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Dr Ainoa Castro Correa

Ainoa CastroMarie Curie Research Fellow - Project ViGOTHIC

Email ainoa.castro_correa@kcl.ac.uk
Department of History
King’s College London 
Room K2.33
London 
WC2R 2LS


Biography

After obtaining my PhD from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona in 2012, in Historiographical Sciences and Techniques for the Study and Conservation of Bibliographic and Documentary Heritage, I have continued my research and training in North America (Astrik L. Gabriel fellow at the University of Notre Dame, and Virginia Brown fellow in Latin Palaeography at the Ohio State University) and Canada (Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies). All these awards, and the support of the academic community, allowed me to move forward in my research and also to refine my profile as a digital medievalist.

Right after concluding my PhD, I began to build a network for the study of Visigothic script, the primary carrier of Latin writing in the Iberian Peninsula before the expansion of Caroline minuscule, and its manuscripts centralised in my professional site LitteraVisigothica.com. While in Toronto, I developed the only existing Online Catalogue of Visigothic script Manuscripts, listing almost 400 of the surviving examples of codices written in this script, and continued expanding the network by adding to my site resources for teaching and research purposes. By opening the study of Visigothic script to the world through digital platforms, I soon realised the need – and benefits – to continue merging palaeography and digital tools.

The research I am going to be carrying out here at King’s as Marie Curie research fellow focuses on the project ‘ViGOTHIC Towards a typology of Visigothic script: the Beatus British Library Add. 11695 and its potential for dating and localising Visigothic script manuscripts’ (H2020 Grant Agreement No. 656298). The project is aimed at establishing a point of reference for the analysis of Visigothic script to allow codices written in this script to be described, compared and placed in their socio-cultural context. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Latin Palaeography
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Early Medieval History
  • Digital Humanities

I would gladly supervise MA/PhD students on topics related to my research
interests.

Selected publications

Colección diplomática altomedieval de Galicia II: documentación en escritura visigótica de la Catedral de Lugo. A Coruña: Toxosoutos (serie Trivium). (forthcoming 2015)

“Pedro Kendúlfiz, notary of the royal chancellery of León: Training, career and graphic characteristics”. In Le scribe d’archives dans l’Occident medieval: formations, carriers, réseaux, edited by J.-F. Nieus. Turnhout: Brepols (in press).

“Observaciones acerca de los crismones empleados en la documentación medieval de la diócesis de Lugo (siglos X-XII)”. Scriptorium 69/1 (2015): 37 pp. (in press)

 “Palaeography, computer-aided palaeography and digital palaeography. Digital tools applied to the study of Visigothic script”. In Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts: Digital Approaches, edited by T. Andrews and C. Macé. Lectio: Studies in the Transmission of Texts & Ideas, volume 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014, pp. 247-272.

La escritura visigótica en la Península Ibérica: nuevas aportaciones. Bellaterra: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Servei de Publicacions, 2012.

Colección diplomática altomedieval de Galicia I: documentación editada en escritura visigótica (662-1234). A Coruña: Toxosoutos (serie Trivium, 43), 2011.

Expertise and public engagement

Online work:

Project Officer litteravisigothica.com, network for the study of Visigothic script, its manuscripts & cultural context.

Project Officer pims.ca Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies’ website.

Project Officer DeRePalaeographica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Professional memberships:

APICES Association Paléographique Internationale Culture/Écriture/Société, since 2008.

The Medieval Academy of America, since 2013.

Asociación de Estudios Históricos de Galicia, since 2009.

Sociedad Española de Ciencias y Técnicas Historiográficas, since 2009.

Sociedad Española de Estudios Medievales, since 2010.

Humanistica. European Association for Digital Humanities, since 2012.

Digital Medievalist, since 2012.

 

 

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