By 'Dark Archives' we mean those medieval materials which are not read, and how they might be accessed. From one point of view, we will explore how various types of history have been shaped by works not being read, the marginalization of sources, and the exaltation of others. From another, we will look to the mechanisms and implications of bringing these dark materials into the light, for example by machine-based transcription, including neural networks and crowd-sourcing. We aim to produce a wide-ranging evaluative discussion of these matters, rather than a re-telling of particular endeavours.
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Oxford Medieval Studies