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2018-2019 SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships

SIMS is pleased to announce the following Visiting Research Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Catherine Innes-Parker, University of Prince Edward Island (September 17-30 2018 & March 6-20, 2019)

The Middle English Meditation  A Talkyng of the Loue of God: Its Cultural and Manuscript Context

The principal focus of Prof. Innes-Parker’s current research is a study of the fourteenth-century Middle English meditation A Talkyng of the Loue of God (hereafter Talkyng) in its cultural and manuscript context. Talkyng is a late-14th/early-15th century text that survives in two of the most significant manuscript collections of Middle English literature: the large and lavish Vernon manuscript (Oxford, Bodleian MS Eng. poet. a. 1, V), which appears to have been produced for an aristocratic household with connections to the West Midlands and London; and the Simeon manuscript (BL Additional MS 22283, S), now missing leaves but once nearly as large as V, which shared a scribe and many of the same texts with V. Talkyng is found in Part IV of the Vernon manuscript, and its counterpart in Simeon. While many of the individual texts in the manuscripts have been the subject of a great deal of study, their context in V and S has been largely ignored.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Innes-Parker will focus on the context of V Part IV. For example, Part IV contains texts by Rolle and Hilton, texts including meditations of the Five Wits, and other Middle English devotional writings: for example, Ms. Codex 218 (Rolle, Hilton and a Middle English texts based on St. Anselm of Canterbury’s “Deploratio male amissae virginitatis”; Ms. Codex 1559 (Hilton); Ms. Codex 196 (Rolle); and Ms. Codex 197, (attr. Rolle). MSS 218 and 197 contain A Talkyng of the Dread and Love of God, a text which does not occur in V but which is also connected to the West Midlands and occurs in similar manuscript contexts. These last two manuscripts in particular will contribute to her research into the fact that so many vernacular texts found in V and S either originate from the West Midlands or, as in the case with Rolle and Hilton, migrated there to be collected by an institution large enough and wealthy enough to produce the two largest extant collections of Middle English devotional material.

Dominique Stutzmann, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes – CNRS (May 2019)

Books of Hours and their Calendars

Dr. Stutzmann’s project will use digital and computational tools to investigate the composition, content, and liturgical use of medieval books of hours and their calendars. The research will specifically target Penn Libraries’ manuscript collections and includes applying (a) Computer Vision to digital images thereof, (b) linguistic computing, esp. natural language processing with named entity recognition, for content identification, and (c) data modelling to correctly exploit and publish the results of the project. It is related to and will capitalize on the results of the broader project HORAE Hours – Recognition, Analysis, Editions, that is funded by the French National Research Agency and led by the applicant, but explicitly excludes calendars of its scope. It also comprises knowledge transfer and expertise exchange.

Alberto Campagnolo, Independent Scholar (May 15-June 15, 2019)

VisColl 2.0: A Collation Modelling and Visualization Project

In collaboration with Dot Porter, SIMS Curator of Digital Research Services, Dr. Campagnolo will spend the duration of the fellowship developing and implementing the collation modeler VisColl 2.0. Conceived as a tool to analyze and reconstruct gathering structures and building upon the success of the first implementation, VisColl 2.0 will include a new schema to accommodate complex modelling characteristics, turning the project more into a model rather than just a way to visualize collation information. In collaboration with Dot Porter, the fellow will work towards the new model allowing for very complex structures with sub-quires and single leaves, attachment methods, and uncertainties to be flagged at any step of the model. New features will include modelling and visualizing flaps and fold-outs, synoptic charts, page-level semantic tagging, and the use of the automated collation diagrams as data validation during modelling to secure better data being recorded.