Models of Authority at Leeds IMC 2016

The Models of Authority project is delighted to be sponsoring three sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, plus there's a paper by Joanna Tucker, the project PhD student (though this involves a dastardly session clash).

And if that's not excitement enough, anyone who attends one of our sessions is in with a very good chance of nabbing one of our highly-collectible, second edition bookmarks (as illustrated below in an early draft-form because my mobile phone has given up the ghost and so I can't snap the final version. Grrr.. technology!).

Your first chance to get a bookmark is:

So We've Digitised, What Next? A Round Table Discussion
Session 432: Monday 4 July 2016: 7pm-8pm
With Renaud Alexandre (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), Ainoa Castro Correa (King's College London), and David F. Johnson (Florida State University). The moderator (c'est moi!), may throw in his two penn'orth also.
Abstract: The large number of initiatives to digitise medieval manuscripts mean that we now have unprecedented access to medieval texts. In many ways, this explosion of knowledge can be compared to the early years of the printing press. But how might we best utilise this growing body of material? This round table will explore the potential for the computer-assisted study of medieval manuscripts, discuss the practical and theoretical consequences of the use of digital surrogates, and present new methodologies for the visualisation of manuscript evidence and data.

Next up is: 

Session: 531: Digital Methods, I: Three Case Studies for Digital Palaeography
Tuesday 5 July 2016: 09.00am-10.30am
Stewart J. Brookes (King's College London): "Models of Authority: Charting New Territory for Medieval Scottish Charters"
Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America): "DigiPal and the Austrian Romanesque: A Case Study in Aspirational Paleography"
Ainoa Castro Correa (King'’s College London) : "VisigothicPal: la escritura visigótica al descubierto"
Abstract: The growing field of Digital Palaeography uses a variety of computer-assisted technologies to address scholarly research questions. In this session, databases created (or aspirationally created) using the DigiPal framework will be used to investigate three different corpora: medieval Scottish charters, twelfth-century Upper Austrian monastic writing, and Visigothic script from the medieval Iberian Peninsula. Presenting desiderata for their respective fields, the papers explore the potential offered by Digital Palaeography, and DigiPal in particular, to interrogate medieval script in ways which would not be feasible using traditional palaeographic methods.

Your third and final chance for a bookmark (or to collect an enviable set of three) is:

Session: 631: Digital Methods, II: Computer-Assisted Approaches to Manuscript Studies
Tuesday 5 July 2016: 11.15am-12.45pm
Peter A. Stokes (King's College London): "What is Digital Palaeography, Really?"
Dominique Stutzmann (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique): "Paris Space between Words (13th-15th Centuries): Computer Vision and Medieval Linguistic Consciousness"
Bill Endres (University of Oklahoma): "Transformed Materiality: Advanced Imaging Techniques and the Study of Medieval Manuscripts"
Abstract: This session will explore the potential for the computer-assisted study of medieval manuscripts; discuss the intersection of manuscript studies and Digital Humanities; demonstrate the potential offered by advanced imaging techniques; and share methodologies and conceptual frameworks.

And finally, or rather alternatively unless you are an inveterate session-hopper:

Session 627: Rethinking Cartularies, 900-1200: Cartularies as History, History in Cartularies, IV - The 12th and 13th Centuries
Tuesday 5 July 2016: 11.15am-12.45pm
Joanna Tucker (University of Glasgow): "Investigating Complex Cartularies: The Earliest Examples From Scotland:


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