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MemberJulia Verkholantsev

I am a scholar of cultural, religious and intellectual history, early modern and medieval literary and linguistic culture. My publications and research are concerned with the cultural space of eastern, central, and southern Europe, particularly, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Bohemia, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, and Rus. In research and teaching, I deal with topics that include the history of and approaches to language, writing, and literacy; pre-modern historical writing and historical methods; Slavic (Cyrillic, Glagolitic, and Latin) and Greek paleography and cryptography; projects and theories of universal language; and Russian medieval and modern literature and culture. As a medievalist, I am convinced that the mapping of pre-modern Europe into the modern East – West divide creates unnecessary gaps between fields of knowledge that are inherently interconnected and impedes a dialogue between scholars who find themselves working in artificially bounded sub-disciplines. In my research and professional service I try to remedy this situation. In my teaching, I examine medieval literary and historical topics in the context of modern society and help students see their importance in the development of contemporary culture, politics, and social norms. I focus on the study of reading strategies of imaginative texts that leads to the advanced understanding of literature as part of cultural history.

MemberKate Brasseur

I am a graduate student at Carleton University working on my Master’s of History. I love medieval history, and since my undergrad have taken on the role of cataloguer-at-large, seeking out medieval materials in Ottawa in order to publish a catalogue of medieval content held in Canada’s capital city. The website, far from perfect, became the final project for my undergraduate thesis. (**The site is no longer private, please check it out!). This fascination with all things medieval began in January 2017, when I was given the opportunity to solve a mystery — a medieval manuscript lay open at the front of Carleton’s Archives and Research Collections (ARC) seminar room, its origins and contents still unknown. I was quickly drawn to paleography, and found myself immersed in the study of letter forms and abbreviations. After months of studying medieval codicology, taking Latin, French, and German courses, and frequenting archives more often than the cafe near my house, I decided not to look back. That is when I joined the Medieval and Early Modern Society and by the following September I became the club’s president. Nowadays you can find me in my office or at ARC working away at my thesis project which I hope to complete by Spring 2020. Check out my personal hcommons website to follow the progress of my work and learn about the wonderful tools that digital humanists are developing for medieval studies. And be sure to click the link to the Medieval Book website which charts the progress of the students of HIST 4006: Digitizing Medieval Archives as we create a physical exhibition for ARC’s manuscript books and folios and a corresponding digital exhibition to enhance the experience through soundscapes, an interactive paleographical tool, chant recreations, and high definition images.  

Deposit(Re)modeling the Narrative: Communication Networks, Petitionary Texts, and the 13th Century Prosopography

Studies that apply Social Network Analysis (SNA) to historical documents and literary texts are becoming more reflective of the innovations and developments in digital medieval studies. Historical SNA studies conducted by Hammond (2016) looks at family trees in medieval Scotland to create a network. Similarly, Geggel (2018), builds a literary network using Irish and Viking texts, demonstrating a shift in medieval studies as they converge with network theory. However, none of these studies focus on historical documents or their contributions to paleography. In this project I employ SNA to examine the reign of Edward I (1272-1307), both in terms his place in English history and his impact on historical communication networks. Using petitions as historical evidence, I analyze smaller conversations occurring in England, looking at whether these events did, in fact, impact life in Western Europe. The data extracted from these minor historical documents are used to construct visualizations representing prosopographies – or collective narratives – shaped by English communication networks. The source material for my current research begins with a sample of 413 open-source digitized documents available from the British National Archives’ Special Collection 8. I argue that this methodology can give historians a better sense of the past. The results of this study reveal trends in 13th century communication networks, but, more importantly, provide the framework for a working model that future research in historical Social Network Analysis can implement.

MemberLorraine de la Verpillière

Lorraine de la Verpillière is a Post-doctoral Research Assistant on the ERC-funded project “Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science”.
Before coming to CRASSH, Lorraine completed a PhD at the History of Art department in Cambridge, funded by the AHRC, the Cambridge Trust, and Pembroke College’s Lander Studentship in History of Art. Her thesis, entitled ‘Visceral Creativity: Digestion, Earthly Melancholy, and Materiality in the Graphic Arts of Early Modern France and the German-Speaking Lands (c. 1530-1675)’, examines how early modern artists depicted the ‘physiology of creation’, focusing on the lower process of digestion as a natural model of artistic creativity.
Prior to her PhD, Lorraine received a BA and MA in History of Art from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she researched and published on the artistic patronage of Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-1558) between Italy and England. Lorraine has a long-standing interest in science as, prior to starting her BA in History of Art, she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in a French classe préparatoire. Recently, she also took part in the Middle French Paleography Workshop organised by The Making and Knowing Project (led by Prof. Pamela Smith) at the University of Columbia in New York, where she received intensive training in Middle French manuscript reading and helped to the translation and digital encoding of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 – a sixteenth-century compilation of technical recipes written by an anonymous French craftsperson. With her colleague, Lizzie Marx, Lorraine co-coordinated the Cambridge History of Art Graduate Research Seminar, Lent term 2018 on the topic of “Art and the Senses.”

MemberStephanie J. Lahey

…19 Mar — ManuSciences’19. CAES du CNRS, Villa Clythia, Fréjus, France.
2018 Jun — DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) 2018. Victoria, BC.
2018 Jan — American Academy in Rome, Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology. Roma, Italia.
2017 Jun — TNA–PAST (The National Archives Postgraduate Archival Skills Training), Medieval Legal Records Workshop. Richmond, UK.
2017 Jun — London International Pala…

Stephanie J. Lahey is a SSHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, Canada, where she holds the Howard E. Petch Research Scholarship and a University of Victoria Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation—a mixed-methodology, corpus-based study of the use of parchment ‘offcuts’ (low-quality byproducts of parchment manufacturing) in manuscripts produced in later medieval England—is jointly supervised by Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins (Victoria) and Dr. Erik Kwakkel (UBC iSchool). A recent Guest Researcher at Universiteit Leiden, she is the Editorial Assistant of Early Middle English, teaches at DHSI and at the University of Victoria, and serves on the Public Relations and Outreach Committee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists / Société canadienne des médiévistes. Her research interests include medieval codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production; parchment-manufacturing and use; medieval legal, technical, and reference literatures; quantitative and digital humanities; and public humanities.