International Conference: ‘Digitizing the Medieval Archive’

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto,
25th – 26th April 2014.

Keynote speakers: David Greetham (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Stephen G. Nichols (Johns Hopkins University), Caroline Macé (KU Leuven) & Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University Library).

Discussion about the digitization of archival fonds and library holdings pertaining to the Middle Ages boasts a wide profusion both in online settings and in real time. As the question of how medievalists may work within this digital environment becomes an increasingly more widely discussed topic, we invite scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences to convene in Toronto to consider and discuss the possibilities of the digitized medieval archive.

There has been and continues to be considerable variation in the introduction, evaluation and continuation of digital storage. Digital technology has expanded and complicated the idea of the medieval archive. In bringing together the two concepts, digitization and archivization, we aim to address questions about the dissemination of and access to materials and research, but also such long-standing questions relating to the methodological and practical ways we carry out research and think about our material – thinking digitally about the Middle Ages.

* Call for Papers *

This conference sets out to explore ways in which medievalists might harness the vast, digital possibilities for a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary medieval archive. Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following:

    Implications of digital archives for the editing of medieval texts
    Methodologies and/or ideologies behind archivization
    The archivization of already existing digital databases
    Digitized archives/collections as enabling or limiting research
    The digital (re)construction of medieval collections
    Compilation and order of medieval texts
    Textual forms / reading methods
    Fluidity of the medieval text and the Internet
    The digital conglomeration of visual and narrative data
    Digital visualization of medieval documents, art and literature

Please submit a short C.V. and abstracts of 250 words by November 1, 2013 for consideration.

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