Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
Date
23 February 2021, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Type
Seminar
Description

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Dr Stewart J Brookes, Lyell Fellow in Latin Palaeography, Bodleian Library

Dilts Fellow in Palaeography, Lincoln College

Computer-Assisted Palaeography: What? Why? Whither?

With many of us locked away at home and unable to spend time with our beloved manuscripts, the large-scale digitisation projects of recent years have taken on an unanticipated importance. Arguably, the current situation has sharpened our awareness of the limitations and strengths of encountering medieval manuscripts in the digital arena. With that in mind, this paper will explore a number of questions: what would we like to do beyond browsing with the “Turning the Pages”-style and IIIF viewers provided by repositories? How might letter-forms or iconographic motifs be catalogued, curated and compared to support evidence-based scholarship? How fine-grained should our descriptions be? And do Digital Humanities projects and Machine Learning change the scope or even the nature of our research questions?





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