Thursday, January 28, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the programme of the second DiXiT convention to be held in Cologne, 15-18 March 2016, 'Digital Editions: Academia, Cultural Heritage, Society'. Registration is now open!

With a great variety of excellent speakers from various fields the programme comprises sessions on Critical Editing, Building Communities, Cultural Heritage, Social Editing, Funding and Publishing. A large amount of new and current editing projects will be presented during a dedicated poster session. The core programme is preceded by intensive workshops on Publishing Models and Editing beyond XML. Special events will take place in the evening at interesting local venues.

Please find below an outline of the programme. Visit our convention website for abstracts and further details at:

Registration is open & free of charge at:

Early registration is recommended since places for several events are limited.

We look forward to welcoming you in Cologne!

On behalf of the conference committee
Franz Fischer


TUESDAY, 15 March 2016

Workshops, 11 am - 4:30 pm

Future Publishing Models for Digital Scholarly Editions
- Michael Pidd (University of Sheffield)
- Anna-Maria Sichani (Huygens Institute for History of the Netherlands)
- Paul Caton (King’s College London)
- Andreas Triantafyllidis (thinking(dot)gr / vivl(dot)io)

Digital Editing beyond XML
- Fabio Ciotti (University of Roma Tor Vergata)
- Manfred Thaller (University of Cologne)
- Desmond Schmidt (University of Queensland)
- Fabio Vitali (University of Bologna)
- Domenico Fiormonte (University of Edinburgh)

Opening Keynote, 5 pm

Claire Clivaz (University of Lausanne)
Multimodal literacies and continuous data publishing : ambiguous challenges for the editorial competences

WEDNESDAY, 16 March 2016

Critical Editing I, 9 - 11 am

Andreas Speer (University of Cologne)
Blind Spots of Digital Editions: The Case of Huge Text Corpora in Philosophy, Theology and the History of Sciences

Mehdy Sedaghat Payam (SAMT Organization for Research in Humanities, Iran)
Digital Editions and Materiality: A Media-specific Analysis of the First and the Last Edition of Michael Joyce’s Afternoon

Raffaella Afferni, Alica Borgna, Maurizio Lana, Paolo Monella, Timothy Tambassi (Università del Piemonte Orientale)
'But What Should I Put in a Digital Apparatus' - A Not-So-Obvious Choice: New Types of Digital Scholarly Editions

Building Communities, 11 am - 1 pm

Monica Berti (University of Leipzig)
Beyond Academia and Beyond the First World: Editing as Shared Discourse on the Human Past

Timothy L. Stinson (North Carolina State University)
The Advanced Research Consortium: Federated Resources for the Production and Dissemination of Scholarly Editions

Aodhán Kelly (University of Antwerp)
Digital Editing in Society: Valorization and Diverse Audiences

Cultural Heritage, 2 - 4 pm

Hilde Boe (The Munch Museum, Oslo)
Edvard Munch’s Writings: Experiences from Digitising the Museum

Thorsten Schassan (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel)
The Influence of Cultural Heritage Institutions on Scholarly Editing in the Digital Age

Dinara Gagarina, Sergey Kornienko (Perm State University)
Digital Editions of Russia: Provincial Periodicals for Scholarly Usage

Poster Slam & Session, 4 - 6 pm

Museum Lecture, 7 pm
Location: Museum Kolumba

Helene Hahn (Open Knowledge Foundation, Berlin)
OpenGLAM & Civic Tech: Working with the Communities

followed by a reception & guided tour

THURSDAY, 17 March 2016

Social Editing & Funding, 9 - 11 am

Ray Siemens (University of Victoria)
The Social Edition in the Context of Open Social Scholarship

Till Grallert (Orient-Institut Beirut)
The Journal al-Muqtabas Between, HathiTrust, and GitHub: Producing Open, Collaborative, and Fully Referencable Digital Editions of Early Arabic Periodicals - With Almost No Funds

Misha Broughton (University of Cologne)
Crowd-Funding the Digital Scholarly Edition: What We Can Learn From Webcomics, Tip Jars, and a Bowl of Potato Salad

Publishing, 11 am - 1 pm

Mike Pidd (University of Sheffield)
Scholarly Digital Editing by Machines

Anna-Maria Sichani (Huygens Institute for History of the Netherlands)
Beyond Open Access: (Re)use, Impact and the Ethos of Openness in Digital Editing

Alexander Czmiel (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
Sustainable Publishing: Standardization Possibilities For Digital Scholarly Edition Technology

Licenses, 2 - 4 pm

Walter Scholger (Graz University)
Intellectual Property Rights vs. Freedom of Research: Tripping Stones in International IPR Law

Wout Dillen (University of Antwerp)
Editing Copyrighted Materials: On Sharing What You Can

Merisa Martinez (University of Borås), Melissa Terras (University College London)
Orphan Works Databases and Memory Institutions: A Critical Review of Current Legislation

Club Lecture/DiXiT meets Cologne Commons, 7 pm
Location: Stereo Wonderland

Ben Brumfield (Independet Scholar, Texas)
Accidental Editors and the Crowd

Frank Christian Stoffel (Cologne Commons)
My 15 min. fame with creative commons

followed by a live performance by Grüner Würfel Drehkommando

FRIDAY, 18 March 2016

Critical Editing II, 9 - 11 am

Charles Li (University of Cambridge)
Critical Diplomatic Editing: Applying Text-critical Principles as Algorithms

Vera Faßhauer (University of Frankfurt)
Private Ducal Correspondences in Early Modern Germany (1546-1756)

Cristina Bignami, Elena Mucciarelli (University of Tübingen)
The Language of the Objects: 'Intermediality' in Medieval South India

Closing Keynote, 11 am

Arianna Ciula (University of Roehampton)
Modelling Textuality: A Material Culture Framework

-- Dr. Franz Fischer Cologne Center for eHumanities Universität zu Köln, Universitätsstr. 22, D-50923 Köln Telefon: +49 - (0)221 - 470 - 4056

Sunday, January 24, 2016

News! News! News!

Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought--not exactly Medieval, but certainly of interest to medievalists

Medieval Anniversaries 2016-gathered and hosted over at Medieval Histories

600-YEAR-OLD MEDIEVAL BROADSWORD FOUND AFTER 72 YEARS--just came across the wire from, um,

Germany's Beer Purity Law marks 500th anniversary

Evidence for a forgotten ancient language which dates back more than 2,500 years, to the time of the Assyrian Empire, has been found by --not medieval, but so very fascinating.

In Interesting new theses, was pointed to this this past week:  Berserkir and Combat Trauma

Israel hosts World Medieval Fighting Championship

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Conference: "The Material World of the Early Middle Ages"
Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
October 7 - 9, 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Paul Edward Dutton
Simon Fraser University

Robin Fleming
Boston College

Thomas F. X. Noble
University of Notre Dame (Emeritus)

Scholars have long relied upon material evidence in order to understand the early Middle Ages. With the “material turn” of recent years in Medieval Studies, we invite early medievalists of all disciplines and specialization to a conference meant to examine, question, and build upon recent work on materiality. We seek to explore the whole world of the early Middle Ages by including papers that discuss the ways in which early medieval people experienced, altered, and were transformed by the material. By “material,” we include objects, artworks, buildings, texts, and other tangible items that survived as well as the “materials” discussed in texts or found in the natural world that we know existed but have been lost to time, decay, and change. We welcome a range of papers that will investigate this “world” expansively from a variety of vantage points such as the natural world, the materiality of the human body, the built environment, society, religion, and the imagination.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Valerie Garver ( or Lynda Coon ( via email attachment.  On your abstract please provide name, institution, and the title of your proposal.

Abstracts are due June 1, 2016.

Valerie L. Garver, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
Department of History
Co-Coordinator of Medieval Studies 
Submissions Editor, Medieval Prosopography
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Monday, January 18, 2016







SATURDAY, 17 September 2016


Plenary speaker: Richard Firth Green, Humanities Distinguished Professor,
The Ohio State University

Papers are invited on any medieval topic, including, of course, those aligned with the conference theme. While Professor Green’s plenary address will be drawn from his recent work on the world of faerie and his forthcoming book, The Bonny Road: Traffic with the Otherworld in the Middle Ages, “Other Worlds” can be construed to encompass many other worlds indeed, spiritual, supernatural, imaginary or fanciful, social, physical, metaphysical, psychological, gendered, ethnic, geographical—with Paradise, Purgatory, Hell, the past, the future, the cloister, the college, the East, Islam, Judaism, social classes other than one’s own, lands other than one’s own, Camelot, Avalon, and faerie, itself, representing only a few of the possibilities.

Please send 250-word abstracts of papers on any medieval topic no later than 6 May 2016 to:

Mel Storm
Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Week's News

News to me: Scriptorium issues up to 1989 are freely available online:

Fingerprints from Medieval/Early Mod wax seals

Hoping to find more at Cambuskenneth Abbey

New Explanations of How the Plague came and remained active for centuries

A Medieval Prosthetic Foot

Lasers used to create Staffordshire Hoard Replicas

The Gates of the fortress Agathopolis Found

Lehigh U to digitize its manuscripts

Hairstyles Ancient and Medieval depicted at the Red Fort in New Delhi

Ubisoft's medieval game For Honor

A Worthy Kickstarter Campaign for a Viking Coloring Book

Call for Papers
RMMRA 2016
“The Past, Present, and Future of Medieval and Renaissance Texts”

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, June 16‒18, 2016

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites paper and panel proposals for its 2016 conference, to take place on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, June 16‒18, 2016. The conference theme, “The Past, Present, and Future of Medieval and Renaissance Texts,” invites proposals that address any aspect of textual culture, including how medieval and Renaissance authors composed their texts; how texts were affected by their manuscript or early printed context; how works of art could function as visual texts; how texts were received by their intended and unintended audiences; how texts have been transmitted across the centuries; how editorial practice and literary theory have helped form modern approaches to medieval and Renaissance texts; and how advances in digital technology are shaping future directions in the presentation and analysis of texts. As always, while paper and panel proposals that address the conference theme will receive special consideration, proposals in any area of Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be welcome.

The conference will feature two keynote presentations by leading scholars: Sian Echard (University of British Columbia), “‘Examin’d with Original’: Facsimiles of Medieval Manuscripts in the Post-Medieval World”; and Adam Zucker (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “‘Duller Parts’: Comic Stupidity and Difficult Texts.”

Paper and panel proposals should be directed to the RMMRA Program Committee via email to Timothy Graham ( Proposals are due by February 15, 2016. A proposal should include:

    Name of presenter
    Participant category (faculty/graduate student/independent scholar)
    Institutional affiliation
    Preferred mailing address
    Email address
    An abstract of the proposed paper/panel in about 250 words
    Audiovisual requirements and any other specific request

The Program Committee will notify participants if their proposals have been accepted by March 5, 2016. Note that all presenters at the conference must be active members of RMMRA who have paid their annual subscription of $25 by the time of the conference. 

Sarah Davis-Secord, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of History
MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Global Digital Humanities Symposium

April 8-9, 2016
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Free and open to the public. Registration will open in February and is required.

Featured speakers include:
  • Dorothy Kim
  • Alex Gil
  • Radhika Gajjala
  • Hoyt Long
Digital humanities has developed in a range of disciplines and locations across the globe. Initially emergent from initiatives in textual encoding, database building, or critiques of design and media cultures, the field is increasingly drawn together. Present scholarship works at the intersections of what had been disparate approaches. Much digital humanities scholarship is driven by an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of histories, as well as present geographical and cultural positions. Projects that seek to bring grant resources from the West are often met with well-developed and challenging critiques emergent around the globe from communities deeply engaged in their own cultural preservation, as well as in building relationships with other similarly engaged scholars. This symposium, which will include an extended workshop and a mixture of presentation types, engages squarely with issues of power, access, and equity as they affect scholarship in the digital humanities.

Invited speakers and local presenters at this two-day symposium will address how the interdisciplinary practices of digital humanities can and should speak to the global cultural record and the contemporary situation of our planet. Of particular interest is work relevant to or stemming from challenges in the Global South. The symposium seeks to strengthen networks of exchange among DH scholars nationally and internationally.

Themes and topics of this symposium will include:
  • the practice of digital humanities across linguistic, economic, and technological divides
  • digital humanities in the light of current geopolitics
  • the environmental impacts of digital humanities research
  • the inflection of local accents in the practices and ethics of digital humanities
Find out more about the symposium at

Kristen Mapes
Digital Humanities Specialist
College of Arts and Letters
Michigan State University

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thinking about Sacred Time in Medieval Societies of the Middle East
workshop organized by Johannes Pahlitzsch (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz), Youval Rotman (Tel Aviv University), Daniella Talmon-Heller (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Mainz, July 11-12, 2016 
The idea that time is not homogenous – that some moments, days, or months are more privileged than others – was articulated by medieval thinkers of all denominations. The sanctification of such times by special practices seems to have been a universal cultural phenomenon. Yet, the construction of time as sacred, the choice of the specific time units to be set apart and the means by which they were distinguished from profane time, are diverse and dynamic; tied to historical-cultural contexts.
Sacred times were acknowledged in religious calendars that regulate recurrent religious devotions, yet sporadic and singular extraordinary events and situations (such as astrological events and significant natural phenomena) were also marked as times of divine intervention, and so were certain moments in the life-cycle of the individual, or the history of the community. Moreover, manifestations of sacred time played an important role in the formation of communal identity and in community-life, as well as within inter-faith relationships. They create what can be termed ‘ritual coherence’ on the one hand, and produce inter-religious conflicts, due to clashing concepts of sacred time and different calendars, especially between groups who shared the same geographical space, on the other hand.
In the workshop we are suggesting, we wish to investigate thinking about sacred time in the medieval Middle East. We would like to explore the conceptualization of sacred time in theological, legal and devotional works, and debates pertaining to the sanctity of specific times. We hope to elaborate on the different meanings assigned to privileged time, and on the social functions of practices marking sacred time. By bringing together scholars specializing in Judaism, Eastern Christianity and Islam, we hope to address these issues from a wide variety of aspects, disciplines and approaches and enhance our understanding of the medieval Middle East.
Comparative studies are especially welcome. Participants who wish to open a discussion around a specific text are encouraged to do so.
The workshop will be held at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, July 11-12, 2016. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by the organizers (up to a certain sum). 
Those who intend to participate would let us know by January 31, 2016. 
With best regards
Johannes Pahlitzsch
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Monday, January 11, 2016

Call for Papers

Beyond Borders: Mutual Imaginings of 
Europe and the Middle East (800-1700)
Barnard College's 25th Biannual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Recent scholarship is challenging the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800-1700.  Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, scholars are revealing the depth of their mutual influence. Trade, war, migration, and scholarly exchange connected Europe and the Middle East in ways both cooperative and adversarial. The distant world was not only an object of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing. Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures.  Bringing together art historians, literary scholars, historians, scholars of the history of science, and scholars of religious thought, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the real and imaginary cultural interchanges between Europe and the Middle East during their formative periods. The conference will feature plenary lectures by Professors Nancy Bisaha of Vassar College, and Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota.

This conference is being organized by Professors Rachel Eisendrath, Najam Haider, and Laurie Postlewate of Barnard College.

Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and CV to Presentations should be 20 minutes. 
Deadline: April 10, 2016.

Laurie Postlewate
Sr. Lecturer in French and
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Barnard College

Friday, January 8, 2016

Please note: the deadline for this CFP has now been extended to Jan 17th. 

Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Graduate Conference, March 11-12, 2016.
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference, "Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 11-12, 2016.
Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the agency of nonhuman objects. Practitioners of “New Materialism” such as Bill Brown, Graham Harman, Jane Bennett, and Bruno Latour have provided scholars with tools for investigating the relationships between things both material and immaterial. The questions posed by these figures have challenged preconceptions about subject/object distinctions in disciplines including Archeology, History, Musicology, Literature, Philosophy, Science Studies, and many more. Likewise, in the field of medieval and early modern performance studies, scholars such as Seeta Chaganti and Claire Sponsler have interrogated the generic boundaries of dramatic texts, and embraced a wider field of texts and traditions, while scholars such as Jonathan Gil-Harris and Andrew Sofer have used the concept of “stage property” to explore the semiotics and ritual actions of drama.
This conference will dialogue between performance studies and material culture, two fields that have proven especially fruitful for early modern and medieval scholars in the past years, and we are looking for papers that engage either or both of these fields. Some questions this conference hopes to pose include: how is medieval and early modern performance shaped by material conditions? How are props and other performing objects contributing to theories of materiality? What role do nonhuman objects such as props, costumes, devotional objects, art, and architecture play in pre-modern performance? How can we best understand the agency of nonhuman objects in these environments? What do recent theories like Object-Oriented-Ontology or Extended Cognition have to offer thinking about past performances?
Please submit 250-300 word abstracts for 15-20 minute papers to Sheila Coursey ( or Tony Gillum ( with the subject heading “EMC Conference” by January 17th, 2016. The Early Modern Colloquium is an interdisciplinary graduate student group at the University of Michigan and will give priority to abstracts submitted by graduate students.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


COMITATUS: A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies.


The Comitatus editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2016. Please send submissions as email attachments to Dr. Blair Sullivan,
Rome: Beyond the Discourse of Renewal is the theme of this year's Marco Spring Symposium (March 4-5, 2016) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The list of speakers is included in this email. For now, I wish to direct your attention to a special opportunity for graduate students from other institutions who may apply to receive reimbursement for up to $400 in travel expenses incurred to attend the symposium. The number of awards is limited, and the application process is outlined below.
Travel subsidies for graduate students: Travel stipends of up to $400 are available for graduate students who apply in advance, and reimbursements will cover some of the travel costs incurred while attending the symposium.  To apply, send a one-page proposal outlining the academic interests pertinent to the symposium and also include a preliminary budget together with a curriculum vitae.  Applications are due on January 29, 2016, and should be sent to Gregor Kalas (
Please encourage graduate students you know to apply and feel free to share with colleagues.  You may also forward the attachment.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 4
*All talks except for the keynote address will take place in the Great Room on the lower level of the International House on the University of Tennessee Campus, 1623 Melrose Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee.
9:30-11:00 AM         
                                    Erik Thunø (Rutgers University)
                                    "Rome after Antiquity: New Conceptions of Time and Place"

                                    Dennis Trout (University of Missouri)
                                    "Honorius I, the Church of S. Agnese, and the Papal Poetry of Late
                                    Ancient Rome"
11:30-1:00 PM           
                                    John Osborne (Carleton University, Ottawa)
                                    “The Re-invention of Rome in the Early Middle Ages”

                                    Kristina Sessa (
The Ohio State University)
                                    "Rome at War: The Effects of Crisis on Church and Community in Late

2:30-4:00 PM            
                                    Jacob Latham (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
                                    “Adventus Romam and the Christianization of the City from
                                    Constantine to Charlemagne”

                                    Luisa Nardini (University of Texas
 at Austin)
                                    "In the Shadow of St Peter: Images, Liturgy, and Biblical Exegesis”

5:30-7:00 PM             Keynote Address (**in Lindsay Young Auditorium, First Floor, Hodges Library**)
Kate Cooper (University of Manchester)
                                    "City of Martyrs: Rome at the End of Antiquity”

Saturday, March 5
                                    Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr College)
                                    "Beyond Renewal is the Reform: Art in the Twelfth Century"

                                    William North (Carleton College)
                                    “Making the Word Flesh: Exegesis, Clerical Culture and the Making of
                                    a Discursive Community in Gregorian Rome”

1:30-3:00 PM            
                                    Jessica Maier
 (Mount Holyoke College)
                                    “Taking New Measurements: Mapping Early Modern Rome”

                                    Laurie Nussdorfer
 (Wesleyan University)
                                    “Early Modern Rome: City of Men”
3:15-4:30 PM             Conclusions: Roundtable Discussion

Thanks so much and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. 

With kind regards,

Gregor Kalas
Chair, 2016 Marco Symposium Program Committee

Gregor Kalas
Associate Professor of Architectural History
College of Architecture and Design
University of Tennessee
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Our conference, Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory, will be held May 27–28 (with companion cultural events on May 26) in Taipei. If you would be interested in traveling to Taipei for a conference on this theme, please download the abstract and presenter information form on our website and send it to by February 1.

The conference is hosted by Taipei Tech and is also a SHARP-sponsored event. We have already received abstracts from more than ten countries and five continents, and we are looking forward to fascinating discussions about our conference theme.

Our Saturday keynote speaker is Dr. Rebecca Krug (Reading Families: Women’s Literate Practice in Late Medieval England [2002] and the forthcoming Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, both from Cornell UP).

Our Friday keynote speaker is Dr. James Mussell of the University of Leeds, a digital humanities expert who specializes in Victorian literature and is author of Science, Time and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press (2007) and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012).

Due to the specialties of our keynote speakers, the conference should be especially relevant for scholars interested in late-medieval British literature, Margery Kempe, the history of the book (and media history), science and literature, Victorian literature, and digital humanities--though we have also received (and welcome) abstracts from classicists, Anglo-Saxonists, and scholars of other places and periods. As our conference is in Taipei, we also particularly hope to organize several panels that address the forgetting and remembering of texts in interactions between the East and the West. 
Feel free to contact me with any questions or take a look at our detailed website:

Very best,

Sharin Schroeder
Assistant Professor
Department of English
National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech)