Friday, June 29, 2018

The DM Executive Board is pleased to announce the CFP for the
following Digital Medievalist Sponsored Session at the 54th
International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, May 9-12,

Interdisciplinarity in Digital Medieval Studies

Digital methodologies and tools are commonly used among medievalists
working in a variety of disciplines; less common, however, is the
application of these methodologies and tools to cross-disciplinary
scholarship. This session will consider 1) the role that digital
projects play in reaching across disciplinary boundaries in medieval
studies, 2) best practices for cross-disciplinary digital and
computational research, and 3) examples of the success and failure of
such research. For example, proposals may consider the use of
stylometrics in historical source criticism, the use of social network
analysis in literary studies, or probe manuscript datasets for
evidence in support of liturgical, literary, historical, and art
historical research. Our goal is to demonstrate how the development
and application of digital tools, methods, and formats can enable and
facilitate the interdisciplinary and collaborative research of experts
and specialists across their respective subdisciplines in order to
produce, provide, and openly share better insights and new knowledge
with scholars and the wider public alike.

Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) and the ICMS Participant
Information Form* to Lynn Ransom at>. Deadline is September 15,

*The ICMS Participant Information form will be available here in July:

Lynn Ransom, Ph.D.
Curator of Programs, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
Project Director, The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts
Co-Editor, Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute
for Manuscript Studies
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in
the Digital Age
November 15-17, 2018

Illuminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of
Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the
University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 11th
Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the
Digital Age.

Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the
texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other
artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely
associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a
crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space
and time. The goal of this year's symposium is to examine cases of
intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style,
iconography, social context, and cultural geography, while also posing
broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of
illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be
insights gained from the technical examination of works in different
media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology, and the
discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical

For more information, go to
Registration opens in September 2018.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Last-Minute Call for Papers: Leeds IMC sessions ‘Early English Life Cycles’ (IMC Leeds, 2-5 July 2018)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have a vacant slot in our session on ‘Early English Life Cycles’ at the upcoming IMC in Leeds and we now welcome last-minute abstracts for papers. Since the IMC registration deadline is 22 June, the deadline for this last-minute CFP is 18 June, 2018.
Following three successful sessions on ‘Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles’ at Leeds IMC 2017, we welcome abstracts for papers on the theme of ‘Early English Life Cycles’ at Leeds IMC 2018. This session is intended to build upon the insights of the 2017 sessions, expanding the temporal focus, while also bringing to bear the general congress theme 'Memory', possibly understood in such ways as: individual remembrance of early life, inherited cultural patterns for structuring experience, constructions of narratives and expectations for past, present and future life.
We hope to bring together papers that deal with the human life cycle in Early English language and literature [c.500-c.1350] and show how this complex concept (with all of its biological, social and cultural aspects) influenced the lives, writings and artwork of the inhabitants of medieval England.
Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:
-              Definitions, concepts, and constructions of the life cycle
-              The life course in literature and language
-              Individual remembrance of early life
-              Inherited cultural patterns for structuring experience
-              Constructions of narratives and expectations for past, present and future life.
-              Age and alterity
-              Age and gender
-              Intergenerational relations and/or conflicts
-              The life cycle and the Church
-              Saints in various stages of life
-              Care for the young, care for the elderly
-              Semantic field studies of (the various stages of) the human life course
Subsequent to the sessions we hope to publish the contributions as a volume of essays, with the goal of furthering interest in the topic.
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Thijs Porck (Leiden University; ) or Hattie Soper (Cambridge University;

Dr. M.H. (Thijs) Porck
Assistant Professor Medieval English
Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)
Department of English
P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 101a
PO Box 9515, 2300 RA  Leiden, The Netherlands


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Open call: Modeling Travels in History: an ORBIS-esque Hackathon @ Uni
Vienna (July 18-20, 2018)

Everyone is familiar with Google Maps—all of us are using it on a daily
basis. In 2012 a group of researchers at Stanford (led by Walter
Scheidel), developed Orbis ([1], which, one
may put, applied the same geographical principles to a particular
historical context. Dubbed “a Google Maps for the Roman Empire”[2], this
model became a popular historical online resource and an object of envy
for scholars working in other historical contexts.

Inspired by Orbis, the Uni-Wien DH Team is organizing a three-day
hackathon at the University of Vienna on the theme of map visualisations
for historical data. One specific objective of the hackathon will be to
build a sort of “Orbis-in-a-Box”—an open-source platform that would
allow others to model movements of people and objects in different
historical and cultural contexts. (For more details on this particular
idea, see:

We are inviting interested digital humanists with an inclination for
coding to partake in this 3-day event in Vienna. We are able to offer
small bursaries to offset traveling costs.

If you would like to attend, please send a message to with “ORBIS-esque Hackathon” in the subject
by 30 June 2018, stating your current institutional affiliation (if any)
and your motivation for participating in the hackathon. Please also
specify whether you are applying for a bursary.

Yours truly,
Uni-Wien DH Team
Tara Andrews, Mária Vargha, and Maxim Romanov

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