Digitizing the 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.
This conference sets out to explore ways in which medievalists might harness the vast, digital possibilities for a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary medieval archive. We invite scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences to convene in Toronto to consider and discuss the possibilities of the digitized 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
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.