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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 716: Digital Medieval Studies: News from the Borders of Medieval Studies

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Digital Medievalist
Organiser:Alberto Campagnolo, Preservation Research & Testing Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Moderator/Chair:Hannah Busch, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences, Amsterdam
Paper 716-aTracing the Editorial Origin of Comital Charters in Flanders and Hainaut in the Second Half of the 13th Century: Using a Semi-Automated Technique for Text Analysis
(Language: English)
Rayek Vereeken, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Computing in Medieval Studies
Paper 716-bMapping Lost Monasteries: Medieval Places, Antiquarian Notes, and Linked Data, GIS
(Language: English)
Susan Steuer, University Libraries Western Michigan University Kalamazoo
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Monasticism
Paper 716-cBreaking Boundaries: Reconstruction Possibilities of Medieval Land Use Territories with the Help of GIS
(Language: English)
Mária Vargha, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Computing in Medieval Studies
Paper 716-dConstruction of Stemmata by Automatic Classification and Comparison of Text Variants
(Language: English)
Tara L. Andrews, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Universität Bern
Marcella Tambuscio, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH) Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Wien
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Digital methods are by definition at the border of Medieval Studies. This bold statement is primarily justified by the observation that the application of digital methods is triggered by a research community outside Medieval Studies, i.e. Computer Science and New Media Studies. Therefore, in its interdisciplinary nature, digital medieval studies is a border-crossing discipline and breaks up traditionally developed scholarly silos and institutional borders. Within this field, experimentations with and applications of new methods and technologies challenge traditional perceptions and research approaches.

The first paper by Marcella Tambuscio and Tara L. Andrews will present graph-based approaches for automated comparison and classification of manuscript witnesses. Rayek Vereeken will then talk about a semi-automated text analysis approach to analyse charters. Susan Steuer will report on issues trying to translate relics of information about medieval places from historical documents into data suitable for GIS, and the potential of linked data in this context. The final presentation by Maria Vargha will talk about GIS and reconstructing borders in a historical period and area that lacks sufficient data.