The Digital Middle Ages: Possibilities, Limitations, Expectations (A Roundtable) - Kalamazoo 2023

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Ana Grinberg / Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
contact email: 

After a hiatus in which new technologies have enabled us stay in contact and learn how to overcome isolation, the Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch invites scholars and practitioners from diverse fields to participate in a conversation on the intersection of the epic and technological applications.

Technology has enriched the practice of people working in scholarly research, university teaching, and education of the general public. From open-access to digitized manuscripts and editions, to georeferencing and map visualizations of textual corpus, to immersive and augmented realities from the past, these technologies have provided opportunities to collectively analyze, represent and disseminate information related to medieval literature. This roundtable session aims to gather people considering the intersection of diverse technologies and the medieval epic, in general, and the romance epic in particular. More than simply showcasing accomplishments, we invite to a conversation considering limitations and forward-looking approaches to using technologies in connection to epics and their contexts.

Please submit your contribution proposal in the Confex system ( by the deadline of September 15. Submissions require the author’s name, affiliation (if any) and contact information; an abstract (250 words); and a short description (50 words) that may be made public. Contact session organizers Norval Bard ( or Ana Grinberg ( with any questions. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.