Digital history & historiography

Digital Humanities, Medieval History, and Lexicography: The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

14 January 2020

Lecture by Dr. Sara L. Uckelman, Department of Philosophy, Durham University.


In an ideal world, digital humanities collaborations would involve experts on both sides: Experts in some field of the humanities pooling their resources with experts on the technical and computational side of things. Unfortunately, the world is not always ideal.  Many DH projects receive their impetus on the humanities side, and thus involve someone without the technical/computational skills looking to collaborate with someone who does; while many other DH projects are constructed by people in the sciences  hoping to make their work more interdisciplinary.  Both such approaches raise problems for the best deployment of digital techniques and processes.  In this talk, we focus on a recently-launched (2015) large-scale, multi-year digital humanities project involving researchers across Europe, America, and Australia, dedicated to the study of given names found in European sources between 500 and 1600, the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources (, using it as a illustration of some of the  pitfalls that DH projects can fall into, and suggest ways out of these barriers, as well as argue for the continued importance of projects that truly blend the digital/technology and the humanistic.

Sara L. Uckelman is Assistant Professor of logic and philosophy of language at Durham University and a writer of speculative fiction.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

14:00 – 15:00

Maison des Sciences humaines, C²DH Open space
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette


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