Seminar presentation by David Zbíral on 21 October

On 21 October at 4pm (Estonian time) the first online seminar of the Digital Livonia Project will take place. The first speaker of the seminar is Dr. David Zbíral from Masaryk University (Brno). The title of his presentation is: “Towards the computational modelling of social, spatial, and discursive patterns of medieval dissidence and inquisition: Introducing the Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET)”.

David Zbíral is a historian of religion interested in different aspects of medieval Christianity and in the practice of interdisciplinary history, informed mainly by historical anthropology and computational approaches to historical research. His special focus is religious nonconformism and its repression in medieval Europe; Cathar Christianity; inquisitorial records from Languedoc, Lombardy and Tuscany (1240s to 1320s); and the methods of social network analysis and geographic information science. Currently, he leads the Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET) which uses computational methods to shed new light on the social microstructure and spatiality of dissident religious cultures in medieval Europe and, by extension, on medieval social networks, the functioning of covert networks, and the emergence of religion from local interactions. The project was recently supported by the prestigious ERC grant (2021–2026). David also serves as the director of the Centre for the Digital Research of Religion at Masaryk University.

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