Medieval Digital Humanities at Kalamazoo 2016

Medieval Digital Humanities at Kalamazoo 2016

During the conference, I am putting short links up to each half day of the conference. Hopefully this helps if you are navigating on your phone (like I am)!

Thursday morning   |   Thursday afternoon/evening
Friday morning  |   Friday afternoon/evening
Saturday morning  |   Saturday afternoon/evening
Sunday morning

As thousands of medievalists (myself included) prepare for the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan), aka Kzoo, I want to continue a tradition I began last year and share a list I have compiled of digital humanities and digitally inflected sessions and papers at the conference. I have noted 21 38 sessions that are either all about digital things or include a paper that incorporates digital methods.

The list includes the session number, room location, title, 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 #kzoo2016 [not #kzoo16]. And do remember twitter conference ettiquette – see Dorothy Kim’s excellent primer here.

See you all at Kzoo in May!



  • #s25 – Schneider 1275 – Dante I: Genre and Medium
    • Interpretative mediations of Dante’s Commedia: From the Editio Princeps to new digital practices – Isabella Magni
  • #s33 – Schneider 1355 – Research Resources
    • Index Iuris: Meta-Archive of digital medieval legal history sources – Colin F. Wilder
    • Automated character spotting and transcription matching for Ancient Greek manuscripts: Anagnosis-a web tool (not only) for papyrologists – Vincenzo Damiani
    • Paperbound, or, why we need an online watermark database – S.C. Kaplan
  • #s45 – Bernhard 212 – Motet-adata: A workshop to explore controlled vocabulary for Motet studies in a linked open data environment – Tamsyn Rose-Steel


  • #s60 – Fetzer 1060 – “Great settings” in medieval history and literature: Performing and reception
    • The great feast: Entertainment – Partying – Binge drinking – Filtered through the largest medieval text corpus of MHDBDB – Klaus M. Schmidt
  • #s70 – Schneider 1265 – New voices in Anglo-Saxon studies I
    • Marvellous spaces in the Vercelli Book: Topic modelling and Old English religious verse – Alexandra Bolintineanu
  • #s95 – Waldo Library Classroom A – Using open manuscript data (A workshop) – Jessie Dummer


  • #138 – Bernhard 208 – Digitally teaching the middle ages: Case studies (A poster session)
    • Teaching with King’s Quest Part 1 – Kevin A. Soberly
    • Teaching with King’s Quest Part 2 – Jessica Dambruch
    • Game theories and teaching medieval literature – John McLaughlin
    • Teaching with Lord of the Rings Online – Carol L. Robinson
    • Role-Playing games and the multimedia Wife of Bath project – Daniel-Raymond Nadon
  • #149 – Waldo Library Classroom A – Using the Collation Modeler (A workshop) – Dot Porter


  • #160 – Schneider 1280 – The Exeter Book’s digital decade
    • Folio damage, digital images, and the dos and don’ts of digital reconstruction in the Exeter Book – Mary Rambaran-Olm
    • Some overlooked paratextual marks by George Hickes in the Exeter Book – Brian T. O’Camb
    • Clicking, typing; pinching, swiping: Acts of reading in the Exeter Book’s digital decade – Johanna M.E. Green
    • The Exeter Book in its most immediate editorial context: Bernard Muir’s digital edition – Eugene Lyman



  • #s191 – Schneider 1130 – Digital skin: Sensory experiences of digital manuscripts
    • Electric ink – Andrew Prescott
    • The book – Eduardo Kac
    • Through a glass darkly, or, rethinking medieval materiality: A tale of carpets, screens, and parchment – Emma Cayley
    • Respondent: Pamela M. King
  • #s213 – Schneider 2335 – Movies, manuscripts, and comic-strips: A multimedia approach to teaching medieval literature in the post-medieval undergraduate classroom – Karen Casebier
  • #s217 – Bernhard 205 – Anglo-Saxon books and libraries: In memoriam Lewis Nicholson (A panel discussion)
    • Homilies, apocrypha, and preaching networks in Angl0-Saxon England – Brandon Hawk
  • #s225 – Waldo Library Classroom A – The medieval electronic scholarly alliance (MESA): A hands-on workshop – Dot Porter


  • #s235 – Fetzer 1045 – Technologies of reading: Theorizing manuscript study after the digital turn (A roundtable)
    • Including: Benjamin L. Albritton, Stewart J. Brookes, Johanna M.E. Green, Andrew Prescott, Elizabeth R. Robertson, and Robin Sutherland-Harris.
    • Respondent: Dorothy Kim
  • #s271 – Bernhard 209 – Play (A roundtable)
    • Orm plays on Twitter – Carla Maria Thomas
    • DisPlay of the medieval artefact – Elaine M. Treharne
  • #s277 – Welborn Upjohn Center – The state of the art in multispectral imaging (A workshop) – Gregory Heyworth (sign up here)


  • #s297 – Schneider 1130 – Epidemic diseases in the middle ages: Twenty-First-Century understandings
    • Is that plague really an image of the plague? Tackling the digital disconnect between medieval witnesses and twenty-first-century understandings of epidemic diseases in the middle ages – Lori Jones
  • #s311 – Schneider 1325 – Topics in medieval numismatics
    • The FLAME (framing the late antique and early medieval economy) Project: From solidus to software – Lee Mordechai
  • #s323 – Bernhard 209 – Teaching humanities in the current climate of higher education (A roundtable)
    • Can the digital humanities save medievalists? – Dorothy Kim
  • #s330 – Welborn Upjohn Center – An introduction to image processing for multispectral projects (A workshop) – Roger L. Easton, Jr. (sign up here)



  • #s341 – Fetzer 1010 – Conservation, reconstruction, and interpretation in a digital age (A roundtable)
    • The sights and sounds of liturgy at Vadstena, Sweden, the motherhouse of the Birgittine Order: A collaborative international digital project – Michelle Urberg
    • “El presente en al passed”: Contemporary art as exhibition strategy in the reuse and reinterpretation of Santa Maria de la Cuevas, Seville – Lia Dykstra
    • Digital outreach and visitors’ presence: Ways of interpreting medieval art – Leslie Bussis Tait
    • Challenges of display and interpretation of medieval decorative arts – Rosie Mills
  • #s351 – Schneider 1125 – Mapping
    • There’s a map for that: Elucidating medieval mappae mundi through contemporary mapping technologies – Helen Davies
  • #s354 – Schneider 1140 – Ethically a-twitter or a-twitter? Attending, attention, and access with or without the live-tweet (A panel discussion)
    • A panel discussion with Jonathan Hsy, Angela R. Bennettt-Segler, Peter Konieczny, Kristen Mapes, Eileen A. Joy, John P. Sexton
  • #s361 – Schneider 1245 – Finding the medieval library: Lambach manuscripts at the Beineke Library, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, and elsewhere
    • Lambach and Yale: A case study in fragmentology – Lisa Fagin Davis


  • #s404 – Schneider 1125 – Visualizing medieval connections: Network analysis and digital mapping I
    • Power and proximity: mapping late tenth-century networks through Gerbert of Aurillac’s letters – Courtney DeMayo
    • Ubi est thesaurus tuus, ibi est et cor tuum: Spatial and network analysis of the monastic chartulary – Leland Renato Grigoli
    • Mapping Saint Catherine’s: Place, space, and identity in medieval Avignon – Christine Axen
  • #s411 – Schneider 1220 – The long lives of medieval objects, from big to small II: (Re)presentation
    • Patronage, censorship, and digital repatriation: Excavating layers of history in the Carrow Psalter – Lynley Anne Herbert
  • #s415 – Schneider 1265 – Crossing boundaries: The movement of manuscripts and printed books
    • Hildegard of Bingen’s Liber divinorum operum: From a scribe’s hand to monastic, university, and digital libraries – Jane E. Jeffrey
  • #s427 – Schneider 2335 – Textual science: Digital recovery of manuscripts and of cultural heritage objects
    • Spectral image collection and processing for historical manuscripts – Roger L. Easton
    • Textual science for the working medievalist – Gregory Heyworth
    • New light on Henricus Martellus’s world map at Yale (ca. 1491): Multispectral imaging and early renaissance cartography – Chet Van Duzer
    • The Sinai palimpsests project: The recovery of erased texts in the world’s oldest library – Michael B. Phelps
  • #s434 – Bernhard 210 – The Riverside Chaucer: In memory of Larry D. Benson (A panel discussion)
    • Teaching Chaucer online: The future of Larry Benson’s Chaucer website – Daniel Donoghue, Joey McMullen, and Helen Cushman


  • #s446 – Fetzer 1005 – Digital manuscripts: Engaging the public(s)
    • Digging deeper with online communities – Kenneth S. Ligda and Jonathan Quick
    • A Twitter account on the fly: Medieval manuscripts (et cetera) and outreach – Katharine C. Chandler
    • I tweet the fall of princes and kings: @Monkofbury, digital manuscripts and public engagement in medieval studies – Bridget Whearty
    • Digital manuscripts and social media: Problems and possibilities – Erik Kwakkel
  • #s458 – Schneider 1130 – Visualizing medieval connections: Network analysis and digital mapping II
    • Commodity flows: Combining least cost path and network analysis techniques for modeling early medieval trade relations in east central Europe – Donat Wehner
    • Exploring economic networks in the medieval Peloponnese, Greece (eleventh-twelfth centuries) – Katerina Ragkou
    • Grassroots heresy: Towards social mapping in German Waldensian communities, 1390-1400 – Eugene Smelyansky
  • #s459 – Schneider 1135 – Machaut on page and screen
    • Rhythmic organization and the potential for flexibility in digital encodings of Machaut’s music – Karen Desmond
  • #s478 – Schneider 1355 – Technology, digitalization, and anchoritic studies
    • Enclosure as body, body as technology – Joshua Easterling
    • Scalar of perfection: Julian’s (digital?) drafts – William Rogers
    • Geospatial inquiry and the medieval English anchorhold – Michelle M. Sauer



  • #s494 – Fetzer 1005 – Digital methods I: Paleography and codicology
    • Models of authority: Searching questions for medieval Scottish charters – Stewart J. Brookes
    • What order are my pages? Bringing codicology to DigiPal – Peter A. Stokes
    • Visualizing manuscript content through the collation project – Dot Porter
  • #s495 – Fetzer 1010 – Melody networking: Discovering, comparing, and understanding medieval chant
    • Sing another song: Indexing melodies in the Cantus database – Debra Lacoste
  • #s505 – Schneider 1130 – Exploring the manuscripts and textual traditions of Geoggrey Chaucer
    • Delivering the Canterbury Tales: The reception of the CantApp – Barbara Bordalejo


  • #s522 – Fetzer 1005 – Digital methods II: Manuscript studies
    • Visualizing the Roman de la Rose digital library: New pathways to manuscript studies – Kristen Mapes
    • Scaling up: Macroanalysis and manuscripts – Benjamin L. Albritton
    • Beyond 2D: Representing the materiality of medieval manuscripts – William F. Endres
  • #s528 – Fetzer 2016 – APRICOT: A pedagogical hub for medieval studies (A roundtable)
    • APRICOT: Overview and philosophy – Tamsyn Rose-Steel
    • Repurposing Omeka – Alexandra Bolintineaunu
    • Giving credit for working: Metrics and feedback – Bridget Whearty
    • Functionality and design – Matthew Evan Davis


  1. Dot Porter

    Thanks for putting this together Kristen! Can you also add the workshop I’m leading at 3:30 on Thursday (#s149): Using the Collation Modeler (A Workshop). It’s a hands-on workshop to walk attendees through a tool to model the physical collation of manuscripts.

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