Research

Digital humanities: I am interested in what might be called location-based or site-specific inquiry working with geospatial data to model phenomena of human culture, a field that has become known as the spatial humanities. The digital map interface interests me as a medium of data assemblage of cultural materials, both historical and contemporary, to be used in dialogue with historical geographic argument and recent advances in critical geography. I am also particularly interested in mobile media and their role(s) in the spatial humanities for multilingual environments and through social, participatory creation. Furthermore, the spatial humanities research that interests me the most stems from under-resourced domains and from non-Western cultures.

Digital medieval studies: I am working to create open, inclusive corpora for computational textual research in medieval studies. I do this using public domain critical editions, but also increasingly using manuscripts, with the help of technologies such as optical character recognition (OCR) and handwritten text recognition (HTR). Such research allows us to make micro-, meso- and macro-level observations about the interrelatedness of bodies of texts as well as to discover patterns of discursive similarity, thereby expanding traditional notions of intertextuality. I work with geo-visualization, network visualization and alignment as ways of framing old and new questions in literary history. Named entity recognition is an important method for connecting my interests in corpora and the spatial humanities. Furthermore, I have grown increasingly interested in the potential of algorithmic image analysis using digitized medieval manuscripts.

Medieval studies: I have been interested for many years in placing medieval texts into a global, comparative, multi-lingual context. My research has focused on the mobility of texts between the Arabograph world of the southern and eastern Mediterranean and medieval Europe. I work in a number of medieval European and Mediterranean languages: middle English, old / middle French, Latin, old Spanish, medieval Italian and Arabic. I have published on questions of mouvance, compilation, rewriting and patronage in late medieval courts. A focus on corpora creation, I believe, can allow scholars to ask many, new questions and shift the field.

Computer Science: Approaches in computer science that inform my research include information extraction, NER, machine learning, human in the loop & active learning strategies, interactive visualization systems, explainable AI.