In the summer of 2010, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation solicited proposals for medieval research projects that promised to produce substantive research using methodologies that took advantage of an emerging interoperable technical framework for digital manuscript studies under development at the Stanford University Libraries in association with technical and content partners worldwide (the DMSTech Project). From that call for proposals, nine projects emerged that will use cutting-edge tools and resources to pursue questions pertinent to various fields of medieval scholarship but which were heretofore inaccessible because of technical limitations.

Two Principal Investigators have taken on the task of overseeing and coordinating this work:

  • Alexandra Gillespie (Department of English and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto) will coordinate a cluster of five projects focused on Insular book culture, networks of readers and authors, and questions of paleography and codicology (see the University of Toronto tab below for more details)
  • Stephen Nichols (James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities in Medieval Literature, Johns Hopkins University) will coordinate a cluster of four projects devoted to late medieval continental questions of authorship, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge in both courtly and sacred communities (see the Johns Hopkins University tab below for more details)