Medieval Digital Humanities at Kalamazoo 2015

As thousands of medievalists (myself included) prepare for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan), aka Kzoo, I want to share a list I have compiled of digital humanities and digitally inflected sessions and papers at the conference. I have noted a whopping 26 sessions that are either all about digital things or include a paper that incorporates digital methods.

The list includes the session number, title, page number in the program, and speakers. I am certain there are papers and sessions that I missed, and the likelihood of typos is high. Please leave a comment with a correction or an addition.

The conference website with the full pdf of sessions is available here. Tweet along with @KzoolCMS using the hashtag #kzoo2015 [not #kzoo15!]. And do remember twitter conference ettiquette – see Dorothy Kim’s excellent primer here.

See you all at Kzoo in May!

  •  Thursday, May 14
    • 10:00-11:30am
      • 17 [Fetzer 2040] – Medieval texts in digital environments: New directions, old problems (p 6)
        • From user to editor: Piers Plowman electronic archive editions in practice – Noelle Phillips
        • Foliating manuscripts in the digital age – Peter Robinson
        • The Ormulum and the archive of early middle english – Meg Worley
      • 46 [Waldo Library Classroom A] – Digital humanities resources for the study of central europe in the middle ages (A roundtable) (p 14)
        • A roundtable discussion with Klaus M. Schmidt, Eric J. Johnson, James R. Ginther.
    • 1:30-3:00pm
      • 76 [Schneider 2345] – HMML at fifty: Preserving manuscripts and providing access for five decades (p 23)
        • Across four decades and two continents: HMML in Austria, Spain, Malta, Ethiopia, Germany, Portugal, England, Switzerland, and Sweden – Matthew Z. Heintzelman
        • HMML’s past decade and the turn ad Orientem: Digitizing threatened manuscripts in the middle east, africa and south india – Columba Stewart
        • Applied digital humanities: Supporting scholars and students of medieval studies with vHMML and reading room – William Straub
      • 85 [Bernhard 210] – CANTUS antique fragments roadshow, or, “What’s my fragment?” (A panel discussion and workshop) (p 26)
        • A panel discussion and workshop with Cynthia J. Cyrus, John Haines, Sarah Ann Long. This session will demonstrate how one can use CANTUS: A database for latin ecclesiastical chant to determine information about loose medieval music manuscript leaves.
      • 93 [Sangren 1730] – Moving more online: Strategies and challenges for using technology in the “classroom” (A roundtable)  (p 28)
        • A roundtable discussion with Kate McGrath, Thomas R. Leek, Maire Johnson, Andrew Reeves, Valerie Dawn Hampton, April Harper, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen
    • 3:30-5:00pm
      • 114 [Fetzer 2040] – All medieval manuscripts online: Strategic plans in Europe (p 34)
        • Challenges in the systematic digitization of all medieval manuscripts at the Bibliotheque nationale de France – Matthieu Bonicel
        • The pilot phase for the digitization of medieval manuscripts in German collections: An interim report – Carolin Schreiber
        • Greek manuscripts at the British Library: Reflections on an almost-complete digitization project – Cillian O’Hogan
        • Fragmentarium: A scholarly network that enables libraries, collectors, researchers, and students to upload medieval manuscript fragments and to describe, transcribe, and assemble them – Sylviane Messerli
      • 115 [Schneider 1140] – The public medievalist: A roundtable on engaging the public with the middle ages (p 35)
        • A roundtable discussion with Bruce Holsinger, David Perry, Susan Morrison, Sandra Alvares, Paul Sturtevant
    • 7:30pm
      • 152 [Fetzer 1005] – Retrieval of meaning in digital humanities (p 46)
        • The many faces of truth in medieval german literature – Klaus M. Schmidt
        • Culinary glossary: Meaning and usage of culinary terms in (late) medieval german cookery books – Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer
        • Language and literature in the european middle ages: From romance poetry to german poetry – Rocco Distilo
        • Schreibsprachen im Nordwesten und Südosten Deutschlands: Ein Pilotprojekt zur automatisierten Lokalisierung von mittelalterlichen Handschriften – Ulrich Seelbach
      • 153 [Fetzer 1010] – Medieval data: Prospects and practices (p 46)
        • Workflows for medievalists with open data ideals and closed-source texts – Kalani Craig
        • “I sign therefore I am”: Documenting early medieval Medici in italian charters, A.D. 800-1100 – Luca Larpi
        • The archaeology of anglo-norman rural settlement in Co. Wexford, Ireland, ca. 1169-1400 – Brittany Rancour
        • Pointless maps: Spatial analysis with fuzzy data – Amanda Morton
  • Friday, May 15
    • 10:00-11:30am
      • 186 [Fetzer 1060] – Digital humanities: The franco-italian Huon d’Auvergne, an NEH-supported digital edition and translation project (A roundtable) (p 57)
        • Herding colleagues: Coordinating an internataional multilingual mixed languages digital edition – Leslie Zarker Morgan
        • The frontier between french and italian is the raised dot – Stephen Patrick McCormick
        • Reporting from the trenches: A french medievalist translating franco-italian – Shira Schwam-Baird
      • 188 [Fetzer 2020] – Medieval Paris (p 58)
        • The contribution of a geographic information system (GIS) in the medieval history of Paris: The ALPAGE Project – Helene Noizet
      • 221 [Bernhard 209] – The neomedieval image (p 67)
        • A digital caliphate of their own: The paradox of new media and neomedievalism in the new Islamic State – Kevin A. Moberly
        • Gesturing the neomedieval image and “medievalizing” the gesture – Carol L. Robinson
        • Remix culture and the neomedieval videogame – Michael Sarabia
        • (Digital) geography and the making of myth – Lesley A. Coote
      • 227 [Waldo Library Classroom A] – The medieval electronic scholarly alliance (MESA): A hands-on workshop (p 69)
        • A hands-on digital workshop with Timothy Stinson and Dorothy Carr Porter that allows participants to pracice faceted searching and building a simple exhibition. The workshop provides examples of how MESA can be used in the classroom. We will also cover the basics of how to submit a project for inclusion in MESA.
    • 1:30-3:00pm
      • 238 [Fetzer 1040] – The devotional culture of cistercian nuns (p 74)
        • Material culture in the digital age: A discussion – Susan M.B. Steuer
      • 213 [Bernhard 213] – Source study: A retrospective (p 85)
        • Source study in a digital age – Brandon Hawk
    • 3:30pm
      • 296 [Fetzer 2016] – Building the Auctores: Assessing the use of authorities in the construction of medieval texts (p 90)
        • The reception of Ambrosius Autpertus’s De conflictu uitiorum atque uirtutum in the Pseudo-Bonaventure Liber pharetrae 2.15: Digital approaches to intertexual evidence – Chris L. Nighman
      • 314 [Schneider 1280] – Political medievalisms (p 96)
        • Crusades, templars, and cyberjihad: Political medievalisms in social media – Andrew B.R. Elliott
      • 316 [Schneider 1325] – Textual and manuscript studies in online environments (p 96)
        • Using virtual collation – Dorothy Carr Porter
        • Digital manuscripts as source text and edition – Christoph Flueler
        • The estoria de espanna digital project: Challenges and opportunities of editing medieval prose – Aengus Ward
        • Designing the interactive page: Creating a digital edition of The Chaunce of the Dyse – Serena Patterson
  • Saturday, May 16
    • 10:00-11:30am
      • 367 [Schneider 1245] – Ye Nexte Generacioun: Young scholars look to the next fifty years (A roundtable) (p 117)
        • Creating overlapping communities of practice: Digital editing, teaching, and scholarship in the Hoccleve Archive – Robin Wharton & Elon Lang
      • 375 [Schneider 1340] – Whats new in digital humanities (A roundtable) (p 120)
        • What can digital humanities methods offer to medieval studies? – Scott Kleinman
        • Virtual Plasencia (Spain): Evaluating the relationships of Jews, Christians, and Muslims via an interdisciplinary geovisualization and transcription endeavor – Roger L. Martinez-Davila
        • The poetics of medieval data – Fred Gibbs
    • 1:30-3:00pm
      • 403 [Fetzer 1005] – Students’ texts are in their pockets: Does that make a difference? (p 128)
        • Intrusive technology in the classroom or the friend to codicology – Michael Crafton
        • Being on the same page: Using DIY e-books in literature classes – Vaughn Stewart
        • Building a reader’s text of the Canterbury Tales – Barbara Bordalejo
      • 408 [Fetzer 1055] Networks of transmission: History and practices of collecting medieval manuscripts and documents (p 130)
        • The provenance and history of the manuscripts formerly in the Phillips collection: New approaches to reconstruction and analysis – Toby Burrows
      • 433 [Schneider 1340] – Medievalists in the media (A Roundtable) (p 137)
        • A roundtable discussion with Christopher Bellitto, Kelly DeVries, Michael Kulikowski, Peter Konieczny
      • 436 [Schneider 1355] – Emblem studies (p 137)
        • Millions of pictures in the public domain: The impact of Internet Archive’s Flickr on emblem studies – Sabine Moedersheim
        • Digitizing emblems: Is that a mattock in the picture or an obelisk? Does it matter? – Peter M. Daly
        • Mission emblems in the digital age – Wim van Dongen
    • 3:30-5:00pm
      • 473 [Schneider 1120] – Primary sources in digital middle ages (A roundtable) (p 148)
        • A roundtable discussion with Bridget Whearty, Kenny Scott Ligda, James R. Ginther, Michael Appleby, Elaine M. Treharne
      • 484 [Schneider 1245] – The Icelandic sagas as history (p 151)
        • Visualizing space and place: A literary mapping project of the outlaw sagas – Mary Catherine Kinniburgh
  • Sunday, May 17
    • 8:30-10:00am
      • 518 [Fetzer 1010] – Digitally enabled scholarship in medieval manuscripts (A roundtable) (p 164)
        • Some new light on medieval manuscripts – Barbara Shailor
        • Thinking through digital collecting – Meg Bellinger
        • Gratian’s Decretum for the digital age – Anders Winroth
        • Creating English literature – Emily Ulrich
        • Visible moments: Building a digital library of hours – Shu-han Luo
      • 526 [Schneider 1125] – The Cultures of Georgia and Armenia (p 167)
        • Parallel corpora of Georgian medieval texts – Nino Doborjginidze & Irina Lobzhanidze
    • 10:30am-12:00pm
      • 559 [Schneider 1225] – Technology in medieval studies: New innovations and recent applications (p 176)
        • Reconfiguring The Seafarer: The editorial challenge of a revised HTML edition – Corey Owen & Kyle Dase
        • Targeting Viking winter camps with geospatial survey models – Danielle Trynoski
        • Visualizing medieval thought: mapping the dissemination of ideas across the medieval world – Cassandra Tucker


  1. Mary Catherine Kinniburgh

    I would love to spread the word to DH folks for my talk, “Visualizing Space and Place: A Literary Mapping Project of the Outlaw Sagas.” It’s part of Session 484 — The Icelandic Sagas as History (p. 151). (Saturday 3:30pm)

    Thanks for a chance to share, and for such a wonderful resource!

  2. An update re: “What’s New in Digital Humanities (A Roundtable)” (Sat., 5/16, 10:00am, Session 375, Schneider 1340): Scott Kleinman is unable to attend and present his paper, “What can digital humanities methods offer to medieval studies?” However, the other two speakers, Roger L. Martínez-Dávila and Fred Gibbs, will present as scheduled. We are looking forward to a lively discussion on the state of the field, addressing questions such as how to invest of time and training in DH projects; networks are for getting connected to on-going projects; successful funding models; future of the new IIIF platforms for manuscript studies. We will, of course, want to hear about DH projects that others are involved in. I look forward to chairing this session!

  3. Toby Burrows

    Saturday 1:30pm Session 408 Fetzer 1055
    My paper on provenance and manuscript histories is all about applying DH methodologies: data modelling, visualization, network graph software…

    Toby Burrows

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