Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP) – Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World


The project, directed by Mihailo Popovic, is one of the Cluster Projects of the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO), funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2015–2018). Housed at the IMAFO, it focuses on the analysis of the depiction of space in medieval written sources, the interaction between built and natural environment, the appropriation of space and the emergence of new political, religious and economic structures of power. DPP compares five regions of the Medieval World: the Carolingian Eastern Alps (8th–9th Centuries), the March / Morava–Thaya / Dyje Borderregion (7th–11th Centuries), The Herzheimer Family Chronicle (613–1506), the historical region of Macedonia (12th–14th Centuries) and historical Southern Armenia (5th–11th Centuries). Historical and archaeological data will be digitised, combined and geo-referenced with the help of tools deriving from Digital Humanities (using the OpenAtlas database, geo-visualisation and spatial analysis, quantitative and correspondence analysis).

Data and results will be presented online as open access and linked to other data repositories.