Visualizing Medieval Connections: Network Analysis and Digital Mapping, Session at 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12–15, 2016
We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute papers on connections and connectivity in the Middle Ages, understood in the broadest geographical and temporal terms. As depictions of medieval societies as isolated, stable, and homogenous continue to be challenged, this panel seeks emerging perspectives on what it meant to be connected in the Middle Ages and how those connections shaped spatial and social identities. What moved in the medieval world (ideas, objects, people, stories, technology)? How did different rhythms of motion and patterns of circulation intersect with one another? How can medieval connections be visualized and represented, and what new impressions of the medieval world might we form by focusing on movement and interaction rather than stasis?
We are particularly seeking papers that engage the methodological question of how to bring new digital approaches, such as social network analysis and digital mapping, to bear on this research. Our goal is to bring together scholars who are using these methods in order to promote a conversation on the problems and advantages of their application to medieval history.
Kate Craig, Auburn University
Leanne Good, University of South Alabama