Updates & Plans:
Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization is excited to announce plans for building a virtual museum. If you are interested in joining us in this venture, send inquiry to Dr. Carol L. Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Consider the image of the three individuals working together (above left); it is an image that Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization has used for its first book cover, among other items. One might imagine the young woman with the laptop computer and the young man with the video camera to be graduate students of contemporary medieval studies (including medievalism), and the older gentleman might appear to be a rather eccentric archeology professor.
We propose an approach that addresses the exciting scholastic opportunities provided by online technology while fighting to maintain the dignity and diligence established by more traditional scholarship. We propose to build a virtual museum that is also a library, that has a Great Hall for special exhibits and conferences, that provides classorooms and workrooms, and that even has a store. In short, it would provide a three dimensional style environment for both research and pedagogical purposes.
The advantages of a platform such as this include: instant updating of information, access to books and journals, access to video, images, and other digital multimedia, and a digital virtual space for conferences and meetings to hold discourse. Scholarship relies more and more upon audio-visual sources, and this museum-library-store could easily link scholars to film clips, musical passages, artwork, and artifacts, as well as to sites outside, such as Chaucer MetaPage or Google Scholar.
Such a platform, too, would allow for more frequent and constructive engagement on both formal (conference) and informal levels and on a global scale. Indeed, it was recently discussed that the focus of medievalism studies is mostly limited to Europe and North America; a venue such as what we are proposing would encourage and support a more global examination of scholarship.
The Rotunda is not a circle; it is actually a sphere, with halls constantly being added, constantly under
construction, to all sides of it. The Great Hall is intended
for multiple special uses, including the annual Cloud Conference. Note that the inside of the museum (a castle) is much, much larger than the outside ("walls")
will suggest. This museum is as much a library of information as it is a display of artifacts (photgraphed, facimiled, and/or simulated). Its intention is to be supportive of other scholarly and pedagogical endeavors and to encourage collaborations. It is primarily intended for the "smart phone generation" with the goal of creating a diverse, accessible, and inclusive environment of neomedieval proportions. Most of the exhibits in each hall will be free and open to everyone.