Medieval Digital Humanities at Kalamazoo 2017

Medieval Digital Humanities at Kalamazoo 2017

It’s nearly Kzoo time again! I will be there at Western Michigan University on May 11-14, along with approximately 3000 other medievalists. This year I am continuing in my tradition of compiling digital humanities, digitally inflected, and DH-adjacent sessions, papers, and activities into one handy list. The total so far is 35 sessions that are either fully within this definition of digital or include at least one paper that is. (Compare this list and total with the 38 from 2016 and the 26 from 2015.)

The list includes the session number, room location, session title, paper title(s) and speaker(s). I will also add speakers’ Twitter handles as requested.

The session number is structured like #s38 as a reminder that if you are tweeting during a session, you should use both the conference hashtag (#kzoo2017) AND the session hashtag (e.g. #s38). Following this protocol helps people follow particular sessions remotely.

The conference website with the full pdf of sessions is available here. Tweet along with@KzoolCMS using the hashtag #kzoo2017 [not #kzoo17]. While Kzoo doesn’t seem to have a social media policy at this time, the Leeds conference (#IMC2017) does (available here), and I find its guidelines a good model for Kzoo as well. Dorothy Kim’s Twitter from a few years ago is still useful (available here).

See you at Kzoo in in a few weeks!

I am certain there are papers and sessions that I missed, and there may be a name misspelling in there. Please leave a comment with a correction or an addition.



  • #s8 – Fetzer 1005 – Introduction to vHMML reading room: Manuscript cataloging and images in one online resource (workshop) – Matthew Z. Heintzelman and Anton Pritula
  • #s22 – Schneider 1330 – New models of presentation of medieval texts
    • Digital tools for manuscript study: Collation and The Canterbury Tales – Alexandra Gillespie
    • Adapting Chaucer for modern media – Kyle Dase
    • New media, new editions, new readers – Barbara Bordalejo
  • #s24 – Schneider 1340 – Medieval architecture
    • Tironensian houses: A GIS approach to the architectural domain of a reformed Benedictine order – Clark Maines and Sheila Bonde
  • #s28 – Schneider 1360 – Deep mapping and the middle ages
    • Medieval overlay landscapes, deep mapping, and the spatial humanities – Joy McMullen
    • Mappa mundi: Deep maps of the middle ages – Helen Davies
  • #s44 – Sangren 1740 – Networks of transmission: Histories and practices of collecting medieval manuscripts and documents
    • Visualizing the global movement of manuscripts: Phillipps manuscripts in Australian collections – Toby Burrows


  • #s68 – Schneider 1325 – Papers by undergraduates I
    • Coding and programming for a digital edition of Huon d’Auvergne, a pre-modern Franco-Italian epic – Abdurrafey Khan
  • #s88 – Sangren 1170 – Trobar! (roundtable)
    • The care and feeding of a middle-aged database – Kathryn Klingebiel
  • #s95 – Waldo Library Classroom A – Using open manuscript data I: Introduction (workshop) – Dorothy Carr Porter and Jessie Dummer


  • #s115 – Schneider 1325 – Papers by undergraduates II
    • Discovering Beowulf’s God: A cognitive and computational linguistic approach – Traver Scott Carlson
  • #s142 – Waldo Library Classroom A – Using open manuscript data II: Advanced (workshop) – Jessie Dummer and Dorothy Carr Porter


  • Fetzer 1035 – Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and Digital Medievalist (Reception with hosted bar)


  • #s147 – Fetzer 1010 – Digital humanities and medieval Italy
    • Visualizing Dante’s world: Geography, history, and mapping – Allison DeWitt
    • Medieval textuality and the digital domain: The Petrarchive Project – Isabella Magni
    • Maestro Martino: From manuscript to the digital world – Lino Mioni
    • Reading medieval epic digitally – Stephen P. McCormick



  • #s188 – Schneider 1160 – eManuscripts: Digital humanities and medieval studies (roundtable)
    • Including William F. Endres, Dorothy Carr Porter, and Elaine M. Treharne
  • #s200 – Schneider 1340 – Lydgate and literary technologies (roundtable)
    • Digital reading practices and Lydgate’s Chaucerian fanfiction – Anna Wilson
    • Recording Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes – Timothy R. Jordan
    • Transitioning Lydgate from manuscript to print – Alaina Bupp
    • Matthew Evan Davis
    • Bridget Whearty
  • #s202 – Schneider 1350 – The textual foundations of late medieval history
    • The corpus of middle English local documents: A new digital language resource, 1399-1525 – Kjetil V. Thengs
  • #s213 – Bernhard 209 – Pedagogical approaches to medieval Irish studies (roundtable)
    • Using social media and 3-D printing in teaching the Irish middle ages – Vicky McAlister


  • #s236 – Fetzer 2016 – In honor of Caroline Palmer I: Publishing the medieval now: Open access and other futures (panel discussion)
    • Including Bonnie Wheeler, Jerome E. Singerman, and Sarah Spence.
  • #s282 – Waldo Library Classroom A – Cantus hackathon: Create an inventory with the Cantus database in real time (workshop) – Kate Helsen


  • #s286 – Valley II Lefevre Lounge – Medieval translation theory and practice II (practicum)
    • Stanford medieval sourcebook: Translation for a digital world – Mae Lyons-Penner
  • #s290 – Fetzer 1005 – Medieval games and pedagogy (roundtable)
    • >GET EXCALIBUR: Teaching medieval adventure with text adventures games – Paul A. Broyles
    • Playing for keeps: Understanding early English literature through interactive gaming – Lauryn S. Mayer
    • Gamifying Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: The pilgrims as RPG avatars – Daniel T. Kline
  • #s291 – Fetzer 1010 – Fragmentology: The life and afterlives of Otto F. Ege
  • #s302 – Schneider 1135 – Geoinformatics: Challenges of medieval geodata and digital maps
    • Geodatabases design for medieval Islamic maps: Azimuth, altitude – Karen Pinto and Kathleen M. Baker
    • The Oxford outremer map and the challenge of translating space – Tobias Hrynick
    • Virtual pilgrims, virtual maps: Using GIS to understand late medieval “representational space” – Kathryne Beebe
    • Spatializing information and informatizing space – Angela R. Bennett
  • #s306 – Schneider 1220 – Beyond the portraits: Chaucer and the visual
    • Revisualizing the Chaucer MetaPage – Vaughn Stewart
  • #s342 – Waldo Library Classroom A – Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA): A hands-on workshop – Dorothy Carr Porter



  • #s384 – Bernhard 106 – Material Lydgate
    • What’s the matter with writing? Late medieval necromancy, Lydgate, and digital manuscripts – Bridget Whearty


  • #s421 – Schneider 1265 – Space-time continuum and medieval manuscripts
    • Medieval manuscripts and microfiche: The ethics of residual media – Matthew T. Hussey
  • #s423 – Schneider 1280 – Digital reconstructions: Italian buildings and their decorations
    • Geographic data from the inscriptions of the late antique Roman forum – Gregor Kalas
    • A digital model and virtual reconstruction of the Norman palace in Palermo: New tools for new understandings of medieval spaces – Ruggero Longo
    • Historic architecture and digital modeling: A reconstruction of the choir screen at Santa Chiara, Naples – Lucas Giles
    • Splendors of collaboration: Late medieval Italian choir books and Google’s digital materialism – Bryan Keene
  • #s435 – Bernhard 106 – In honor of Constance H. Berman II: Medieval women’s history: Past present, and future
    • Digitizing the medieval woman: Towards a feminist edition of the Cartulary of PrĂ©montrĂ© – Yvonne Seale (@yvonneseale) and Heather Wacha (@hgwacha)
  • #s442 – Bernhard 211 – Digital medieval and medieval studies: How to write for the web (workshop) – Peter Konieczny


  • #s458 – Fetzer 2016 – Gower and games (roundtable)
    • Playing with the text: Gower’s games through computer-assisted analysis – Kara L. McShane
  • #s467 – Schneider 1155 – Exploring the early medieval economy: From macro to micro
    • The FLAME Project: Visualizing transnational medieval economic networks – Lee Mordechai
  • #s486 – Schneider 2355 – Interoperable manuscripts for research and teaching (workshop) – Alexandra Bollintineanu



  • #s510 – Schneider 1220 – Medievalists in the Midwest: Promoting resources, collaboration, and intercollegiality across universities (roundtable)
    • Virtually local: Connecting regional scholars through the digital humanities – Amanda Visconti
  • #s511 – Schneider 1225 – Settlement and landscape I: Technological approaches to the medieval in the modern
    • Socio-economic changes in the landscape of early medieval Ireland ca. 300-1000 – John Tighe
    • Lordly landscapes: Exploring castle siting in the Midlands of Ireland with GIS and archaeological survey – Jennifer L. Immich
    • Lines in the landscape? The expansion and contraction of the Mac Carthaigh Riabhach – Margaret Smith
  • #s523 – Schneider 1350 – Approaching methods on how to read science in medieval literature
    • Historical linguistics and the digital humanities: Digitally reading early new high German medical incunabula – Jenny Robins
  • #s527 – Bernhard 158 – Medievalism and disability (roundtable)
    • A visual database for medieval disability – Christopher Baswell


  • #s563 – Schneider 1360 – The medieval university today
    • Ed-tech Abelard: Classroom innovation and medievalism – Richard Utz


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