Call for Chapters

Crossing the Virtual Divide: Digital Tools and Digital Divides in the Practice of Medieval Studies

Dear Colleagues,

We are in the process of putting together a volume of chapters and commentary, currently under strong consideration by Amsterdam University Press, discussing the problems and opportunities of digital methods and tools for the specific humanistic problems scholars working with medieval texts and materials face. You do not have to self-identify as a digital humanities scholar to contribute – only have an interest in what is made possible by these new methodologies or a project you are working on that includes a digital element. It is also our desire that the volume becomes a conversation, and as such we would like all authors writing for the volume to read and comment on the other chapters when the topics are of interest.

If you have an idea for a chapter that you think might fit the planned outline of the book, attached below, please send an abstract of your proposed chapter (roughly a page, single space) to by December 1st, 2014. Our plan is that all chapters will be completed and in the editors' hands by November of 2015 and the completed volume, including commentary, will be in the hands of the publishers by March of 2016.

Thank you,
Matthew Evan Davis
North Carolina State University

Tamsyn Rose-Steel
Johns Hopkins University

Ece Turnator
University of Texas at Austin

The book will be organized into four broad categories intended to reflect the practice of digital humanities in medieval studies, and reflecting our desire to explore both the contributors’ work on digital medieval projects and their thoughts on how digital tools and methods have changed medieval study. These categories should not be seen as an attempt to wall off methods of scholarship – the intention of the volume is that the contributed pieces will be in dialogue with each other – but to place thematically similar pieces in close proximity. The categories are:

Intentionally broad, these categories are not designed to be traditionally disciplinary. Instead, our aim is that they reflect the interdisciplinary nature of some of the best digital humanities projects, the holistic nature of medieval culture that has been artificially divided by modern disciplinary boundaries, and the push towards interdisciplinary scholarship in the academy. Furthermore, by suggesting an alternate way of thinking about the objects of our study and the scholarship produced, notions that this “isn’t my area” are abolished and discussions amongst the participants – either in the volume itself or in an ancillary website – are fostered.

We are envisioning roughly sixteen chapters to the volume divided amongst the four categories, with a different author writing each chapter. After completing their chapters the authors will be encouraged to read and comment on each other’s work, and that conversation will be included in the volume and hopefully on an ancillary, ongoing website forum.