Programme for DigiPal Symposium: Monday 16th September 2013

Date: Monday 16th September 2013

Venue: King's College London, Strand WC2R 2LS: Room S-3.20

Co-sponsor: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval studies, KCL

With great delight, the DigiPal team at the Department of Digital Humanities (King's College London) announce the programme for their third Symposium. This year's theme is the computer-assisted study of medieval manuscripts, and we have a range of papers covering language, manual and automatic script analysis, on-line curation, music notation, image retrieval and palaeography (of course!). 

Places are disappearing rather rapidly, so if you'd like to attend, then please send an email to digipal [at], including your details as you would like them to appear on your name badge. Oh, and do let us know if you are vegetarian.

Looking forward to seeing you later this month,

Stewart Brookes and Peter Stokes


9.30-9.50 Coffee & registration

9.50 Introduction

10.00-11.15: Session 1: Manuscripts and the Digital Age

1. (10.00-10.20) -- Sarah Biggs and Julian Harrison (British Library): "Beyond the Reading Room: Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age"

2. (10.25-10.45) -- Tony Harris (University of Cambridge) : "Getting to the ‘Hart’ of the Matter – Digitally Speaking"

3. (10.50-11.10) -- Samantha Blickhan (Royal Holloway, University of London: "Musical Perception and Digital Surrogates: On Using E-Resources for Teaching Early Music Notation"

11.15-11.40 Coffee

11.40-12.55: Session II: Letter-forms

4. (11.40-12.00) -- Jacob Thaisen (University of Stavanger): "A Survey of Middle English Letter-Forms"

5. (12.05-12.25) -- Peter Stokes (King's College London): "What is DigiPal, Really?"

6. (12.30-12.50) -- Stewart Brookes (King's College London):: "So Long and Thanks For All the F-shaped 'y's"

12.55-14.00 Lunch 

14.00-15.50: Session III: Digital Methods

7. (14.00-14.30) Lambert Schomaker (University of Groningen): "Computer Methods for Handwriting Analysis"

8. (14.35-14.55) Jean-Paul van Oosten (University of Groningen): "Word Image Retrieval from Historical Handwritten Document Collections: The Monk System"

9. (15.00-15.20) Vincent Christlein (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg): "A Letter Driven Writer Identification in Medieval Papal Charters"

10. (15.25-15.45) Eleanor Anthony (University of Mississippi): "From the Archimedes’ Palimpsest to the Vercelli Book: Dual Correlation Pattern Recognition and Probabilistic Network Approaches to Palaeography in Damaged Manuscripts."

15.50-16.15 Coffee

16.15-17.25: Session IV: Analysing Letters

11. (16.15-16.35) -- Dominique Stutzmann: (French National Centre for Scientific Research): Automatic Letter-form Identification in the ORIFLAMMS project"

12. (16.40-17.00) -- David Ganz  (University of Notre Dame and University of Cambridge.): "'Polygraphism': the Scribe Who Can Write Several Scripts"

13. (17.05-17.25) -- Tessa Webber (University of Cambridge): "The Analysis of Letters: Form, Shape and Stroke" 

17.30-18.00 Roundtable discussion with Jane Roberts (Institute of English Studies) and Marc Smith (École Nationale des Chartes)


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