MemberAbigail Young

After finishing a Licentiate and PhD in mediaeval studies (specifically the history of mediaeval scritural exegesis), I found myself in non-traditional academic employment as a research associate at the Records of Early English Drama at the University of Toronto. There I honed my Latin and palaeographic skills, developed copy-editing skills, and learned to code C and HTML. But I found little time to give to the history of theology or exegesis, even to my chief interest, the Fourth Gospel. Now, in retirement, I am pursuing a long-desired goal of writing a commentary on that Gospel. It’s both a learning and a teaching experience.

MemberAnna Dorofeeva

I’m Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Friedrich Meineke Institute, Free University of Berlin. My research interests span the cultural and intellectual history of the early and high Middle Ages, with a particular focus on book history. My most recent research output has focused on the Physiologus, the codicology of miscellany manuscripts and medieval cryptography. I’m currently working on the interaction between Caroline and Visigothic minuscule scripts in early medieval Catalonia, cataloguing the palaeographical changes that are evidence of cultural exchange and migration of written practices. If you want to get in touch, drop me an email: dorofeeva [at] zedat.fu-berlin [dot] de.

MemberAbigail G. Robertson

I am a PhD candidate in Medieval Studies and a Bilinski Fellow in the English department at the University of New Mexico. My dissertation investigates the life of the legendary St. Swithun of Winchester who served as bishop in life and source for miracles in death. Synthesizing the disciplines of art history, history, architecture, and literature to illustrate the emergence of the cult that surfaced after Swithun’s death, my research details how the remains of the saint influenced the architecture of the cathedral into which his body was ultimately relocated, the religious writing that inspired pilgrims to visit his shrine, and the art objects that sought to represent his holiness in a way that would symbolize with gems and gold the power of his remains. I am also interested in paleography and codicology and how the digital humanities can aid in the enrichment of editing and cataloguing practices for the purpose of editions.

MemberAlberto Campagnolo

…vilization of Humanism and Renaissance; Elements of Information Science and Technology; English Language; History of Photography; History of the Book; Introduction to the Study of Latin Language; Italian Literature; Latin Literature; Latin Palaeography; Library and Information Sciences; Library Law; Medieval and Modern Greek Philology; Medieval History; Modern Greek Language; Modern History; Museum Studies; Technology of Writing Media.
Thesis title: Book repair as an integra…
…elly. (2017). ‘VisColl: A New Collation Tool for Manuscript Studies’. In Hannah Busch, Franz Fischer, Patrick Sahle, Bernhard Assmann, Philipp Hegel, Celia Krause, Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter 4 | Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age 4. Schriften des Instituts für Dokumentologie und Editorik 11. Norderstedt, Books on Demand, pp. 81-100.
Giacometti, A., Campagnolo, A., MacDonald, L., Mahony, S., Robson, S., Weyrich, T., Terras, M. and Gi…

Alberto Campagnolo trained as a book conservator (in Spoleto, Italy) and has worked in that capacity in various institutions, e.g. London Metropolitan Archives, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Egypt), and the Vatican Library. He studied Conservation of Library Materials at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, and holds an MA in Digital Culture and Technology from King’s College London. He pursued a PhD on an automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures at the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts, London). He was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). Alberto, in collaboration with Dot Porter (SIMS, UPenn Libraries, Philadelphia, PA), has been involved from the onset in the development of VisColl, a model and tool for the recording and visualization of the gathering structure of books in codex format. Alberto has served on the Digital Medievalist board since 2014, first as Deputy Director, and as Director since 2015, and has been in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paper Conservation since 2016.

MemberBradley Irish

Bradley J. Irish studies the literature and culture of sixteenth-century England, with a particular focus on the history of emotion.  His first book — Emotion in the Tudor Court: Literature, History, and Early Modern Feeling — draws on literary analysis, archival research, and cross-disciplinary scholarship in the sciences and humanities to interrogate the socioliterary operation of emotion in the Tudor courtly sphere. His research interests include: Tudor political and cultural history; emotions in early modern culture; Henrician literature and culture; Renaissance poetry, especially Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, and Spenser; the Elizabethan courtier poets; Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare; the revenge tragedy tradition; the stoic tradition in Renaissance literature; early modern manuscript culture; paleography and archival research.  

MemberGrzegorz Bartusik, PhD

…ce of Scholarly Editing

VIII 2017 / University of Copenhagen, Department of Nordic Research – The Arnamagnæan Institute / Summer School in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies I — Basic Level:  Reading and Working with Manuscripts: Palaeography, Codicology

VI-IX 2016 / University College of Southeast Norway, Institute of History, Sociology and Innovation Study / Intern PhD Student / Norway Grants

I-V 2016 / University of Iceland, Faculty of Icelandic and Compara…

I am a principal investigator of the research project / grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Science Centre, PRELUDIUM 14 / research project entitled: Dissemination of the Latin Conceptual Metaphors in the Old Norse-Icelandic literature as a Cognitive Manifestation of Christianization and Europeanization of the Mediaeval Scandinavia) carried out at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Silesia in Katowice.

MemberGeorg Vogeler

…on von Rechnungen und Amtsbüchern des späten Mittelalters. Göttingen. V&R unipress. 2016. 13-41.
Duntze, Oliver / Schaßan, Torsten / Vogeler, Georg (Hg.)
Kodikologie und Paläographie im Digitalen Zeitalter III / Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age III. Norderstedt. BoD. 2015.
Vogeler, Georg
Digitale Quellenkritik in der Forschungspraxis.
In: H-Soz-Kult. 28.11.2015. 2015.
Vogeler, Georg
Warum werden mittelalterliche und frühneuzeitliche Rechnu…

MemberKaren Desmond

…s to evaluate the prototype.
The development of an online music editor will allow a variety of modern readers (students and experts, musicologists, music theorists, those interested in the history of music notation, counterpoint, medieval palaeography and/or manuscript studies) to access and contribute transcriptions of music directly linked to digital images of the medieval manuscripts, and to learn about the original notation. A two-day workshop will bring together the lea…

Karen Desmond is an Associate Professor of Music (tenured) and Chair of the Department at Brandeis University. She works on the manuscripts and notation of French and English polyphony in the later Middle Ages. Her books and other publications center on the aesthetic and theoretical systems that underpinned medieval music composition, and investigate change and creativity in the arts. Desmond welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in working on any aspect of medieval music, music notation, or digital musicology. Desmond has written quite a bit on the expansion of music notation systems during a period known as the “ars nova.” The music notation developed by ars nova theorists in the first half of the fourteenth century ushered in possibly the most significant change in the way in which musicians and composers in western Europe thought of musical composition, that is, as an act facilitated by the visual forms of music notation. Her work on the ars nova fills in serious gaps in the field’s understanding of the main ars nova protagonists, and identifies and explains what was at stake. Desmond’s monograph, Music and the Moderni, 1300-1350: The Ars nova in Theory and Practice, won the 2019 Lewis Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society, and was a finalist for the 2019 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory. This book’s research and writing was supported by an NEH Research Fellowship (2014), an SSHRC Banting Fellowship (2014-16). Other book projects include her translation of Lambert’s Ars musica, edited by Christian Meyer (Ashgate, 2015) and The Montpellier Codex: The Final Fascicle, a collection of essays co-edited with Catherine Bradley (The Boydell Press, 2018). Desmond was co-editor for two recent special issue journals: one on the fourteenth-century composer, Philippe de Vitry (in Early Music), and one on the fourteenth-century astronomer and music theorist, Jean des Murs (in Erudition and the Republic of Letters). Her current research centers on the liturgical polyphony of late medieval England, and the Worcester Fragments more specifically. I’m interested in the cycles of creativity, efflorescence, obsolescence, destruction, reuse, rediscovery and reconstruction that defined the performance and composition of English music during the Middle Ages, and its transmission and study since. Her most recent publication in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (“W. de Wicumbe’s Rolls and Singing the Alleluya ca. 1250”), through an investigation of mid-thirteenth-century roll fragments, examines the connections and crossover between the plainchant Alleluya prosula, insular liturgical polyphony, and the motet. Desmond is also a digital musicologist: her music encoding project “Measuring Polyphony” was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for the development of an online mensural music editor (2019-20). The “MP Editor” allows users to transcribe compositions in a style of medieval notation—called “mensural notation”—directly from digital images of the original manuscripts (available at Capitalizing on the availability of high-quality images via IIIF, these computer encodings follow the community-based standards of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI), and are linked directly to “zones” within the manuscripts, which allows for the simultaneous viewing of the image and its encoding in a web browser. Desmond has a wide range of teaching and research experience at several different international institutions including the University of Cambridge (Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall and Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Music, Spring 2019), Harvard University (Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring 2018), McGill University (Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016), the University of Cologne (a postdoctoral researcher (2012-2013) on a DFG-funded project led by Prof. Dr. Frank Hentschel at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft), and University College Cork (Lecturer in Musicology, 2011-13). Her Ph.D. in musicology is from New York University (2009), and was supervised by Edward H. Roesner. At present, she’s chair of the American Musicological Society’s Board Committee on Technology (2019-2022), and sits on the Council of the American Musicological Society. Desmond also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Musicology and Plainsong and Medieval Music.

MemberEvina Steinova

I am a holder of a VENI grant from the Dutch Organisation for Research (NWO). My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period, deals with the study of the early transmission history of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville, Carolingian appropriation of this work, and intellectual networks in the early Middle Ages. In 2017-18, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, working on the intellectual networks in the early medieval Latin West, and the role of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies as a vehicle of innovation in this period. In 2016, I received a PhD from Utrecht University for my research on annotation symbols in early medieval Western manuscripts. I have carried out my PhD research in the project Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages at the Huygens ING. I have a keen interest in early medieval annotation practices, in particular the use of symbols rather than words in this context – and I might be the right person to ask a question about this subject. I have published the first handbook of Western annotation symbols in 2019. By training, I am a Latin philologist. In the recent years, I have expanded my skills to Latin paleography and codicology and Digital Humanities. Besides Latin, I also know some Hebrew and I worked with Hebrew texts (for example, I published several articles on the 1389 Prague Easter pogrom), and I am interested in Jewish Studies and the late antique history of the Middle East. I hope to improve my coding and paleography skills in the future and hopefully get back to Hebrew and medieval Jewish history. I also try to write popularizing articles about history-related topics on various platforms, both in English and Slovak (my native language), and to organize popularizing events.

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.