Featured Abstract: March 12

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Featured Abstract: “Text, Intertext, and Context: Modeling a Map of Medieval Scholarly Practices”

Malte Rehbein, University of Würzburg

Medieval scholarly practices can be fully understood “erst im Zusammenspiel verschiedener methodischer Zugänge und nur unter Berücksichtigung der Gesamtüberlieferung” (only by interplay between various methodological approaches and with consideration of the whole written tradition) as Claudine Moulin has pointed out, analyzing early medieval vernacular glosses [1, p. 76]. It hence requires a holistic approach that takes into account not only texts but also intertextual relations and contextual information: historical, paleographic, codicological, bibliographical, and appreciation of processes of textual production and usage. Representing such comprehensive information is challenging as it requires the interplay of different data models. This presentation discusses this challenge along the case-study of the 8th century
“Würzburg Saint Matthew”[2]: a gospel text with glosses and commentaries compiled from more than forty different sources making it an intriguing, though complicated object of study[3].  The presentation further outlines considerations on the development of models for presenting this information within a research environment and concludes with an outlook toward a comprehensive visual map of medieval scholarly practices.

[1] Moulin, Claudine (2009): Paratextuelle Netzwerke: Kulturwissenschaftliche Erschließung und soziale Dimensionen der althochdeutschen Glossenüberlieferung. In: Gerhard Krieger (Hg.): Verwandtschaft, Freundschaft, Bruderschaft. Soziale Lebens- und Kommunikationsformen im Mittelalter, 56–77.
[2] Rehbein, Malte (2011). “A Data Model for Visualising Textuality — The Würzburg Saint Matthew”. Digital Humanities 2011: Conference Abstracts. Ed. The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Stanford: Stanford University Library. 204–205.
[3] Cahill, Michael (2002): The Würzburg Matthew: Status Quaestionis. In: Peritia 16, S. 1–25.

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