Timothy Linwood Stinson

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Associate Professor

Biography

Timothy Stinson is Associate Professor of English and a University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD in English Language and Literature in 2006 from the University of Virginia and was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University for two years prior to joining the NC State faculty in 2008. He is a member of the program faculty for the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program and an affiliate faculty of the Jewish Studies program.

Stinson's research has garnered numerous awards and grants, including support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council on Information and Library Resources, and the Bibliographical Society of America. He has published in leading journals in the field of medieval studies and book history, including Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, The Yearbook of Langland Studies, Manuscript Studies, and The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. His work has also garnered recognition and support from North Carolina State University, where he has received a CHASS Research Award and a Research and Innovation Seed Funding Award and is one of only two humanities faculty members ever selected for a University Faculty Scholars Award. His research interests include Middle English poetry, codicology, history of the book, and digital humanities.

Stinson is a leader in the application of digital technologies to medieval studies. He is co-founder and co-director of the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance, co-director of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, and editor of the Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Fellowship and has received planning and implementation grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for his digital humanities work. He has served on the advisory boards of numerous projects in the field, including the Roman de la Rose Digital Library, Europeana Regia, and the Medieval Academy of America’s Digital Initiatives Advisory Board. Stinson has also collaborated with colleagues in the biological sciences to analyze the DNA found in medieval parchment manuscripts. This work has garnered international press coverage in outlets such as the BBC’s The World Today, National Geographic, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Stinson is a devoted teacher and a recipient of the NC State Oustanding Teacher Award. He has helped to develop new curricula and courses in the fields of medieval English literature, history of the book, and digital humanities at NC State. He is a contributor to the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and collaborated on the creation of a history of the book teaching collection in the NC State Department of English. He is currently at work developing new courses on the Age of Vikings and Text & Image.

Funded Research

CHASS Scholarship and Research Award (co-Principal Investogator with James Knowles), $4000 for work on Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. October 2014.

Council on Library and Information Resources, co-author (with Steve Morris, NCSU Libraries) of proposal that resulted in $154,800 award to North Carolina State University to fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Medieval Studies. June 2013-May 2015.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, co-Principal Investigator, Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) Implementation Grant, $150,000. July 2012-June 2015.

NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding, Principal Investigator, “Genetic Analysis of Medieval Parchment Manuscripts,” $22,650. January 2012-December 2012.

Council on Library and Information Resources, co-Principal Investigator, “The Ecosystem of the Archive (affiliated with CLIR’s “Observations on Scholarly Engagement with Hidden Special Collections and Archives”), $15,750,  September 2011.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, co-Principal Investigator, Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) Planning Grant, $29,499. January-December 2011.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Fellowship, $75,400. July 2009- June 2010

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Principal Investigator, Use Case for “Digitized Collections of Medieval Manuscripts,” $10,000. December 2008

Council on Library and Information Resources, Emerging Disciplines Grant, $4650. 2008.

Publications

The Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive.  An online archive comprising transcriptions and  images of all extant manuscript copies of The Siege of Jerusalem accompanied by critical texts and extensive introductory materials. Under contract with The Society for Early English and Norse Electronic Texts. 

“Gamelyn’s Heirs: (In)completeness and Middle English Literature.” Forthcoming, Manuscript Studies, Spring 2016.

With James Knowles. “Special Report: The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive on the Web: An Introduction.”   Yearbook of Langland Studies 28 (2014): 225-38.

“Translating The Canterbury Tales into Contemporary Media” in Approaches to Teaching The Canterbury Tales, Second Edition. Modern Language Association, 2014. 193-95.

“Illumination and Interpretation: The Depiction and Reception of Faus Semblant in Roman de la Rose Manuscripts.” Speculum 87.2 (April 2012): 469-98.

“Makeres of the Mind: Authorial Intention, Editorial Practice, and The Siege of Jerusalem.” The Yearbook of Langland Studies 24 (2010): 39-62.

“Counting Sheep: Potential Applications of DNA Analysis to the Study of Medieval Parchmen Production.” Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age II. Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik: Norstedt, 2011. 191-207.

"Knowledge of the Flesh: Using DNA Analysis to Unlock Bibliographical Secrets of Medieval Parchment." The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Vol. 103:4 (2009): 435-53.

“Codicological Descriptions in the Digital Age” in Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age. Norstedt: Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik: 2009. 35-51.

“The Rise of Printing and Decline of Alliterative Verse.” The Yearbook of Langland Studies 22 (2008):165-97.

“The Romance of the Rose.” The Walters Magazine. Winter 2008: 8.

With G. Sayeed Choudhury. “The Virtual Observatory and the Roman de la Rose: Unexpected Relationships and the Collaborative Imperative.” Cyberinfrastructure & the Liberal Arts, a special issue of Academic Commons. December 2007. (1772 words)

 

Codicological Descriptions

I have published more than a dozen specially commissioned codicological descriptions of medieval manuscripts online via the Roman de la Rose Digital Library and e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland. Each description is based on in-person consultation of the book and research on its origins and provenance. Included in this list are books from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bodleian Library, the Fondation Martin Bodmer, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Lausanne Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, the Morgan Library, the University of Pennsylvania, the Walters Art Museum, and several private collections.

Presentations

"(Im)material Bodies: The Absent Jew and The Siege of Jerusalem," 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2015.

"Confession, Vengeance, and the Destruction of Jerusalem," Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City," University of London, November 2014.

“Avenging Christ: The Absent Jew and The Siege of Jerusalem,” New Chaucer Society, Reykjavík, Iceland, July 2014

Panelist. Innovative Interventions in Scholarly Editing: “A View From the Shoulders of Giants: Auctoritas and New Media,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 2014

“Gamelyn’s Heirs: (In)completeness and Middle English Literature,” Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, University of Pennsylvania, November 2013

Presenter. Digital Projects Showcase. Society for the History of Authorship, Reception, and Publishing Annual Conference, University of Pennsylvania, July 2013.

Panelist. Assessing the Medieval Digital Ecosystem. International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2013.

Panelist. Back to the Future: Exploring New Digital Initiatives in Medieval Studies. Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, April 2013.

“New Media and Old Jerusalem.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Tufts University, Boston, March 2013.

Invited Participant. Schloss Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop: Computation and Palaeography – Potentials and Limits. Schloss Dagstuhl Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik, Wadern, Germany, September 2012.

“The Ecosystem of the Archive: Scholarly and Public Interaction with Natural History Collections.” Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Yale University, June 2012.

“Medieval Textuality and Translatio in the Digital Age.” Society for Textual Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, May 2012.

Panelist. “MESA: Growing a Federation for Medieval Studies.” 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2012.

Invited Speaker. “DNA Analysis and the Study of Medieval Parchment Books.” European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on Digital Palaeography, Universität Würzburg, Germany. July 2011.

Panelist. “What Every (Digital) Medievalist Should Know.” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011.

“DNA Analysis and the Study of Medieval Parchment Books.” Material Cultures 2010, Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh, July 2010.

“Cooperative Digital Projects.” e-codices Workshop, University of Fribourg, June 2010.

“Using Digital Facsimiles in Traditional and Born-Digital Publishing.” Digital Manuscripts Interoperability Workshop (hosted by Stanford University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Paris, January 2010.

Panel moderator. “Legal Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.” Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. University of Pennsylvania, October 2009.

Invited speaker. “Codicological Descriptions in the Digital Age.” Internationale Tagung: Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter, University of Munich, July 2009.

“The Next Generation Journal Article: A Use Case of Interactive Publication Using Digital Manuscript Materials.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2009

Invited speaker. "Knowledge of the Flesh: Using DNA Analysis to Unlock Bibliographical Secrets of Medieval Parchment." Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of America (New Scholars Program), New York, January 2009

Invited speaker. "Manuscript Forensics: DNA and the Study of Medieval Parchment." Council on Library and Information Resources Symposium, Washington, D.C., December 2008

Across the Gulf of Centuries: Representations of Medieval Translatio in the Age of Print.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, December 2007

Invited speaker. “Counting Sheep: What DNA Can Reveal About Medieval Manuscripts and Texts.” Invited lecture. Rare Book School Lecture Series. University of Virginia, October 2007

Translatio and Textual Transformation in The Siege of Jerusalem: An Editorial Case Study.” 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2007

“Voices From the Edge: Marginalia and Marginalization in Roman de la Rose Manuscripts.” Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Knoxville, TN, February 2007

Panelist.  Web 2.0 Seminar.  Professional Scholarly Publishing/Association of American Publishers Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2007

“Roman de la Rose Digital Surrogates.”  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Medieval Studies All-Projects Meeting, New York, January 2007

“Everything Old is New Again: The Re-emergence of Medieval Polyvocality in Digital Manuscript Archives.”  Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Digital Dialogues and Speakers, October 2006

“Translating Medieval Textual Transmission in Scholarly Electronic Editions.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Roanoke, VA, 2004

Responsibilities

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA)

Co-Director (with Hoyt Duggan and Thorlac Turville-Petre), Piers Plowman Electronic Archive

Modern Language Association, Committee on Scholarly Editions, 2014-2018

Editorial Board, Anvil Academic Publishing, 2012-present

Reviews Editor, Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Culture

Review panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Collections and Reference program, 2013

Review panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Implementation Grant program, 2012

Medieval Academy of America Digital Initiatives Advisory Board, 2010-present

Chair, Medieval Academy of America Committee on Electronic Resources, 2010-2013

Site Visit Team Member, Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Project, 2010-2011

Roman de la Rose Digital Library, Advisory Council, 2008-present

Europeana Regia, Advisory Board, 2010-present

Strategic Advisory Committee, Department of English, North Carolina State University, 2010-present

Co-Convenor, Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar, 2010-present

Medieval Academy of America Committee on Electronic Resources, 2007-10

Education

  • PhD in English Language and Literature from University of Virginia, 2006