Digital Lab

New Directions on Material Philology

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London, British Library, Harley 612, f. 82v

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This seminar, supported by the Research Group for Medieval Philology explores new ways of working  within the field of material philology through digital resources and technology and how these tools can enrich our understanding of a text and its materiality. ‘Material Philology’ is a term coined by Stephen Nichols to define the branch of philology concerned with the written characteristics of written artifacts.


This seminar will bring together researchers from St. Andrews, Swansea and Madrid and will focus on case studies of their research in Manuscript Studies, Queer Theory and Digital Humanities.

The seminar will consist of three 45 minutes keynote followed by 30 minutes of discussion, and a closing round table.

Guests (especially those working on digital humanities, manuscript studies and book history or materiality) are welcome to join the sessions and take part in the discussions. For registration, both for attending physically and on zoom, please use the registration form. Coffee and lunch will be provided for the participants.


The workshop will take place at the Digital Lab and on zoom.

For more information contact David Carrillo-Rangel.


This seminar is supported by the Research Group for Medieval Philology and co-sponsored by the by the Digital Lab and the research project “Transformations of Medieval Law: Innovation and Application in Early Modern Norwegian Law Books.”



9:00 Welcoming Address by Anders Fagerjord, Head of Department at LLE & David Carrillo-Rangel

Part One: Chaired by Aidan Conti

9:30-10:15  Kathryn Rudy (University of St. Andews): Three Approaches to Measuring Use in Medieval Manuscripts: Densitometers, Photographic Tiles, and Backlighting

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:00 Roberta Magnani (Swansea University): Fingering Late Medieval History: The Digital Touch in Manuscript Encounters with Chaucer

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Social Event

Part Two: Chaired by Helen F. Leslie-Jacobsen

14:15-15:30 Amaranta Saguar García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): “One Ontology to Describe Them All”: Testing the Potential of Ontologies to Research Early Book Illustrations on the Illustrated Editions of Celestina (ca. 1499-1590)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 New Directions on Material Philology: A Round Table Discussion