed, otherwise the contribution will be excluded from the call.

NB: Please read the call at: https://www.nuovomedioevo.it/2019/06/17/digital-medieval-congress-2019/

Call for Nominations to DM Board 2019–2021

Digital Medievalist will be holding elections in June 2019 for five positions to its Executive Board. Board positions are for two year terms and incumbents may be re-elected (for a maximum of three terms in a row). 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 so it is expected that you are willing and able to commit a little bit of time to helping Digital Medievalist undertake some of its activities (such as helping to run its its journal, conference sessions, etc.).

For more information about the elections, see: https://digitalmedievalist.wordpress.com/elections-2019/

For further information about the Executive and Digital Medievalist more generally please see the DM website, particularly:

We are now seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for the annual elections. In order to be eligible for election, candidates must be members of Digital Medievalist (membership is conferred simply by subscription to the organisation’s mailing list, dm-l) and have made some demonstrable contribution either to the DM project (e.g. to the mailing list, or the wiki, etc.), or to the field of digital medieval studies.

If you are interested in running for these positions or are able to recommend a suitable candidate, please contact Lynn Ransom (lransom[AT]upenn.edu) or Greta Franzini (greta.franzini[AT]unicatt.it) who will treat your nomination or enquiries in confidence. The nomination period will close at 23:59 UTC on Saturday, June 8, and voting closes on Monday 1st July 2019, 23:59 GMT.