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Short talk on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of St Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 25 September 2017

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  1. 1. Medieval Studies: Some Hopes and Fears for the Future Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow Illustration: 15th century misericord in St Mary Ripple, Worcestershire, showing a man sowing seed, the labour of the month for March
  2. 2. Congratulations to the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies on ten years of achievement, building on the long standing reputation of the University of St Andrews as a leading international centre for the study of the middle ages Illustration: Crucifixion of St Andrew from the Neville of Hornby Hours, England, c. 1325-75. British Library, Egerton MS 2781, f. 76v
  3. 3. • A moment which profoundly influenced my interest in medieval studies as schoolboy in 1969 • Peter Maxwell Davies’s L’Homme Armé began as completion of 15th-century mass based on a popular song • Inspired by the Cyclops episode in James Joyces’s Ulysses, Maxwell Davies used the mass for series of parodies: Monteverdi, Victorian hymns, Delius, even foxtrots • Maxwell Davies had been told as a student not to listen to anything earlier than 1550 • Uses the unfamiliar sound world and techniques of medieval music to interrogate, dissolve and disrupt our conventional views of western art and civilisation. • Celebrates the otherness of medieval culture. • Sound sample: http://tinyurl.com/yasu77k9
  4. 4. Peter Maxwell Davies at his home in Orkney: Roz Drinkwater • My encounter with Max’s work led me not only to exploring the Martyrdom of St Magnus, Wakefield Play Cycle, alchemy, and the Goliards but also Indian music and Byzantine chant • My first acquaintance with the middle ages, mediated by Maxwell Davies, showed how they can promote a diverse, inclusive and eclectic view of culture and civilisation which challenges complacent and linear historical narratives • The experiences of my medieval ancestors constantly challenge my own preconceptions and prejudices • I hope that medieval studies will continue to be challenging and to show how everything is always more complex than it at first seems
  5. 5. Matthew Paris’s use of visual indexing in his Greater Chronicle: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College Library MS 1611, f. 141r Indexing symbols for the chronicle of Ralph of Diss, British Library Royal MS. 13 E.VI, f. 1
  6. 6. 13th-century tally sticks: The National Archives, E 402/2The oldest surviving pipe roll, 1129-1130: The National Archives, E 372/1, m. 9
  7. 7. Fifteenth-century plea roll of the Court of Common Pleas. This roll records hearings for a single law term.
  8. 8. Indictments against those accused of joining in the Revolt of 1381 in West Kent taken by a commission headed by Sir Thomas Trevet within three weeks of death of Wat Tyler: The National Archives, KB 9/43
  9. 9. King’s Bench files from the 1380s, recovered from unsorted sacks by C. A. F. Meekings in the 1960s and 1970s. The recorda file for Richard II contained the most detailed account of the rising in Essex, previously unknown
  10. 10. Kontron ProgRes 3012 digital camera used between 1993 and 1998 to image readings in the Beowulf manuscript at the British Library concealed by conservation work
  11. 11. The early Mosaic Browser for the World Wide Web in June 1993
  12. 12. Online version of announcement of Electronic Beowulf project by Kevin Kiernan in 1993. We thought that the use of inset illustrations would presage an era of more richly illustrated scholarship which would directly incorporate primary materials in innovative fashions. Progress on this over the past twenty years has been disappointing.
  13. 13. • The dominance of the pdf of the journal article is exacerbated by open access requirements • E-versions of monographs are basic textual renditions • Publishers become more interested in content that can be recycled via companions and encyclopaedias • Libraries and archives under funding pressures either focus on commercial partnerships or lock down digital content • Our access to scholarship is more mobile, so I can write this presentation on a train, but the resulting scholarship is less media rich and exciting than that I used as a student in the 1970s A Dystopian View of Our Future
  14. 14.      curation as augmented scholarly practice    Digital Humanists recognize curation as a central feature of the future of the Humanities disciplines.  Whereas the modern university segregated scholarship from curation, demoting the latter to a  secondary, supportive role, and sending curators into exile within museums, archives, and libraries, the  Digital Humanities revolution promotes a fundamental reshaping of the research and teaching  landscape. It recasts the scholar as curator and the curator as scholar, and, in so doing, sets out both to  reinvigorate scholarly practice by  means of an expanded set of possibilities  and demands, and to renew the  scholarly mission of museums, libraries,  and archives. A university  museum worthy of its name must  become at least as much a  laboratory as, say, a university library. An  Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0: http://humanitiesblast.com/publications/
  15. 15. Annotation of medieval documents with hypothesis.io. This can be a shared activity, and results can be saved in a variety of text formats
  16. 16. http://www.researchspace.org/
  17. 17. 3d printed replica by Nils Andersson of a 6th- century sword from Snartemo in the National Museum of Norway 3d printed model by Bill Endres of a text block in the 8th-century St Chad Gospels. The model shows the warping of the vellum and enables stress on pigments to be assessed
  18. 18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCYn7oQlLiA Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyph Sound System (2012). The use of conductive ink, a type of ink that conducts electricity and allows you to draw circuits, means that a painting (and a manuscript can become an interactive sound system).
  19. 19. https://chriswatsonreleases.bandcamp.com/album/in-st- cuthberts-time
  20. 20. As medieval studies becomes increasingly dependent on the internet, and our professional and public links and connections become mediated by the internet, the health of the internet will increasingly matter to us and we will need to engage with campaigns to keep it open, inclusive, decentralised, safe and accessible
  21. 21. Recent troubles in medieval studies raise questions as to how we use social media and the extent to which algorithmic control and group manipulation in social media like Facebook make it inappropriate for scholarly and professional exchanges
  22. 22. Liberties of the Savoy film: https://vimeo.com/54517074
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Short talk on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of St Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 25 September 2017

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