IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 405: (Mis-)Using Digital Tools in the Digital Palaeography Age: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 6 July 2015, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:University of Exeter
Organiser:Francisco José Álvarez López, Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter / Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Francisco José Álvarez López, Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter / Department of History, King's College London
Abstract

In the last few years the number of projects that have endeavoured to bring the fields of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies to the core of Digital Humanities has been outstanding. They have taken a variety of shapes and forms. Some have aimed at providing researchers and the general public with (sometimes free) access to medieval manuscripts held at certain repositories. Others have gone further and produced digital tools to allow scholars to gain much more detailed knowledge about the hands of the scribes themselves. Among the latter, ‘Digipal’ features prominently. With this round table we intend to open up a discussion about the use and misuse of these tools when approaching palaeographical descriptions or editions. What makes them useful? How can we get the most out of them?

Participants include Stewart J. Brookes (King’s College London).