Visualizing Medieval Places


Published Chapters/Articles:

“Practical, Efficient, and Customizable Active Learning for Named Entity Recognition in the Digital Humanities” (with Alexander Erdmann, Benjamin Allen, Christopher Brown, Sophie Cohen-Bodénès, Micha Elsner, Yukun Feng, Brian Joseph Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel and Marie-Catherine de Marneffey) In Proceedings of North American Association of Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2019). Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 “Exploring Real and Imaginary Places in Medieval French Literature: A Network Visualization Approach,” Humanidades Digitales. Miradas hacia la Edad Media. Déborah González and Helena Bermúdez Sabel (eds.) De Gruyter. 2018. 245-259.

“The Literary Geographies of Christine de Pizan” in MLA Approaches to Teaching – The Works of Christine de Pizan, ed. Andrea Tarnowski, 2018. 156-163.

“Locating Medieval French, or Why We Collect and Visualize the Geographic Information from Texts?” in Speculum 92/S1 2017. S145-S169.

Published Abstracts:

“Visualizing Uncertainty: How to Use the Fuzzy Data of 550 Medieval Texts?” with Stefan Jänicke, Association of Digital Humanities Organizations DH2013 Conference Book of Abstracts, summer 2013.

Published Datasets:

“The Literary Geographies of Christine de Pizan (geo-data).” 2015. Zenodo. DOI 10.5281/zenodo.35350

Related Digital Projects:

The Open Medieval French Project (OpenMedFr). A text creation initiative publishing open, plain text versions of works written over four centuries of Medieval French for scholarly, computational research.

Related Presentations:

“Cartographier la poésie des troubadours: modélisation, visualisation, interprétation” Workshop AcTo, Centre interrégional du développement de l’occitan, Béziers, France, 15-16 November 2018.

“Mapping the Geographic Information of the Corpus” at Mapping the Text 2018, New York University, New York 21 April 2018.

“What is Spatial Literary Historical Knowledge?” at “Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge: New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally,“ German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, 20-22 October 2016.

“Toponymic Strata in a Large Corpus of Medieval French” presented at the Digital Humanities Panel “Place in Corpora” at the Medieval Academy of America 2016 conference, Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

“Maps and Networks in Medieval Studies,” European Summer University Culture and Technology, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany 5 August 2015.

“How are Medieval Places Different from Ancient Ones?: Thoughts on Digital Mapping the Middle Ages,” Columbia Medieval Colloquium, New York, 22 April 2015. [reaction].

“Visualizing Medieval French Places: Spatial Information, Scale and Literary History,” given at the Harvard Cartography/Medieval Studies Seminars, Mahindra Humanities Center, 20 November 2014 [poster].

“Spatiality and Digital Mapping,” with David Levine, a workshop given at the Fordham University Digital Humanities Working Group, 29 October 2014 [poster] [review].

“Lieu, Temps, Réseau : la modélisation des géographies littéraires du moyen âge français” presented at “Les « interfaces numériques » dans la recherche aujourd’hui,” Journées francoromanistes allemandes, “Schnittstellen / Interfaces,” Münster, Germany, 24-27 September 2014 [slides].

“Doing Things with a Spatial Dataset of Medieval Literature” presented at “Applying New Digital Methods to the Humanities,” The British Library, London, 27 June 2014.

“Modeling Literary Geographies: A Medium-Data Approach to Medieval French Literary History” presented at the Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside of France conference, King’s College, Cambridge, 10-12 April 2014.

“A Spatial and Network Analysis of Outremer in Medieval French Texts” presented at The French of Outremer: Communities and Communications in the Crusading Mediterranean Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York, NY 29-30 March 2014 [abstract].

“Visualizing Medieval Places in Overlapping Uncertainties of Time” with Christian Heine and Stefan Jänicke presented at the European Summer University of Digital Humanities ‘Culture and Technology,’ Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, July 2013.

“Visualizing Uncertainty: How to Use the Fuzzy Data of 550 Medieval Texts?” presented at Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 16-19 July 2013 [abstract].


The VMP project received a small grant from the European Association of the Digital Humanities (formerly Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing) in 2013: “Visualizing large data-sets of overlapping geospatial and temporal uncertainty: a case study of the changing geographies of medieval French literature”