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Our DPP Newsletter informs you quarterly – in the months of March, June, September and December of each year – on our scholarly activities, progress and results, which have been achieved as cornerstones of the project "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World".
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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The goal of this newsletter is to inform you on the content, the state and the evolution of the project Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World. DPP has started in January 2015, will last for four years and is funded within the programme “Digital Humanities: Langzeitprojekte zum kulturellen Erbe” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). It is hosted at the Institute for Medieval Research of the ÖAW and unites various experts from the fields of Medieval History, Byzantine Studies, Historical Geography, Geography, Cartography, Geographical Information Science (GISc) and Software Engineering based on a cooperation with the Department of Geography and Regional Research of the University of Vienna.

The project DPP focuses on the depiction and analysis of space and place in medieval written sources, of the interaction between built and natural environment, of appropriation of space and of the emergence of new political, religious and economic structures of power. DPP compares three regions of the medieval world: the Eastern Alps (6th-12th cent.), the historical region of Macedonia (12th-14th cent.) and historical Southern Armenia (5th-11th cent.). With tools deriving from Digital Humanities, historical and archaeological data will be digitised, combined, geo-referenced and integrated into a data base (using the OpenAtlas-system, which was enhanced by Stefan Eichert, Katharina Winckler and Alexander Watzinger for the projects “The Eastern Alps revisited” and “Mapping Medieval Conflict – MEDCON” and will be even more enriched for DPP with historical geographical features).

To communicate the results of the spatial analyses as well as the historical and archaeological data and the spatial relations thereof, DPP (Team Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna) aims to create an interactive and dynamic map-based online application. It will be an integral part of the DPP project and provide a framework for various aspects of the project.

Our digital newsletter will be published quaterly and keep you informed on our activities and results. Moreover, please feel free to consult our web page at www.dpp.oeaw.ac.at.

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team


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The DPP project Team
 
Team Institute for Medieval Research
Austrian Academy of Sciences

Mihailo Popovic Popovic Mihailo

Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. phil. (project leader of DPP); His research interests include amongst others Historical Geography and Cartography of the Mediterranean, History and Culture of South Eastern Europe (7th-16th Centuries), Byzantine History, Digital Humanities and Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS).

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Winckler Katharina

Dr. phil. in Medieval History, is researcher at the Institute of Medieval Research / Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her main research fields are early medieval conceptions, organisation and appropriation of space, mainly in the Alps.

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Katharina Winckler
 
Stefan Eichert Stefan Eichert

Dr. phil. Stefan Eichert, is research and teaching assistant at the University of Vienna and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His main research fields are early medieval history and archaeology and computer applications in archaeology and digital humanities.

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Johannes Preiser-Kapeller

Dr. phil. in Byzantine Studies at the University of Vienna, is researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Research, Division of Byzantine Research.

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Johannes Preiser-Kapeller
 
Team Department of Geography and Regional Research
University of Vienna

Karel Kriz Karel Kriz

Professor for Cartography and Geoinformation Science at the University of Vienna, Austria. Main areas of research lie in cartographic design, web-based cartography, GIScience and thematic aspects of mountain cartography.

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Alexander Pucher

Dr. Alexander Pucher is a scientist and lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research. His major interests lie in usability issues of cartographic projects, Web-mapping and recent developments in geographic information science.

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Alexander Pucher
 
Markus Breier Markus Breier

Mag. rer. nat Markus Breier, is project assistant and lecturer at the University of Vienna at the Department of Geography and Regional Research. His main research field is the application of geographical information systems in historical research.

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Daniel Nell

Graduate of Geography and Regional Research (Cartography and Geoinformation Sciences) at the University of Vienna. He is currently working as a project assistant at the Department of Geography and Regional Research.

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Daniel Nell
 
Technical Team

Emanuel Wenger Emanuel Wenger

IMAFO, Schrift- und Buchwesen

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Alexander Watzinger

Craws, Database and Programming

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Alexander Watzinger
 
Christine Rochelt Christine Rochelt

User Interface Design

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Jan Belik

Logo and Webdesign

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Jan Belik
 
Student Assistants

David Schmid David Schmid

Student of history and slavonic studies. Research interests include Medieval history, military and violence history, history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, former Yugoslavia and Russia, Eastern European history, austro-slavonic relationships and diplomacy.

 
Bernhard Koschicek

BSc. in Computer Sciences, student of Computer Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and student of history at University of Vienna. Research interests include Computer Security, Digital preservation, medieval and military history.

Bernhard Koschicek
 
 
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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

As has been recently announced in our first DPP Newsletter, we will inform you quarterly on our scholarly activities and results. This newsletter, which was programmed by our historian and software engineer Bernhard Koschicek, is the last issue for 2015 and will give you a succinct report of the achieved cornerstones of the project “Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World” in 2015. Starting with 2016 we will keep to the envisaged time frame with respect to our newsletter.

Please feel free to consult our web page at dpp.oeaw.ac.at for further information, which was requested 102,562 times in 2015, and also if you would like to subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016!

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team
 
Stefan Eichert Scholarly Papers in 2015

First results of the project were promoted at various venues in Europe and the USA. In 2015 the DPP team has presented altogether 15 papers on manifold topics – i.e. historical, archaeological, geographical, technical and software-related – of the project. Some selected highlights shall be mentioned in the following: The kick-off was undertaken by Mihailo Popović with a short presentation of the then newly approved project at the “Österreichische Tage der digitalen Geisteswissenschaften” (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 1-3 December 2014)

At the International Medieval Congress in Leeds 2015 Katharina Winckler presented a paper entitled “Mapping the Competition: Bavarian Bishoprics in Carolingian Times”. At the same congress Stefan Eichert introduced the audience to the technical and software-related aspects of DPP with the paper “OpenATLAS: An Open Source Tool for Mapping Historical Relations”, while Johannes Preiser-Kapeller spoke on “Topography, Ecology, and (Byzantine) Power in Early Medieval Eastern Anatolia and Armenia, 700-1050”.



In September 2015 Stefan Eichert was invited by the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague to present a paper on “Digital Humanities in History and Archaeology”. David Schmid and Mihailo Popović took part in the workshop “Migrationes gentium” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in September 2015 and gave an account on “Vlachen – umtriebige Nachbarn?: Zwei Fallstudien des Projektes Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP) zum byzantinischen Makedonien im 14. Jahrhundert”. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller was invited to the University of Hamburg in November 2015 to present a paper on “Well-Connected Domains: Armenian Mobility and Networks Before, Within and Beyond the Early Islamic Empire, 500-900 CE”.

At the 1st ICA (International Cartographic Association) European Symposium on Cartography in Vienna in November 2015 Markus Breier spoke on behalf of the Team Department of Geography and Regional Research of the University of Vienna (Karel Kriz, Alexander Pucher) on “Digitising (Historical) Patterns of Power”.

Finally, Mihailo Popović was invited by Princeton University (USA) to present DPP within the framework of the “PIIRS Climate and History Initiative” with a paper entitled “Digitising Patterns of Power in Macedonia (12th-14th C.): What do Nomads, Pasture, Camels and Hydrography Have in Common?”.

In 2016 we are also aiming to spread the word about our case studies, their common research question and software-related innovations.


Katharina Winckler
 
Datamodel Database Engineering in 2015

In the first year of the Project DPP, Stefan Eichert and Alexander Watzinger finished the first version of the OpenAtlas Software, which enables a Database System for Object Oriented Modelling of the Past. A database backend was designed in PostgreSQL and PostGIS, using CIDOC-CRM for the data model. Additionally, a web interface for inserting and editing data was created using standard technologies such as HTML5, PHP and JavaScript.

As of now, the software offers functionality to record information on actors, places, sources and events as well as the connections between these. To enable users to work with spatial data a map interface was implemented, using the Leaflet library and OpenStreetMap data.

The next features to be developed will be:
  • functionality to draw geometries directly in the browser for the localisation of places
  • graphical visualisation of the entities’ respective networks
  • file upload and display of image data
  • advanced queries and searches as well as import and export of data
 
Promotion of Young Scholars Shephard
Accompanying to the project DPP research will be conducted by a student assistant of the project, David Schmid, which will lead to the composition of a BA thesis. This BA thesis will have the title “Transhumanz im historischen Makedonien des 14. Jahrhunderts. Symbiose und Konflikte zwischen Vlachen und Slawen” and will be written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marija Wakounig at the Institute for Eastern European History of the University of Vienna.

Data will be deriving from the case study “The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th-14th Cent.) The Transformation of a Medieval Landscape” in collaboration with Mihailo Popović. Based on medieval Serbian charters from the 14th century and the renowned compilation of law entitled Zakonik of Stefan Dušan the relationship between nomadic Vlach herdsmen and sedentary Slavic farmers in the historical region of Macedonia (i. e. Prilep and surroundings as well as the region of Skopje) will be highlighted. In addition, possible Vlach routes of transhumance between Skopje and the Chalcidice peninsula will be reconstructed.
 
Script Publications and Workshop
on Medieval Slavonic Charters

In the first year of DPP two scholarly articles were published in accordance with the research question of DPP. In May 2015 Mihailo Popović led a workshop entitled “Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Altslawische Urkunden des Mittelalters – eine bekannte schriftliche Quellengruppe neu betrachtet” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which was attended by students from History, Byzantine Studies, Slavonic Studies and Balkan Studies of the University of Vienna.

The aim of the workshop was to introduce the students to the vast field of research on medieval Serbian charters, which form one of the main groups of sources within DPP. These future young scholars were trained in diplomatics, the historical background of the sources and their translation.
 
Outlook 2016 - Leeds

Leeds
In the year 2016 we are looking forward to two highlights. The first will be the International Medieval Congress in Leeds. Four out of four sessions of the DPP team have been accepted by the organisers. They are as follows:

  • Session DPP I – Lordship, Landscape and Agriculture in Medieval Mountain Regions
  • Session DPP II – Frontier, Contact Zone or No Man’s Land? The Morava-Thaya Region from the Early to the High Middle Ages
  • Session DPP III – Flocks, Farms and Frontiers
  • Session DPP IV – Reconstructing Historical Landscapes: Conceptualization, Mapping and Geocommunication
These sessions will take place on Tuesday, 5 July 2016, starting at 9 am. Further details will be announced in our forthcoming newsletter.
Moreover, we plan as the second highlight a DPP workshop on methodological issues in September 2016.
 
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Digitising Patterns of Power
Newsletter No.1 / March 2016

Springflowers
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The project "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World" has entered its second year with several highlights, on which you can find further information below. DPP has been awarded a cluster of four sessions at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2016 in Leeds. Moreover, we will strengthen our scholarly cooperation with South-East Europe by hosting a guest researcher from the University of Belgrade. In addition, we aim at incorporating data on climate and its history into our database and have therefore established links to a group of experts in the fields of Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change at the Justus Liebig University Gießen.

Please feel free to consult our web page at dpp.oeaw.ac.at for further information, which will be relaunched with new interesting features in April 2016, and also if you would like to subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter.

We wish you nice and pleasant Easter holidays!

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team
 
Leeds Save the Date – IMC Leeds, 5 July 2016

We are very much looking forward to our first scholarly highlight in the year 2016. Four out of four sessions of the DPP team have been accepted by the organisers of the International Medieval Congress (IMC) in Leeds (4-7 July 2016).
They will take place on Tuesday, 5 July 2016, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the St. George Room / University House (Session Numbers 503, 603, 703, 803).

Our sessions are as follows:

  • Session DPP I – Lordship, Landscape and Agriculture in Medieval Mountain Regions (chair: Prof. Dr. Walter Pohl, Director of the IMAFO)

  • Session DPP II – Frontier, Contact Zone or No Man’s Land? The Morava-Thaya Region from the Early to the High Middle Ages (chair: Prof. Dr. Jiří Macháček)

  • Session DPP III – Flocks, Farms and Frontiers (chair: Doz. Dr. Mihailo Popović)

  • Session DPP IV – Reconstructing Historical Landscapes: Conceptualization, Mapping and Geocommunication (chair: Dr. Stefan Eichert)

Please consult the homepage of the organisers of the IMC Leeds 2016 for further details:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2016.html


 
Visiting Scholar joining DPP
for Two Months

Maria
In 2015 the application of Mrs. Marija Vasiljević MA, a PhD student in the field of Medieval Studies at the Department of History of the University of Belgrade, for a two-month scholarship of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research, OeAD-GmbH) has successfully been supported by Mihailo Popović. Mrs. Vasiljević will join the Team Institute for Medieval Research (Austrian Academy of Sciences) from 1 April 2016 until 31 May 2016 and cooperate closely with Mihailo Popović and David Schmid on the medieval Slavonic charters concerning Case Study no. 3 [The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th–14th Cent.) – The Transformation of a Medieval Landscape]. She holds a position of Research Fellow as a scholarship holder at the Department of History in Belgrade.

Currently, she is working on her PhD-thesis entitled "The Late Medieval Cults of Saints in the Central Balkans”. Her main research interests are cultural history, medieval ideology, veneration of saints, medieval historiography and social memory. She published two articles with the titles "Mentions of Ancestors in Nemanjić Charters and Legitimization of Power” as well as "The Emergence of Serbian Genealogies and Chronicles as a Consequence of Political and Social Changes” in the peer-reviewed journal "Initial. A Review of Medieval Studies”. Moreover, Mrs. Vasiljević intends to work on the subject of the role of cults in the creation of collective identity whilst being in Vienna.
 
Climate DPP contributes to Research on
Climate Change in the Middle Ages

In February 2016 Mihailo Popović was invited to the International conference entitled "The Crisis of the 14th Century: 'Teleconnections' between Environmental and Societal Change?" at the Istituto Storico Germanico in Rome, which was organised by Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Schenk (Technische Universität Darmstadt) and Dr. Martin Bauch (Istituto Storico Germanico). He gave a paper with the title “Did the Little Ice Age have an Observable Impact on the Southern Balkan Peninsula in the First Half of the 14th Century?", which is based on data deriving from his DPP-case study “The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th-14th Cent.): The Transformation of a Medieval Landscape".

A cooperation with Prof J. Luterbacher, PhD, the Director of the Department of Geography at the Justus Liebig University of Gießen and Chair for Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change, has been established. Prof. Luterbacher will meet the DPP team in April 2016 to present his scholarly results, discuss issues of data quality, data evaluation, uncertainties and statistical methods, which will be of crucial help for DPP, since it is envisaged to try to include climate proxies into the DPP research question and database.
 
New Publication Series:
"Studies in Historical Geography and Cultural Heritage"

Leeds
Accompanying to the project DPP, Mihailo Popović has initiated a scholarly collaboration with the publishing house Akademska Knjiga in Novi Sad and has founded a new peer-reviewed publication series as chief editor entitled “Studies in Historical Geography and Cultural Heritage”. This series aims at exploring new methods and theories in the Historical Geography of Byzantium and adjacent areas as well as at discussing new thoughts and ideas within the disciplines of Historical Geography and Digital Humanities (GIS; HGIS), Archaeology, Environmental Studies, Paleobotany, and Paleozoology of the Mediterranean World, and their influence on existing methodologies. The first volume of the new series will be entitled “The Urban and Sacred Topography of Prilep – a Byzantine Town in the Balkans” and is due to be published in the second half of 2016. Please feel free to consult the following link for further details:
http://dpp.oeaw.ac.at/histgeo/.
 
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Digitising Patterns of Power
Newsletter No.2 / June 2016

Butterfly
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

Right before the summer the team of the project "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World" would like to inform you on interesting news, useful facts and project-related data. We are looking forward to our participation at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2016 in Leeds (UK) as well as at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Belgrade (Serbia).

A scholarly cooperation has been established with colleagues from the Department of Geography at the Justus Liebig University of Gießen (Germany). A special highlight of our project in autumn 2016 will be our first workshop held in Vienna and entitled "Digitising Patterns of Power: Theory and Practice in Historical Geography and Digital Humanities".

As has been announced in our last DPP Neswletter No.1 (March 2016) our historian and software engineer Bernhard Koschicek has relaunched our homepage (dpp.oeaw.ac.at) in April 2016 with various new and fascinating features. We wish you sunny days and a pleasant summer break!

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team

Belgrade DPP at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Belgrade

Two members of our project team will participate at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, which will take place in the Serbian capital Belgrade from 22 August until 27 August 2016 (http://byz2016.rs/home/?lang=en).

Mihailo Popović is convener of a Round Table "Historical Geography" entitled "Historical Geography of Byzantium in the 21st Century: New Methods and Theories" (Thursday, 25 August 2016; 11:00). Amongst others, first results and future research questions of DPP will be presented to colleagues and the interested public. Participants of this Round Table are internationally renowned experts on the historical geography of Byzantium, namely:
  • Olivier Delouis (Paris), "Mapping the French Surveys of Bithynia Online"
  • Marcello Garzaniti (Florence) and A. Filipović (Belgrade), "The Space Construction in Medieval Serbia in the Times of Saint Sava and Stefan the First-Crowned"
  • Vujadin Ivanišević, Ivan Bugarski, Sonja Stamenković, Aleksandar Stamenković (Belgrade), Digitizing the Historical Landscape of the Central Balkans
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  • Andreas Külzer (Vienna), "50 years of Tabula Imperii Byzantini: Retrospect and Current Status …"
  • Mihailo Popović (Vienna), "The Tabula Imperii Byzantini: … Chances in a Digital Age"
  • Mustafa H. Sayar (Istanbul), "From Villages to Towns. Historical-Geography of the Western Territory of Constantinople during the Late Antiquity and Early Byzantine Periods"
Moreover, Mihailo Popović and Johannes Preiser-Kapeller will participate at the Round Table "Food, Environment and Landscape in Byzantium" convened by James Crow and Adam Izdebski (Wednesday, 24th August 2016; 14:30) and give papers on "Grasping Byzantine Waterways in the Southern Balkans on the Basis of Mediaeval Textual Evidence, Early Modern Cartography and Contemporary Surveying" and "Climate, Ecology and Power in the Armenian Highlands, 7th-11th Cent." respectively.
Finally, Mihailo Popović will present the methods applied by DPP with a paper entitled “Bringing Byzantine Studies to the Public: Web-Based Visualisations for the Dissemination of Scholarly Contents” in a Special Round Table “ Digital Humanities and Byzantine Studies” on Tuesday, 23 August (18:00-20:00).




New Results News and Recent Project Results

Mihailo Popović has published as co-editor a volume with the title "Städte im lateinischen Westen und im griechischen Osten zwischen Spätantike und Früher Neuzeit. Topographie – Recht – Religion" (http://www.boehlau-verlag.com/978-3-205-20288-2.html) and therein an article "Raumordnung und Stadtgestalt in den Städten auf der Balkanhalbinsel in der spätbyzantinischen Zeit", which is closely connected to the research question of DPP. Two case study assistants, Stefanie Juch, MA and Stefan Pucher-Pacher, BA, are elaborating an English glossary for the DPP OpenAtlas Database, which will form a consistent linguistic basis for the future input of data. Finally, we are delighted to emphasise that DPP is mentioned in the Annual Report 2015 of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Save the Date
1st International Workshop
"Digitising Patterns of Power:
Theory and Practice in Historical Geography and Digital Humanities"
in Vienna

Workshop
We are very much looking forward to our first International Workshop of DPP, "Theory and Practice in Historical Geography and Digital Humanities", which will take place on 28-29 September 2016 at the Institute for Medieval Research, Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020 Vienna, and we are really delighted to give you a preview on our preliminary program with renowned national and international speakers.
The first day of the workshop, 28 September, will be divided into two parts: The first part will be dedicated to "Power and Space", the second part of this day will deal with "Realisation: Technical Aspects and Similar Projects". On the second day, 29 September, our focus will be put on "Environmental Studies".
Workshop
In the course of the workshop there will also be three public lectures on the two crucial themes of the meeting, "Power and Space" and "Environmental Studies", and at the end of the workshop we would like to give you an overview about "Historical Geography" – 50 years Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences", because the TIB celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Moreover, the TIB was included into the exquisite scheme of Long-term-Projects at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2015, and in the same year the project was honoured by getting a membership of the Union Académique Internationale in Brussels.
Within the framework of this workshop we would like to present to you our project DPP, its case studies, database, software and its first results in greater detail and we anticipate a joint and fruitful discussion on methodological issues.

For further details on the workshop please cf. http://dpp.oeaw.ac.at/workshop/

Austrian Academy of Sciences   IMAFO  University of Vienna
Institute for Medieval Research (ÖAW) and Department of Geography and Regional Research (University Vienna)
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Digitising Patterns of Power
Newsletter No.3 / September 2016

Crossroad
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The participation of the project "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World" at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2016 in Leeds (UK) as well as at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Belgrade (Serbia) has furnished us with fruitful new experiences, comments, remarks and discussions.
In addition, two new case studies have been incorporated into our project, namely the case study on "The Herzheimer Family Chronicle (613-1506)" by Veronika Polloczek and "The Ethnonym of the Vlachs in the Historical Region of Macedonia (11th-16th Cent.)" together with the University of Skopje.
A special highlight was our first workshop held in Vienna at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on 28-29 September 2016, on which we will report in our next DPP Newsletter No. 4 (December 2016). Its aim has been perfectly achieved by the fact that international experts have expressed their ideas, comments and critique.

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team

Leeds DPP at the IMC Leeds 2016

The International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2016 at the University of Leeds took place from 4 July to 8 July. This congress is the largest of its kind in Europe and attracts around 2,000 historians from over 50 countries presenting over 1,700 individual papers. In 2016 our project Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP) took part in the congress with four consecutive sessions and 12 presentations. Four of them were held by young academics, which facilitated their start into the international academic life.
Our lecturers presented their respective case studies within the project. All 12 presentations were well attended by scholars with different academic backgrounds. Apart from the academic program we had the chance to get in touch with several scholars and students from all over the world and to visit the royal armoury, the largest museum of medieval weaponry in Great Britain. We all greatly enjoyed the IMC in Leeds and are looking forward to the IMC 2017.

DPP at the International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Belgrade

Belgrade
The 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies was held in Belgrade from 22 August until 27 August 2016. Byzantine scholars from around the world were warmly welcome to the Serbian capital in order to exchange important scholarly thoughts and ideas and thereby present the current state of research in Byzantine Studies.
The congress focused on deepening the understanding of Byzantium (the Byzantine Empire) as a living organism that lasted for more than a millenium and in which ideology, erudition, art and culture essentially contributed to the development of Europe from the Late Antique and Medieval period up to the present day. The congress also offered young researchers the opportunity to share their ideas and projects for future research on Byzantium.
More than 1200 scholars from all over the world participated in this event. The scholarly program of the Congress was accompanied by artistic exhibitions, which corresponded to the main theme of the Congress.

Belgrade
The DPP team was represented by Mihailo Popović and Johannes Preiser-Kapeller in Belgrade. Apart from their individual papers during the Congress they both took part in a Special Session on "The Digital Humanities and Byzantine Studies", which was organised by Professor Staffan Wahlgren (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). There they reported on their rich scholarly experience in the field of Digital Humanities. Moreover, Mihailo Popović spoke on the current results of DPP in the first year of the project. He also commented on emerging new thoughts and ideas within the discipline of Historical Geography of the Mediterranean World, their consequences for existing methodologies and projects, the possible contribution of applications deriving from Digital Humanities (GIS; HGIS) on shaping the respective field of study and new ways of outreach to the interested public in the future.
In addition Mihailo Popović organised a Round Table "Historical Geography of Byzantium in the 21st Century: New Methods and Theories", which united the expertise of different internationally renowned scholars, namely Olivier Delouis (Paris), Marcello Garzaniti (Florence) and Aleksandra Filipović (Belgrade), Andreas Külzer (Vienna), Mustafa H. Sayar (Istanbul), Vujadin Ivanišević, Ivan Bugarski, Sonja Stamenković, Aleksandar Stamenković (all Belgrade).

Scholarly Cooperation between DPP and the University of Skopje

Skopje
The project DPP and the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (Faculty of Philosophy, Institute for History) have started a joint scholarly project entitled "The Ethnonym of the Vlachs in the Written Sources and the Toponymy in the Historical Region of Macedonia", which focuses on the interplay between the resident population and the nomads (i.e. the Vlachs) in the respective historical region from the 11th to the 16th century. This project, which was successfully submitted by the project coordinators Doz. Dr. Mihailo Popović and Prof. Dr. Toni Filiposki, is funded by the Centre for International Cooperation & Mobility (ICM) of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) for two years (2016-18) and will form an additional, new case study within DPP.
The historical region of Macedonia at the crossroads of Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Islam and the question of the origin of the Vlachs, who identify themselves as a separate ethnic group until modern times, as well as the ethnonym "Vlachs" and its derivatives in the form of toponyms and personal names are at the core of the joint research.

Vlachs
That is why DPP at the Institute for Medieval Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Institute for History of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje have decided to explore the medieval Byzantine and Slavic sources related to the Vlachs in the historical region of Macedonia. Moreover, historical and archaeological research will be combined with Digital Humanities. The Austrian side will build upon the manifold data provided by the volume Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB) 16 written by M. Popović with the aim to create a historical atlas of the historical region of Macedonia. In addition to identifying and evaluating Byzantine and Slavic sources (especially charters and historiography) and collecting additional secondary literature there will be journeys to the respective country of the cooperation partner with the aim to bring together the project partners, to strengthen their ties, to enable a thorough discussion of the relevant medieval sources on the Vlachs for reaching a common level of interpretation and for preparing to include the elaborated data into the DPP-database.

New Case Study on
"The Chronicle of the Herzheimer Family"

Herzheimer Chronicle
The case study "The Chronicle of the Herzheimer Family" will mark a new field in the project DPP, namely one on genealogy. This case study is focused on the noble family of Herzheimer, whose place of living and area of influence were situated in Upper Bavaria (today Germany) and Styria (today Austria).
As key source for the genealogical analysis serve several Neo-Latin epitaphs being handed down in this chronicle, written in the year 1526 by Hans Herzheimer III. In writing this chronicle Hans Herzheimer III lays out the origins and lineage of his own family from the year 613 to 1506 and pays homage to his deceased ancestors by composing poems in the shape of literary epitaphs.
A transcription of these Neo-Latin epitaphs, their edition, their translation into German as well as their interconnection with archaeological evidence will be given in order to complete the prosopography in terms of ancestry, careers and family relationship and will help to locate the temporary and shifting residences of this interesting, but relatively unknown noble dynasty.

Polygon Spatial Uncertainty - New Map Feature

During the recent months various new map features have been implemented for the OpenAtlas web interface. In written sources very often only vague information is given regarding the spatial position of the mentioned entities. For example, a village that is mentioned in a charter might be identified either with a still existing village, the exact extent or shape of which we know, or it might be identified with an abandoned village, which can be attributed to a certain area, in which it was originally located.

In order to be able to deal with this fuzziness of spatial information, we have developed a framework based on Leaflet and PostGIS. This allows the user to draw polygons with the aim to mark the spatial extent of a historical entity or simply to create a centerpoint of its position. The respective features is implemented in the map interface of the web application. Therefore, it is possible to record in our DPP-database any type of precise or vague localisation without loss of information.

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Christmas Digitising Patterns of Power
Newsletter No.4 / December 2016

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The second year of our project DPP is coming to a fruitful completion, and we are very much looking forward to the third year (2017) of our project, which will bring new scholarly insights as well as innovative software features and mapping tools. At the same time we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our friends and colleagues, who have supported us with their remarks and thoughts in the wake of our DPP Workshop at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in September 2016. This very fact has helped us to shape our ideas on the “Sign of Power” in our DPP Database, which again is of crucial importance for the two following years of our project.

In 2017 we plan to continue with our broad scholarly activities in order to contribute constructively and sustainably to the fields of Medieval History, Archaeology, (Historical) Geography and Digital Humanities.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017!

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team

DPP's First International Workshop
in Vienna

DPP Workshop
The First International Workshop entitled "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP): Theory and Practice in Historical Geography and Digital Humanities" took place on 28/29 September 2016 at the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, ÖAW) in Vienna. It was organised by the DPP team. In total 25 national and international researchers, representing manifold academic disciplines, talked about relevant aspects, expectations and possibilities of digital methods in History, Archaeology and Geography, especially databases, digital editions and mapping.
In the first session of the Workshop the DPP team introduced their scholarly work to the participants. The second session was dedicated to the concept of Signs/Symbols of Power in DPP, while the third session focused on digital mapping and edition. On the second day the fourth session tried to evaluate the usefulness of environmental data for the project, and in the fifth session Professor Johannes Koder (ÖAW) and his respondent Professor Charlotte Roueché (King's College London) talked about the sources and their digitalisation in Byzantine Studies.


DPP Workshop
On two evenings three public lectures also took place, the subject matter of which were "Digital Mapping for Antiquity" by Professor Richard J.A. Talbert (University of North Carolina), "Environment as 'Total Phenomenon' of History?" by Professor Verena Winiwarter (University of Klagenfurt) and "50 Jahre Tabula Imperii Byzantini an der ÖAW" by Professor Andreas Külzer (ÖAW). All three public lectures were well attended by students of the University of Vienna.
The envisaged goal of the Workshop has been totally achieved, which was to establish a theoretical basis for the common research question of DPP, namely the definition of “Signs of Power” for all case studies and their representation as Dynamic Types within the framework of the DPP-Database. The organisers enjoyed the Workshop and are very grateful to all lecturers, chairs and participants for the fertile discussions and the useful remarks.

Outlook
DPP at the IMC Leeds, 3-6 July 2017

Leeds
In summer 2017 we will attend again the International Medieval Congress (IMC) in Leeds. Last year was a huge success for the project DPP due to the fact of a deeply interested audience, which facilitated the exchange of ideas. In 2017 the DPP team will present altogether eight papers in two sessions. The first session is entitled "Genealogy on a Map". Veronika Polloczek will present her MA thesis on "Memoria and Self-Representation on the Example of Hans III Herzheimer". Bernhard Koschicek will show, based on the data of Polloczek’s thesis, how genealogical data can be represented in the OpenAtlas Standalone Software. Markus Breier will talk about "Cartographic Aspects – Interactive Mapping of History and Cartographic Principles" and Rainer Simon about "Using Recogito for Annotation and Mapping of Historical Sources".
The second session will begin with David Schmid speaking on "Change of Sovereignty in Justinian Ravenna in the 540s", followed by Mihailo Popovic and the presentation entitled "Byzantium and the Others – The Change of Elites in Byzantine Macedonia in the Wake of the Serbian Expansion in the 14th Cent." Stefan Eichert will discuss the topic "Digital Collection, Evaluation and Presentation of Archeological Data, Interpretations and Results" with the focus on his DPP case study on the early medieval Morava/Thaya border region. Last but not least our software engineer Alexander Watzinger will talk about "Relational Modelling of Historical Data: Concepts and Challenges". As soon as the timetables and the venues of our sessions at the IMC 2017 have been fixed, we will inform you in more detail.


Prototype Prototype of Map-Based DPP Application

The DPP members at the University of Vienna, Department for Geography and Regional Research are currently working on the first prototype of the map based online application, which will be the prominent frontend of the DPP project. This application, which is a key aspect of the project, will serve two equally important functions. One function is to enable the scholars of DPP to view the spatial data and explore spatial relations between different database entities and thus gain insight to the medieval landscape.

The second function of the application is to present the research of DPP and its results to an interested public audience. In the final application key results of DPP will be communicated via “story maps”, predefined views of the data which are complemented with a detailed description of the topic shown and information about its significance for the historiography.

The prototype offers basic functionality, queries as well as dot representations of the data. It is a testbed for various representations of uncertain geometries to determine which one is best suited for the final application. Step by step, more advanced functions and queries will be implemented and tested in the prototype.

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Christmas Digitising Patterns of Power
Newsletter No.1 / April 2017

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The project "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP)" has entered its third year with several new scholarly highlights. In order to communicate results of DPP and related projects to national and international scholars, students as well as the interested public, Mihailo Popović has initiated in January 2017 the DPP Lecture Series in Vienna. Following the First International Workshop of DPP (September 2016), members of the DPP project team, namely Katharina Winckler, Veronika Polloczek, David Schmid, Bernhard Koschicek and Mihailo Popović, have defined the project-related term "Sign of Power".
Dr Olivier Delouis (Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS Paris) and Mihailo Popović have initiated a new scholarly cooperation via the integration of a new case study within DPP, which is entitled "The Byzantine Region of Bithynia (4th-15th c.)". Moreover, the Case Study "The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th-14th c.)" has started a cooperation with the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) of the Ohio State University, while this Case Study and the one on "The Carolingian Eastern Alps (8/9th c.)" will cooperate with Recogito of Pelagios in the annotation of Carolingian and Slavonic medieval charters. Finally, DPP has been granted two sessions at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2017 in Leeds.

We wish you Happy Easter holidays!

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team

DPP Lecture Series established
in Vienna

DPP Workshop
In order to communicate scholarly results of DPP and related projects to national and international scholars, students as well as the interested public, Mihailo Popović has initiated in January 2017 the DPP Lecture Series in Vienna, which will take place quarterly each year. Our aim is to invite speakers, the papers of which have the potential to foster discussions on new methods and digital tools in the academic fields of Medieval History, Byzantine Studies, Historical Geography, Archaeology, Geography, Cartography, Geographical Information Science (GISc) and Software Engineering.

The first Lecture entitled "The Ways towards the Complex Study of Settlement Structures: The Case Study of the Early Medieval Morava Valley" was given by Mag. Jakub Tamaškovič (Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovak Republic). He spoke on the valley of the river Morava between the Carpathian mountain chains (today’s Slovak Republic) and the first highlands of the Alps (Austria) as well as the methodological tool of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and multiple statistic methods, which are used in order to understand the relationship between the various types of settlements as well as between the settlements and their environment.

DPP Workshop
The second Lecture entitled "Die justinianische Stadtgründung Caričin Grad / Iustiniana Prima – eine 'öko-archäologische' Perspektive" will be presented by Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Rainer Schreg (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum – RGZM, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie, Mainz) on 24 May 2017 in the Seminar Rooms (1_49 and 1_50) on the first floor of the ÖAW building Hollandstraße 11-13.

The DPP Lecture Series is organised in cooperation with the Long-Term-Project "Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB)" of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which can be found via the following new homepage: http://tib.oeaw.ac.at/, and with the Austrian Archaeological Institute.

Mapping the French Surveys
of Bithynia Online

DPP Workshop
It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the beginning of a new scholarly cooperation via the integration of a new case study within DPP, which was negotiated and accomplished by Dr Olivier Delouis (Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS Paris) and Mihailo Popović (Principal Investigator DPP). The new case study is entitled "The Byzantine Region of Bithynia (4th-15th c.)".

Two French research programs have focused on the Byzantine region of Bithynia (Turkey), which extends from the southern shore of the Marmara Sea to Mount Olympus (Uludağ), and from the lake of Apollonias to the Sangarios river. Jacques Lefort (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) and Bernard Geyer (Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon) initiated the first program in 1987. They studied and surveyed Bithynia from 1987 until 1994. As one of the findings of this outstanding body of work, nearly 1,000 photographs, video recordings, and studies on written sources have been archived in Paris. Marie-France Auzépy (Université Paris VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis) supervised a second program from 2004 until 2009.

Bithynia
The online publication of the French surveys of Bithynia was made possible by the cooperation of the Laboratory of excellence (Labex) RESMED (Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean World, Sorbonne University, Paris), the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Paris) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). The French project and case study is directed by Olivier Delouis, while Julien Curie, a trained geographer, is a postdoctoral fellow working for the project at the Labex RESMED. As Principal Investigator of DPP I am really looking forward to this new cooperation, which will be fruitful and groundbreaking for both partners, for the sustainable documentation of the World’s Cultural Heritage as well as for the analysis of Byzantine Patterns of Power in this part of Asia Minor.

Save the Date – IMC Leeds, 3-6 July 2017

Bithynia
We are very much looking forward to one of our scholarly highlights in the year 2017. Our DPP team had submitted two sessions to the International Medieval Congress (IMC) in Leeds during autumn 2016, which have both been accepted by the organisers in the meantime.
They will take place on Monday, 3 July 2017, from 2:15 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Leeds University Union Room 4 – Hyde Park (Session Numbers 239 and 339).

Our sessions are entitled as follows:

Session Digitising Patterns of Power I – Genealogy on a Map (chair: Prof. Dr. Rosamond McKitterick, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge)

Session Digitising Patterns of Power II – Borders, Power, and the Other (chair: Prof. Dr. Charlotte Roueché, King’s College London, University of London)



Leeds
After presenting the aims and research of DPP at the IMC Leeds in 2016, we will take the opportunity in 2017 to provide an insight in our new research results and established methodology. Our papers will address, amongst others, new map features of the DPP OpenAtlas web interface, the prototype of the map based online application, which will be the prominent frontend of the DPP project, and the so-called "Signs of Power", which are one of the most important aspects of the joint research work in 2016/17 within the DPP OpenAtlas Database. These "Signs of Power" are intended to serve as a designation for special places, in which rulers, or persons empowered by them, exercised and / or represented symbolic, but also concrete power.
We will inform you in detail on our papers at the IMC Leeds 2017 in our second DPP Newsletter in June this year. For the time being, please feel free to consult the homepage of the organisers of the IMC Leeds 2017:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2017.html

DPP cooperates with the
Ohio State University and Pelagios

Ohio State University
In the spring of 2017 Mihailo Popović has accomplished two new scholarly cooperations, firstly with the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) of the Ohio State University and secondly with the project Pelagios. Thus, the aim to digitise / scan selected manuscripts (i.e. Carolingian and Serbian charters), as outlined in the project proposal of DPP, will be implemented. This very approach will be fulfilled by the two case studies "The Agilolfingian and Carolingian Eastern Alps (8/9th c.)" and "The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th-14th c.)".



Recogito
In the case of the historical region of Macedonia the scans of the first charter to be evaluated will be provided generously by the aforesaid Hilandar Research Library (HRL), which shall lead to a sustainable continuation of the synergy in the near future. This first example is the charter given to the Monastery of Saint George-Gorg near Skopje by the Serbian king Milutin in the year 1300 (HRL, SPEC.HM.SDS.132 and 133). Its scan will be annotated with the help of the software Recogito, which was developed by Pelagios. Thus, places in the charter can be linked to the respective entry in the DPP OpenAtlas Database or to the respective places in the Map-Based DPP Application. This confined case study of annotation will be presented, amongst others, by Dr Rainer Simon (Austrian Institute of Technology), one of the software developers of Recogito, at the IMC Leeds 2017.
These determined steps will create a “best practice” in this area of research and contribute to endeavours which are an important aspect of the contemporary research agenda.

Signs of Power

Signs of Power
One of the most important aspects of DPP’s research work are the so-called "Signs of Power". These are intended to serve as a designation for places, in which rulers, or persons empowered by them, exercised and/or represented symbolic, but also concrete power.
Therefore, members of the DPP project team, namely Katharina Winckler, Veronika Polloczek, David Schmid, Bernhard Koschicek and Mihailo Popović, defined the respective term "Sign of Power", which was given preference over the term "Symbol of Power", since the English word "Symbol" was seen as a concept, which mainly encompasses intangibles, and, therefore, was deemed too narrow for addressing the analysis of the description of space in written sources, the interactions between natural and cultural space and the rise of power.

A type tree for the "Sign of Power" was developed by the aforesaid scholars at the end of 2016 and has already been implemented in the DPP OpenAtlas Database. The "Signs of Power" will only be tagged within the entity "Places" and are divided into four large groups, political, economic, cultic and military, which are again subdivided.
For further information please visit the "Sign of Power" section on our website or consult the upcoming Journal "Medieval Worlds Volume 5. 2017", which will be available in July 2017.

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Christmas Digitising Patterns of Power
Newsletter No.2 / June 2017

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The summer of 2017 has arrived, and we are really looking forward to our participation at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2017 in Leeds (United Kingdom). It will be, as always, the suitable and important venue for us to present our newest scholarly results and digital tools, which will be open to questions, discussion and remarks.
Moreover, our technical cooperation with Pelagios has evolved and, therefore, our colleague Rainer Simon (Austrian Institute of Technology / AIT) will join us with a paper on Recogito in the first of our two sessions in Leeds.
The DPP Lecture Series is regularly taking place in Vienna and attracting audience from different academic fields. It is our special endeavour to address students and young scholars from University by presenting and discussing emerging methods in the Humanities and Digital Humanities. Moreover, we will publish our most recent scholarly results in the peer reviewed journals Medieval Worlds and Acta Archaeologica Carpathica very soon.
We hope to meet you in Leeds and wish you nice and pleasant summer holidays!

Yours sincerely,
the DPP team

Congress on Historical Geography
in Uppsala

Uppsala Koder
Uppsala University (here Dr Myrto Veikou) organised an International Conference entitled "From the Human Body to the Universe: Spatialities of Byzantine Culture" from 18 May until 21 May 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden.
Many cultural aspects speak for the crucial importance of spatialities for the Byzantines. Their bodies and minds are performed as their most personal spaces of social identity and control. In that way they construct their own culturally appropriated spaces, producing Byzantine landscapes. These landscapes are dominated by power relations, which divide them into territories, and performed by cultural practices.


DPP Workshop
Experts of the project DPP and of the Long-Term-Project Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna were kindly invited by the organisers to present their scholarly work and expertise on various aspects of the Historical Geography of the Mediterranean World. Johannes Koder (TIB) delivered a remarkable keynote lecture on "Space and Identity – Byzantine Conceptions of Geographic Belonging". Andreas Külzer (TIB) presented his manifold scholarly work on Asia Minor (TIB 14 and TIB 17) in his paper "Ephesus and its Hinterland: Reconstructing the Past in a Changing Landscape", while Peter Soustal (TIB) spoke on "Haliakmon – Bistrica – İnce Kara Su. The Main River of Southwestern Macedonia and its Surrounding Country". Finally, Mihailo Popović (TIB and DPP) presented in his paper "Landscapes, Settlements and Historical Geography – a Case Study on Byzantine Macedonia" scholarly results deriving from his case study within DPP and from his TIB-volume 16. All participants had the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions, which will certainly enrich their future studies.

"Best Practice" based on Recogito

Recogito
As has been announced in our last DPP Newsletter in April, David Schmid and Mihailo Popović have annotated the scans of the Slavonic charter given to the Monastery of Saint George-Gorg near Skopje by the Serbian king Milutin in the year 1300 (Ohio State University, Hilandar Research Library (HRL), SPEC.HM.SDS.132 and 133) based on the software Recogito. Altogether 32 places in a base map provided by Pelagios were linked to the respective toponyms in the scans of the charter.
Please cf. the following link to browse the first results of this confined case study: http://recogito.pelagios.org/OEAWProjectDPP
These determined steps have created a "best practice" in this area of research for the project DPP and will be embedded in the DPP OpenAtlas Database as well as in the Map-Based DPP Application in the course of 2017.

Christmas DPP Lectures 2 & 3

In the spring of 2017 two lectures within the DPP Lecture Series took place in Vienna. Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Rainer Schreg (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum – RGZM, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie, Mainz) spoke on the topic "Die justinianische Stadtgründung Caričin Grad / Iustiniana Prima – eine 'öko-archäologische' Perspektive" on 24 May 2017. This 2nd DPP Lecture was organised by DPP in cooperation with the Long-Term-Project Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB) and with the Austrian Archeological Institute (OeAI), here with the Director of the OeAI Mrs. Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Sabine Ladstätter.
The 3rd DPP Lecture took place on 8 June 2017. Ass. Prof. Dr. Toni Filiposki ("Ss. Cyril and Methodius" University, Department of History, Skopje) presented his paper entitled "Vlachs from Macedonia in the Medieval Written Sources: Ethnicity and / or Social Category", followed by Prof. Dr. Boban Petrovski ("Ss. Cyril and Methodius" University, Department of History, Skopje) with a paper on "The Vlachs between Settlements and Mountains in Medieval Polog". Both professors had come to Vienna based on a joint scholarly project entitled "The Ethnonym of the Vlachs in the Written Sources and the Toponymy in the Historical Region of Macedonia (11th-16th Cent.)", which was successfully submitted by the project coordinators Mihailo Popović and Toni Filiposki and is funded by the Centre for International Cooperation & Mobility (ICM) of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH).

DPP at the IMC Leeds 2017, 3-6 July 2017

Leeds 2017
Since the beginning of the Project "Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP)" in January 2015 the team has been participating each year at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) at the University of Leeds. This year Veronika Polloczek, Bernhard Koschicek, Markus Breier, David Schmid, Mihailo Popović, Stefan Eichert and Alexander Watzinger are looking forward to take part in the IMC 2017 (together with Rainer Simon, a special cooperation partner of the Austrian Institute of Technology) and to present the following papers related to DPP:

Session 239: Digitising Patterns of Power, I: Genealogy on a Map
  • Veronika Polloczek, Memoria and Self-Representation on the Example of Hans III Herzheimer
  • Bernhard Koschicek, How to Digitise Genealogical Data with the OpenAtlas Software?: The Example of the Herzheimer Chronicle
  • Markus Breier, Cartographic Aspects: Interactive Mapping of History and Cartographic Principles
  • Rainer Simon, Using Recogito for Annotation and Mapping of Historical Sources


Leeds
Session 339: Digitising Patterns of Power, II: Borders, Power, and the Other
  • David Schmid, Change of Sovereignty in Justinian Ravenna in the 540s
  • Mihailo Popović, Byzantium and the Others: The Change of Elites in Byzantine Macedonia in the Wake of the Serbian Expansion, 14th Century
  • Stefan Eichert, Digital Collection, Evaluation, and Presentation of Archeological Data, Interpretations and Results: The Case Study of the Early Medieval Morava/Thaya Border Region
  • Alexander Watzinger: Relational Modelling of Historical Data: Concepts and Challenges

Special emphasis is given in this year to the participation and presentation of scholarly results by three of our young scholarly co-workers. While Veronika Polloczek and Bernhard Koschicek will try to illustrate the importance of funeral monuments and literary epitaphs from the Herzheimer Chronicle and will talk about the workflow for using these genealogical data in the DPP OpenAtlas Database, David Schmid will present the "Signs of Power", which were developed during the last year and which he has applied to his case study on the Ostrogoth capital of Ravenna.

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