Category digital humanities

Parchment, Paper and Pixels, Maastricht 2nd-3rd February

‘Parchment, Paper and Pixels’, held at the Regionaal Centrum Historisch Limburg (RCHL) in Maastricht was billed as an opportunity to ‘examine possibilities for collaboration between scholars of medieval sources and those in the digital sciences’. As I write this, I am undertaking a long journey back to York, negotiating both national rail services and the […]

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Social Media and the Early Career Scholar

A senior academic colleague asked me recently if I thought that he should start using social media. We’d been discussing my blog and he was curious about its impact. He wanted to hear about what I’d gained from being visibly online. As I began to rhapsodize, I started thinking about the doors that social media […]

Quivering Hands and Shaky Morals: The Forger’s Tremor

This week, I’ve been doing research into the characteristics of tremors that indicate a range of neurological and physiological conditions. I’ve looked up everything from a Parkinson’s Disease shake to the kind of quiver that I get when I’ve misjudged my daily caffeine quota. It’s been fascinating to learn about the features that help doctors […]

A Palaeographer’s Adventures in Programming (3)

I’ve been away from my desk a lot over the last three weeks. I’ve spent many hours working with my supervisor to design a palaeography experiment involving a group of very willing and wonderful calligraphers from the York Scribes and Wyke Scribes groups, a WACOM digitising tablet and an adapted digital pen. I’m still grappling […]

A Palaeographer’s Adventures in Programming (2)

I’ve been away from my desk for around a week, making trips to the College of Arms in London to consult some of my medieval source material. The College of Arms is a royal corporation that is responsible for all matters relating to heraldry, that is, the granting of coats of arms and the recording […]

A Palaeographer’s Adventures in Programming (1)

I’ve been lax in updating my blog this summer, mainly due to the physical, intellectual and emotional demands of the conference season. However, I’m back at my desk now, and have begun to think about what I should share here. So, I thought I’d track my progress so far in becoming an interdisciplinary scholar: a […]