The international research group RELICS brings together researchers interested in the dynamic role of Latin as a European literary and cultural language, and, more generally, researchers who are invested in studying European literature from a cosmopolitan perspective. We aim to cross traditional periodic demarcations and the borders between different regional or national languages and literatures. These divisions are often reflected in our academic research and teaching practices, disciplines, and subfields. We want to foster discussion about our field and how we structure it, as well as stimulate new outlooks on the texts that we read and study. RELICS organises workshops and conferences and has its own peer-reviewed open access journal, JOLCEL. Welcome!
An often repeated promise of the digital humanities, in the wake of the “computational turn”, is that the wide availability and accessibility of historical texts enables scholars to breach the restrictions of a literary canon. Such a potential for literary computing, which was in 1992 first set forward as a “new” philology by its godfather Roberto Busa SJ, prominently returns in the works of computing literary theorists such as John Burrows, Jerome McGann and Franco Moretti. Their assertions that quantification entails a “widening of the canon” and eventually the advance of a “new philology”, easily invoke medievalists’ inquisitiveness. How, exactly, can the digital humanities provide such insights for the Middle Ages?
17-18 September 2018, Ghent University