Brown Bag Lecture: Close Reading, Distant Reading and in Between

Posted on Mar 13, 2012

“Close reading, distant reading and in between: visualizing spaces of knowledge in early medieval scholarship”
Dr. Malte Rehbein, Director of the Centre of Digital Editing at Würzburg University, Germany; Visiting Scholar at the ETCL
Wednesday, March 21st
12 – 1 p.m.
Clearihue C108

The lab invites you to attend the sixth meeting of the 2011-12 Brown Bag Speaker Series. This is a series of informal lunchtime seminars for faculty and graduate students in the Faculty of Humanities and across the university to discuss issues in digital literacy, digital humanities, and the changing face of research, scholarship, and teaching in our increasingly digital world. For an hour once per month, we meet to hear from an invited speaker, share ideas, and build knowledge.

On Wednesday, March 21st, from 12 until 1 p.m., Malte Rehbein (Director, Centre of Digital Editing, Würzburg University; Visiting Scholar, ETCL) will be presenting a talk entitled, “Close reading, distant reading and in between: visualizing spaces of knowledge in early medieval scholarship.” Details are below. Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested in attending.

Abstract: The talk illustrates an ongoing project which aims at exploring the “intellectual network” of early medieval scholarship, textual practices and exegeses. It focuses on two aspects: one is the exploration of an 8th century manuscript from the renowned Würzburg collection “Libri Sancti Killiani” with glosses and commentaries (the “Würzburg Saint Matthew”) and its intertextual relations to other texts, mainly patristic sources such as Jerome or Isidore. The other aspect is an outline of ideas how a close reading of these relations can be extended towards an intellectual network of early medieval textual practices as a whole, employing digital methods such as encoding of information and data visualization.

Bio: Malte Rehbein is a PhD in Medieval History from Göttingen University, Director of the Centre of Digital Editing at Würzburg and Lecturer in Digital Humanities with a focus on Digital History. He serves as co-chair of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Manuscript Special Interest Group, on the executive of the Digital Medievalist ( and as scientific coordinator of the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities, He is a former Marie Curie-fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway and has an additional background in software development, project management and consulting. See also his homepage

Bring your lunch and join us to discuss the future of digital research!

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