The study of medieval and early modern geographic space, literary cartography, and spatial thinking at a time of rapid digitization in the Humanities offers new ways to investigate spatial knowledge and world perceptions in pre-modern societies. Digitization of cultural heritage collections, open source databases, and interactive resources utilizing a rich variety of source materials—place names, early modern cadastral maps, medieval literature and art, Viking Age and medieval runic inscriptions—provides opportunities to re-think traditional lines of research on spatiality and worldviews, encourage innovation in methodology, and engage critically with digital outcomes.
In this book, Nordic scholars of philology, onomastics, history, geography, literary studies, and digital humanities examine multiple aspects of ten large- and small-scale digital spatial infrastructures from the early stages of development to the practical applications of digital tools for studying spatial thinking and knowledge in pre-modern sources and societies.
"Introduction," by Alexandra Petrulevich and Simon Skovgaard Boeck
Chapter 1: "Norse World from Plan to Action: Building a Digital Gazetteer of East Norse Medieval Literature Step by Step," by Alexandra Petrulevich and Simon Skovgaard Boeck
Chapter 2: "Mapping Saints: Creating a Digital Spatial Research Infrastructure to Study Medieval Lived Religion," by Sara Ellis Nilsson, Terese Zachrisson, Anders Fröjmark, Lena Liepe, and Johan Åhlfeldt
Chapter 3: "Medieval to Modern: Using Spatial Data from the Digital Projects Icelandic Saga Map and Nafnið.Is to Explore the Interaction between Narrative and Place in Iceland," by Emily Lethbridge
Chapter 4: "Tora: Topographical Register at the Swedish National Archives," by Olof Karsvall
Chapter 5: "Towards Digital Spatiality: Rethinking the World’s Largest Place-Name Collection," by Björn Karlsson, Kristina Neumüller, and Elin Pihl
Chapter 6: "Place-Name Databases—A Spatio-Temporal Mess," by Peder Gammeltoft
Chapter 7: "Sustainability and Best Practices for Linked Data Heritage Resources: Some Case Studies from Sweden," by Agnieszka Backman and Marcus Smith
Chapter 8: "Integrating Time and Space in a Digital-Historical Administrative Atlas," by Peder Dam
Chapter 9: "A Digital Periegesis: Implementing Spatial Research Infrastructures for Classical History and Archaeology," by Anna Foka, Elton Barker, Kyriaki Konstantinidou, Nasrin Mostofian, Brady Kiesling, Linda Talatas, O. Cenk Demiroglu, and Kajsa Palm
Chapter 10: "Flores Travels to Babylon: Flores och Blanzeflor in its European Context," by Sofia Lodén
Chapter 11: "Place-Name Variation in Medieval Literature in the Digital Age," by Alexandra Petrulevich
Chapter 12: "Nameless Places," by Simon Skovgaard Boeck
"Concluding Remarks," by Stuart Dunn