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Mike Kestemont

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Hildegard Documentary

I’m very proud of the scientific documentary that we have recently released: Hildegard of Bingen: Authorship and Stylometry. Please check it out in High Definition on Vimeo or in the embedded version below. This documentary will tell you a lot that you might want to know about my type computational research in the Digital Humanities and the field of medieval studies. The documentary has been shown for the first time on 18 July 2013 at the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln, Nebraska (USA). The research reported on is based on the scientific article: Kestemont, M.; Moens, S. & Deploige, J., ‘Collaborative Authorship in the Twelfth Century. A Stylometric Study of Hildegard of Bingen and Guibert of Gembloux’, LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press) [advance access]. We made this documentary with the wonderfully helpful and talented professionals: Jo Bruyninckx (Camera & Editing), Johan Limbourg (Sound), Sander van Dijck (Visual FX) and Bram Tack (Still Photography). Thanks for an amazing job, guys! We have all put a lot of work in this documentary so please feel free to share our work with your friends and colleagues. We value your feedback: please let us know what you thought of it!

Golden Pipet 2014


In 2014 I was among the five nominees for the Eos 2014 Golden Pipet Award for the most promising researcher of the moment. A presentation of all (awesome) candidates can be watched here: (with English subtitles; my part starts around 5:00):

Video Squib

A video squib on my specific nomination can be viewed here (Dutch audio, no subtitles):


In 2016 I gave the first Louis Peter Grijp Lecture on the authorship of the Wilhelmus, the official anthem of The Netherlands (and the oldest anthem in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records). Using computational methods, we were able to put forward an exciting new theory about this anonymous text’s authorship. A video recording of the lecture (in Dutch) goes here:

The preliminary results of this research initiative (carried out in close collaboration with Els Stronks, Martine de Bruin and Tim de Winkel) got very wide coverage in the international popular press, including:

An accessible book on this topic has been published by Amsterdam University Press.

Media coverage

These awards and media coverage emphasize how the Digital Humanities have momentum in the eyes of the general public too. My research has featured a couple of times in national newspapers in the Low Countries or on the radio. Check out some of links below.

  • Primetime interview on Radio 1 about the author of Karel ende Elegast
  • I was interviewed for a longer article on Distant Reading in De Volkskrant by R.-J. Friele.
  • My research was mentioned in a column by Nicoline van der Sijs in NRC Handelsblad
  • My research on authorship of Karel ende Elegast was covered in De standaard and De Morgen
  • I wrote an accessible piece for the popular scientific magazine Eos on plagiarism in medieval text about the Battle of the Golden Spurs.
  • Interview: Round Table Discussion on Digital Humanities and Libraries, Dutch-only in Meta. Tijdschrift voor Bibliotheek en Archief 3 (2015), pp. 14-38: Rondetafel Digital Humanities, “Omdat wij van de geesteswetenschappen zijn.”, by J. Hendrickx, interviewees: Sally Chambers, Mike Kestemont, Trudi Noordermeer, Saskia Scheltjens & Demmy Verbeke pdf