Digital Humanities and the Study of the Past

The guest lecture series Digital Humanities and the Study of the Past (part of the Medieval Social Conflicts and Contrasts project) attempts to bring scholars working in the emerging field of Digital Humanities with the focus on Medieval or Early Modern topics to both local and international audience at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. We hope to cover a number of a wide field of approaches and angles through presentations of successful digital projects or notable works in progress.

The 2017/18 Winter Term is convened by: Ondřej Tichý

Course material and student requirements are specified in Moodle, SIS Code: AAA500153 (local students), AAA500153E (Erasmus students)

Programme / Syllabus

(detailed descriptions of the talks to be added continuously)


  • 4 October: Daniel Bradley, Molecular Population Genetics Lab, Trinity College, Dublin

Books, Bones and Genomes: DNA analysis of parchments and archaeological remains

  • 11 October: Michael Pidd, Director of The Digital Humanities Institute, University of Sheffield

Manuscripts, Models, and Ownership: Bringing Data Together

  • 18 October: Reading Week (No Lecture)


Do you have what it takes to make a scholarly digital edition?

  • 1 November: Brittany Schorn, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge

Gersum: Identifying Old Norse lexis in the Poetry of the Alliterative Revival

  • 8 November: Kerstin Majewski, Instituts für Englische Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The Runes Project & The Reconstruction of the Runes on the Ruthwell Cross

  • 15 November (in Czech): Boris Lehečka, Institute of Czech Language, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Digital and analog humanities: one or two worlds?

  • 22 November: Franz Fischer, Cologne Center for eHumanities, Universität zu Köln

People from the Past – Saint Patrick, the Emperor and Pessoa through their Writings

  • 29 November: Catherine Richardson, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (School of English), University of Kent

Early modern English domestic interiors – digital methods

  • 6 December: Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University

Early English Laws Project

Manuscripts and Computers: Exploring Medieval Textual Traditions (Stemmatology)

  • 20 December: David Novák, Institute of Acrheology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Geographic Information Systems in Archeology

  • 3 January: Final Essay

Credit Assessment
British Library, MS Harley 273, f. 111r

British Library, MS Harley 273, f. 111r

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