Meeting the Medieval in a Digital World


Meeting the Medieval in a Digital World

ISBN: 9781641891929


This book looks at the intersection between medieval studies and digital humanities, confronting how medievalists negotiate the “virtual divide” between the cultural artefacts that they study and the digital means by which they address those artefacts. The essays come from medievalists who have created digital resources or applied digital tools and methodologies in their scholarship. Text encoding and analysis, data modeling and provenance, and 3D design are all discussed as they apply to western European medieval literature, history, art history, and architecture.
The volume examines the importance of combining the use of digital tools and methodologies with traditional close reading techniques and explores the physicality of the medieval manuscript and its digital analogue. Within the framework of digital humanities the book covers a host of significant issues that the academy and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) institutions face together, such as differences in models of information organization, metadata standards, and the “lossiness” of the connections between those standards.


Matthew Evan Davis, Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel, and Ece Turnator

Statistical Analysis and the Boundaries of the Genre of Old English Prayer
William H. Smith and Charles L. Butler

if ( not “Quantize, Click, and Conclude” ) {Digital Methods In Medieval Studies}
Katayoun Torabi

Project Paradise:  A Geo-Temporal Exhibit of the Hereford Map and The Book of John Mandeville
Alexandra Bolintineau

Ghastly Vignettes: Pierce the Ploughman’s Crede, the Ghost of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars, and the Future of the Digital Past
James Knowles

Content is not Context: Radical Transparency and the Acknowledgement of Informational Palimpsests in Online Display
Matthew Evan Davis

Encoding and Decoding Machaut
Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel

Of Dinosaurs and Dwarves: Moving on from mouvance in Digital Editions
Timothy L. Stinson

Adam Scriveyn in Cyberspace: Loss, Labour, Ideology, and Infrastructure in Interoperable Reuse of Digital Manuscript Metadata
Bridget Whearty

Digital Representations of the Provenance of Medieval Manuscripts
Toby Burrows

Bridging the Gap: Managing a Digital Medieval Initiative Across Disciplines and Institutions
Joseph Koivisto, Lilla Kopár, and Nancy L. Wicker

Author Bio(s)

Matthew Evan Davis currently serves as a postdoctoral fellow with the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University. His digital research focuses on the “thingness” of digital presentation and the ways that digital tools and methods serve as shadow theories. His medieval scholarship focuses on fifteenth and early-sixteenth century medieval drama, hagiography, and cultural transmission through translation and reception.

Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel is the Digital Scholarship Specialist for the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. She also teaches courses on the digital humanities for the Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs.

Ece Turnator, a PhD in Byzantine studies, worked on multiple digital projects and taught in the recent past. She is currently the Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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