IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1341: Network Analysis and Medieval Sources

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Applied Mathematics Research Centre, Coventry University
Organiser:Máirín MacCarron, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Birkett, School of English, University College Cork
Paper 1341-aWhat Have Networks Ever Done for Us?
(Language: English)
Pádraig Mac Carron, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Science
Paper 1341-bMaths Meets Myths: Applying Mathematics to Medieval Sources
(Language: English)
Ralph Kenna, Applied Mathematics Research Centre (AMRC), Coventry University
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic
Paper 1341-cHagiography and Network Analysis
(Language: English)
Máirín MacCarron, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Hagiography
Abstract

This session will present the findings of a recent, and burgeoning, collaboration of scientists and humanities’ scholars in developing new quantitative methods for examining ancient and medieval sources. Paper -a (P. Mac Carron) will set out the general principles of network theory and survey some of the relevant applications, as well as potential applications; Paper -b (Kenna) will discuss the results achieved by his research team in applying this method to mythological and pseudo-historical sources from the medieval period; Paper -c (M. Mac Carron) will consider the potential benefits of this methodology for assessing medieval hagiography.