lunes, 28 de enero de 2013

Easy Tools for Difficult Texts: Manuscripts & Textual Tradition.

ISCH COST Action IS1005
Medieval Europe – Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources, Working Group 2,
Manuscripts and textual tradition,
Huygens ING, Den Haag, Netherlands,
18 – 19 Apr 2013.

* Call for Papers *
Closing date for poroposals: 15th February 2013

Medieval manuscripts and codices are notoriously difficult to convince to become well behaved inhabitants of the digital scholarly ecosystem. Meanwhile over the last decades many digital local computerized services, web based tools, and stand alone applications have been developed to create, publish, and analyze digital representations of manuscript and printed text. Although such tools have been trying to accommodate for medieval manuscripts ?and sometimes were even solely developed for that purpose? a true convenient and intuitive means of re-representing medieval text in the digital medium seems elusive. The nature of medieval texts ?ambiguous, uncertain, instable, often of unknown origin and descent, of puzzling function and context, damaged, fragmented, still unconventional in their multiplicity of form, format, language, orthography, typography, and script? poses an ultimate challenge to creators and users of digital tools wishing to produce useful and reliable digital counterparts to these medieval sources of knowledge and testimonies of intellectual creativity.

The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and the COST Action IS1005 “Medieval Europe” are organizing a two-day workshop that seeks to gather a number of experts in methodologies and tool creation around the complex issue of transferring medieval manuscripts to a digital medium. The workshop, to be held at the Huygens Institute in The Hague on 18 and 19 April 2013, will create an overview of the state of the art of tool development, and of the difficulties and extreme requirements medieval manuscript poses to digital methods and techniques. The first day will consist of introductions and demonstrations, as well as thorough methodological reflection on a number of tools highly visible in the field of digital textual scholarship. The second day will consist of theoretical and methodological focused papers and the creation of an inventory of common difficulties and unsupported features essential to digital philology of medieval manuscripts.

Interested experts are invited to submit an abstract for a proposed paper of no more than 500 words. Authors of proposals should include relevant literature references (not counted as word count), to assist the audience in its orientation in this more technical part of the field. Send your abstract to, before 15 February 2013. Please mention 'COST Workshop' in the subject field.

Workshop Organizers:
Mariken Teeuwen (Huygens ING)
Joris van Zundert (Huygens ING)
Caroline Macé (Catholic University Leuven)


Digital Diplomatics 2013.

What is Diplomatics in the Digital Environment?
Diplomatics has changed fundamentally in the last few decades due to dramatic developments in information technology. While consolidating itself as an autonomous science with its own centuries-old theory, methodology, analytical processes and tools, focused on research on medieval and early modern legal documents, it has also grown into an interdisciplinary field, expanding its area of inquiry to all kinds of textual traditions, documentary forms and creation processes through the use of sophisticated digital tools. “We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us”– said Marshal McLuhan.

Following the two conferences on Digital Diplomatics that took place in 2007 in Munich and 2011 in Naples, this conference, to be held in Paris, 14-16th november 2013, has the goal to further the scholarly reflection on the way in which diplomatics has developed as a result of both the opportunities offered by digital tools to study historical documents and the challenges presented by born digital documents and by the need to understand their structure and of the complex digital environments in which they reside.
You can find the full call for papers with all the necessary informations on how to send in your proposal here


martes, 22 de enero de 2013

International Medieval Congress 2014.

The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds, from 7-10 July 2014.
If you would like to submit a session or paper proposal for the IMC 2014 you can complete the IMC Online Proposal Forms. This will be available from 15 May 2013 onwards. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2013; session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2013. Hard copies of the proposal forms are available on request after 16 July 2013.

If you would like to apply for an IMC bursary, to help with the cost of the Registration and Programming Fee, accommodation and meals at the IMC, please complete the online Bursary Application Form, which will also become available from late May 2013. You should submit your Bursary application at the same time as your paper or session proposal. 

Call for Papers/Sessions - International Medieval Congress 2014

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the European Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a specific special thematic strand which - for 2014 - is 'Empire'.

Although the last western Roman emperor was deposed in 476, the Roman Empire continued to shape imagination even when it had ceased to play a major political role. Throughout the Middle Ages, 'Empire' suggested a claim to universal lordship. The concept of imperium implied not only the ability and power to exercise authority over others, but could also be used to distinguish spiritual from secular spheres of power. There was also the concept of 'informal empire', a term often employed by modern historians to describe a group of distinct territories held together by ties of commerce, ideology, dynastic traditions, or conquest.

'Informal empires' were forged by King Cnut in the 11th century and by the rulers of Aragon in the 14th. The papacy, the western Empire, and Byzantium all claimed to inherit the mantle of Rome, while the Caliphates expressed a similar claim to universal leadership. The meaning of imperium, in turn, became a central issue in medieval scholarship, whether in scholastic theology, medieval philosophy, canon law, or the writing of history and literature. No type of empire was unable to avoid challenges (and challengers). Each type exercised a profound influence not only on politics, but on every aspect of daily life: on commerce and trade as well as the environment, cultural practice, social structures and organisation, the movement of ideas and people. Empires and their rulers could also be products of political and cultural memory and myth-making, with Charlemagne, Arthur, and Troy perhaps among the more famous examples.

'Empire' was not limited to the regions surrounding the medieval Mediterranean. Universal monarchy was central to the self-representation of imperial China, while informal empires rose and fell in Africa as well as in Asia and pre-Columbian America. Christian, Confucian, Buddhist, and Islamic scholars discussed 'Empire' in all its varieties and forms.

Empire was a universal phenomenon, and thus calls for sustained exploration across a wide range of disciplines, and geographical and chronological areas of expertise.

Points of discussion could include: 

•  The role of settlers, merchants, rulers, and others in creating and fashioning empire

•  The decline and fall of empires

•  The typology of empire

•  The governance and organisation of empires

•  The experience of empire by individuals and communities

•  The representation of Empire in music, art, literature, and material culture

•  Traditions of empire, their use and development

•  Theoretical models of Empire: Medieval and modern

•  Concepts and practices of empire in the Islamic world, Africa, America, and Asia

•  The role of imperium in medieval philosophy, theology, and literature

•  The role of universal authority in medieval thought and practice
•  The influence of medieval concepts and practices of empire on their post-medieval successors 


Secret et découverte au Moyen Âge. 5ème Congrès Européen d'Études Médiévales.

Porto (Portugal), Faculdade de Letras.

Fascination with secrets traverses the Middle Ages. A secret is shared by few and coveted by many, requiring a lot of those who have to keep it, or those who want to disclose it. A secret is power, hence the eagerness to discover it. But as curiosity can lead to the abyss and punishment, discovering secrets also requires prudence and caution.

The relationship between secret and discovery expresses itself in the Middle Ages, as in all times, through many other dynamic dualities: mystery and revelation, arcane and evidence, unknown and sought, ignorance and knowledge, esoteric and exoteric, private message and edict, hidden and manifest, conspiracy and complaint. The secret is in the nature, which does everything to hide itself, while he reveals itself in many ways, but only to those who know how to interpret it. So in the Middle Ages there are sciences for all secrets: of God, of elements and things, of the stars, of physiognomy, of women, of happiness, of the delights of paradise, of relics, of holiness, of the inner life, of sin, of power, of distant peoples and lost places, and of countless other things. The secret is itself a big secret. The secret is everywhere, in the narratives of search and discovery, in public or private action, in sciences, in books or encyclopedias. One of the most popular medieval texts, the Secretum secretorum, which collects the secrets of health, politics, nature, astrology, magic, alchemy, becomes a model for the many of the literary works composed to uncover secrets, that thus, paradoxically, cease to be. The secret holds dangerous and valuable knowledge ranging from counterfeiting, to the illusions of the imagination, or the triumph of reason and wisdom.

The secret and its avatars were a silent yet strong driving force in almost all aspects of the Middle Ages. The “Secrets and Discovery” Congress proposes to discuss their presence and importance in the imagination, culture, thinking, sciences, politics, religion, and life during the Middle Ages (from the beginning of the 6th to the end of the 15th century).

Congress Sessions are designed to promote discussion on secrets and discovery from all Medieval Studies domains, in every medieval language, and in different subjects:
  • Confession and Intimacy
  • Conspiracy and Betrayal
  • Government and Diplomacy
  • Health and Life
  • Hermeticism and Transmutation
  • Holiness and Relics
  • Knowledge and Scepticism
  • Mysticisms and Kabbalah
  • Nature and Supernatural
  • Past and Future
  • Planets and Harmony
  • Prophecy and Divination
  • Sermons and Preaching
  • Symbols and Dreams
  • Truth and Fake
  • Unknown Worlds and Lost Places
  • Warfare and Strategy
Keynote Speakers

Catarina Belo (American University in Cairo) - Theories of Prophecy and the Faculties of the Soul in Medieval Islamic Philosophy
Enrique Montero Cartelle (Universidad de Valladolid) - El tratado Secreta mulierum, liber minor y el De secretis mulierum atribuido a Alberto Magno
Harvey Hames (Ben Gurion University, Beersheva) - Discovering the Secrets of God: Kabbalah as an alternative Theology of Judaism in the Thirteenth Century
Luís Miguel Duarte (Universidade do Porto) - Secrets and Portuguese Geographical Discoveries
Pascale Bourgain (École des Chartes, Paris) - “Non sine Mysterio”
Patricia Stirnemann (IRHT – Paris, France) - Le secret et l'art dans les manuscrits
Pete Biller (The University of York) - Medieval heretics: secrets, secrecy and the Secretum

Call for papers (until 15th February)


sábado, 19 de enero de 2013

Table ronde : Autour du catalogue des manuscrits français et occitans de la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Les manuscrits français et occitans de la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
École française de Rome.

Organisé par l'École française de Rome, l'Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana et l'Université de Chieti.

La section romane de l’IRHT a entrepris en octobre 2011 le Catalogue des Manuscrits d'Oc et d'Oïl de la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. Ce projet, piloté par Maria Careri, Anne-Françoise Leurquin et Marie-Laure Savoye, est mené en collaboration étroite avec la Bibliothèque Vaticane et l’École Française de Rome. Au seuil de la finalisation des premières notices, les trois partenaires ont souhaité organiser une journée de réflexion sur les procédés et la pertinence du catalogage des manuscrits médiévaux à l'ère du numérique : pourquoi et comment cataloguer quand la photographie numérique permettra bientôt à chacun de voir le manuscrit ? À quoi servent les bases de données de manuscrits ? Quelles relations entre les catalogues papier et les ressources numériques ? En quoi cela a-t-il du sens de les associer ? Cette réflexion sera l'occasion de d'examiner plusieurs grandes entreprises de catalogage des manuscrits médiévaux et d'étudier l'intérêt de ces projets pour l'histoire des savoirs, des textes, des techniques et de la mobilité des personnes au Moyen Âge et à l'époque moderne entre la France et l'Italie. 

Savoirs et innovations techniques

9 h 00
Marie-Laure Savoye (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - CNRS), Introduction

Les grandes entreprises
Nicole Bériou (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - CNRS), Biblissima: un observatoire du patrimoine écrit du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance
Lino Leonardi (Università degli Studi di Siena, Fondazione Ezio Franceschini), La ricerca sul web e i manoscritti medievali come testimoni di cultura: il portale TRAME 
Francesca Trasselli (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane), ManusOnLine: catalogo nazionale di testimonianze scritte conservate in Italia
Giliola Barbero (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), Standard descrittivi per i manoscritti in Italia ed Europa

11 h 30
Les catalogues thématiques
François Bougard (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense), Inventaires anciens et publications traditionnelles: l'exemple de la bibliothèque de l'abbaye cistercienne de Vauluisant
Christine Ruby (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - CNRS), Le catalogage des manuscrits français et occitans du XIIe siècle. Les critères pris en compte 
Caterina Menichetti et Sara Natale (Fondazione Ezio Franceschini), La catalogazione dei manoscritti della Bibbia in italiano (BIBITA): aspetti materiali e filologici
Marie-Hélène Tesnière (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Quel catalogage pour les manuscrits numérisés (pratique, usage, documentation)? L'exemple d'Europeana Regia

15 h 00
Le projet de catalogage des manuscrits d’oc et d’oïl de la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Geneviève Hasenohr (École Pratique des Hautes Études) et Anne-Françoise Leurquin (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - CNRS), L’héritage d’Edith Brayer et ses travaux à la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Maria Careri (Università di Chieti), Les Manuscrits Français et Occitans de la Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana 

Source: APILIST 

Europeana Regia, una biblioteca digital cooperativa de manuscritos regios.

The principal objective of Europeana Regia is to reconstruct, in the form of a virtual library, the most important European royal collections of documents from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. 
This project will provide a means for researchers and the general public to access these rare and precious documents, through platforms such as Gallica, Belgica, Manuscripta Mediaevalia and Europeana, by 2012.

Managed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), Europeana Regia unites five European libraries - the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich (BSB), the Universitat de València Biblioteca Històrica (BHUV), the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel (HAB) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (KBR) - and concerns almost nine hundred manuscripts that are representative of the political, cultural and artistic history of Europe.

This project focuses on three sets of manuscripts which are currently dispersed among different member States: Carolingian manuscripts, the manuscripts of the library at the Louvre in the time of Charles V and Charles VI, and the library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples. In addition, the project covers a number of complementary actions, such as the definition of procedures to be followed by the partner libraries (digitisation, organisation of metadata, multilingualism), the compilation of metadata through cataloguing and indexation, and the digitisation process itself.

Europeana Regia Project Brochure

InScribe Palaeography Learning materials.

* Free online course on Palaeography and Manuscript Studies *

InScribe provides a set of materials suitable both for someone interested in exploring Palaeography for the first time, as well as for those in need of a refresher. Graduate students, academics and members of the general public undertaking this introductory module will become familiar with the most important writing styles (scripts) of the medieval period with particular reference to the English context; they will be able to explore a number of newly digitised manuscripts; and they will acquire some transcription practice.
The module includes short videos with experts on the field discussing relevant topics. Moreover, transcription can be practised in the new Transcription Tool developed in collaboration with King's College London.

Later in the year, we will release new modules that will provide advanced online training on Diplomatic, Script and Translation, Codicology and Illumination. The introductory module is free of charge.

Try InScribe now. Notice that you will need to register (for free) to gain access to the module.

Source: InScribe Project Team

lunes, 7 de enero de 2013

Digitale Rekonstruktionen mittelalterlicher Bibliotheken.

Reconstitutions virtuelles de bibliothèques médiévales
Virtual reconstruction of medieval libraries
18-19. I. 2013 Trier (Trèves)

Bei der Tagung „Digitale Rekonstruktionen mittelalterlicher Bibliotheken“ werden verschiedene Projekte vorgestellt, deren Ziel es ist, Bestände mittelalterlicher Bibliotheken, die heute weltweit zerstreut sein können, digital zusammenzuführen und zu erschließen. Auch werden Möglichkeiten aufgezeigt, diese Bestände wissenschaftlich zu nutzen und die vorhandenen Daten und Metadaten in übergreifende Portale einzuspeisen. Schließlich sollen die Anforderungen diskutiert werden, die aktuelle Arbeiten aus der Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft, der Kunstgeschichte und der Musikwissenschaft an solche digitalen Rekonstruktionen stellen. Am 18. Januar 2013 wird in der Benediktinerabtei St. Matthias in Trier, am 19. Januar in der Stadtbibliothek Trier getagt. Ein Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.


18 janvier 2013

Das Virtuelle Skriptorium und seine Kooperationsprojekte (Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp)
10:00 - 10:45: Das Virtuelle Skriptorium St. Matthias (Prof. Dr. Michael Embach, Prof. Dr. Claudine Moulin, Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp)
11:00 - 11:45: Textual Gridicism - Edieren mit TextGrid (Florian Enders BA, Celia Krause M.A., Philipp Vanscheidt)
11:45 - 12:30: Integration von eCodicology in die DARIAH Dienstewelt (Danah Tonne M.Sc., Dr. Rainer Stotzka) 

Rekonstruktionen von Bibliotheken I (Moderation: Prof. Dr. Claudine Moulin)
15:15 - 16:00: Bibliotheca Laureshamensis - digital: Präsentation der Virtuellen Klosterbibliothek Lorsch (Alexandra Büttner M.A., Michael Kautz M.A.) 
16:00 - 16:45: Tausend Jahre Wissen - Die Rekonstruktion der Bibliothek der Reichsabtei Corvey: Internetplattform - Digitalisierung - Wanderausstellung - virtuelle Ausstellung (Anja Jackes M.A.) 
17:00 - 17:45: Die digitale Kaiser-Heinrich-Bibliothek der Staatsbibliothek Bamberg (Dr. Stefan Knoch) 
17:45 - 18:30: Libri Sancti Kiliani digital: Technische Infrastruktur, Digitalisierung und vertiefte Erschließung der Würzburger Dombibliothek (Dr. Hans-Günter Schmidt)
19 janvier 2013

Rekonstruktionen von Bibliotheken II (Moderation: Prof. Dr. Claudine Moulin)
09:00 - 09:45: The Nuns' Network. Editing the Medingen Manuscripts (Prof. Dr. Henrike Lähnemann, Andres Laubinger)
09:45 - 10:30: Digital Libraries and Federated Searching: The Manuscripts Online Project (Dr. Orietta Da Rold)

Übergreifende Portale (Moderation: Prof. Andrea Rapp)
10:45 - 11:30: Leben! Einzeln und frei ... - Daten zu mittelalterlichen Handschriften an der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (Torsten Schaßan)
11:30 - 12:15: Der Europeana Lizenzrahmen als Basis für Digital Humanities (Patrick Peiffer)
Nutzen rekonstruierter Bibliotheken (Moderation: Prof. Michael Embach)
13:30 - 14:15: Die althochdeutsche Überlieferung aus St. Matthias (Falko Klaes)
14:15 - 15:00: LapiDat - LAPIDARIUM der Abtei St. Matthias in Trier (Prof. Dr. Gottfried Kerscher, Peter Pfeiffer M.A.)
15:15 - 16:00: Ein mittelalterliches Euchariumsoffizium aus dem 17. Jh. - Überlieferung eines lokalen Heiligenkultes in der Trierer Liturgie (Kristin Hoefener)
16:00 - 16:45: Neumen und Neumentrennung - Herausforderungen in der Arbeit im Optical Neume Recognition Project (ONRP) (Dr. Inga Behrendt) 

Info (abstracts)

Understanding the Medieval Book: Preaching and Piety.

A Seminar with Dr. Eric Johnson, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, OSU

Students, scholars and librarians are invited to enroll in a seminar on the medieval book, to be held at the University of South Carolina, 4-5 March 2013

Because this free seminar is a hands-on experience, space is limited to 25 participants.

What: "Understanding the Medieval Book" explores the layout and function of important medieval book-types. This year’s seminar covers manuscripts used for preaching and piety, including Books of Hours, breviaries, psalters, bibles, missals, sermon collections, devotional miscellanies, and manuals of pastoral care. Participants in this seminar will acquire a fundamental understanding of these medieval books and, by extension, be able to catalogue, publicize, and exploit them in designing courses on language, literature, history, history of the book, art history, and a host of other humanities subjects. Participants will use USC's collection of approximately 130 medieval manuscripts and fragments, including the newly acquired Boyvin Hours.

Where: The Irvin Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hollings Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia. Participants will enjoy working a newly opened facility with integrated projection for broadcasting digital surrogates. The Hollings Library is central to campus, which is located in the center of the state's capital city.

When: 4-5 March 2013: 9 am - 4 pm. An evening lecture at the Hollings Library on the Monday (4 March) with a reception to follow. The lecture is entitled, “Reintegrating the Disintegrated: Forms, Functions, and Utilities of Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Modern Scholarship.”

Who: Dr. Eric J. Johnson is the Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at The Ohio State University where he teaches widely across the University’s medieval and renaissance curriculum, with particular emphasis on manuscript studies and book history. He holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York (UK), and his research interests include medieval manuscript studies, book history (in all its forms), popular theology in the Middle Ages, and the pedagogical uses of primary source materials.

Cost: The seminar is free. Refreshments are offered at all breaks, but lunch and dinner are not provided. Participants may wish to stay locally at any of the area hotels. The Inn at Carolina, Claussen's Inn, and Clarion Town House are recommended for proximity.

Source: @medievalpecia