Digital Humanities with the University of Huddersfield

Tomorrow I am trying something new: I am giving a paper live online, streaming through Google Hangout.

The conference, Facing the Music of Medieval England, has positioned itself from the outset as a technically savvy conference, asking delegates to consider how they might use technology in their papers to engage audiences in a discussion of sources through images and musical software.

My paper will explore the sources of 14th-century English music theory to get to grips with what was being read by the intellectuals of the day.

From my abstract:

"For some time now, it has been possible to study music theory of medieval England through several different mediums. Editions are available in book form and include informative introductions, careful cross-referencing, and clarification of faulty Latin passages. Theoretical texts have been made accessible on the Internet through Theasaurus Musicarum Latinum (TML). Though containing only the textual portions within these editions, TML has made a new level of cross referencing and textual analysis possible, especially in the modern world which is driven by Google search engines. Despite these platforms, however, it remains cumbersome to perceive a grand narrative of who read what, what authorities were considered important, or for what reasons certain texts were favored over others. This paper experiments with presenting data through graphs and diagrams to comprehend the extent of knowledge transmitted in fourteenth-century England. A new method of analyzing information through visualization will give focus to the highly complex texts, making them comprehensible in a way which offers a different perspective to the intellectual milieu of speculative music."

You can follow the Saturday afternoon session live on Google Hangout which will then be preserved on You Tube for others to view at a later time. The conference hashtag is #facingthemusic and can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

I look forward to taking part in this conference and am grateful for technology that enables me to engage in scholarship beyond geographic boundaries!

(addendum: the Youtube clip of my paper has now uploaded! View here I am on at around 1.57. Find my handout here)