Duke Visual Studies and a medieval mapping project

A two-plug post:

1) Duke's Visual Studies Rendez-Vous meets every Monday at 415 in Smith Warehouse, Bay 11 (second floor).  Run by Eric Monson and Victoria Szabo, its purposes are to :

  • Meet face-to-face with other people who are interested in visual studies
  • Share ideas / methods / resources
  • Learn about the projects people are working on
  • Socialize and get to know each other

(from http://www.cs.duke.edu/~emonson/Rendezvous/)


There is a different presentation each week; here's how it all works:

"Our featured speaker will give a short review of their project(s), hopefully around 15 minutes, to give us a "taste" of what they're thinking about and engage everyone in a discussion on the topic. We will include both "of the theory" and "of the practice" topics. The rest of the time will be open for general discussions. All those interested in Visual Studies at Duke are welcome."

This leads me to the second plug... 

2) I'll be introducing the very early stages of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Map this coming Monday!

Here's my "official" write-up: 

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Map uses Google Earth to chart locations mentioned in five versions of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle-- a series of chronicles whose interrelatedness has earned them the somewhat misleading title of one particular work. Each of these medieval texts shares a core group of annals until a certain point; from there they diverge from one another, sometimes to meet back up, sometimes to break off and form separate subgroups of texts.

Ultimately, a database will allow the map's viewer to query particular years, places, or people and control layers of century, chronicle version, and perhaps even event type (battle, comet, fire, etc). Each annal will be available to the viewer in facsimile, transcription, and translation, letting the user examine (or ignore) linguistic and paleographic changes so wonderfully exercised across these works.

I'll be showing at least three different "layers" of the map: a narrated tour of the 1066 entry in the Peterborough Chronicle, a static map of 9th century battle sites, and a sortable map of 10th century entries across different versions of the annals.

Hope to see some of you there, on any Monday.