Grant of Excellence awarded to Dr. Zbíral
Dr. David Zbíral (Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University) has been awarded the prestigious Czech Science Foundation EXPRO (Projects of Excellence) grant for a five-year (2019-2023) research project Dissident Religious Cultures in Medieval Europe from the Perspective of Social Network Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (DISSINET). With a team of other four researchers, he will be exploring the use of network analytical and GIS methods in research into dissident religious communities of the Christian Middle Ages, which will lead to developing an innovative methodological framework for their study as well as to significant new findings on the geography and social microstructure of medieval dissident networks. The DISSINET project is one of only eight EXPRO projects supported in 2018 in the whole area of the humanities and the social sciences.
DISSINET is looking for a research assistant
The Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET) seeks a short-term research assistant with competence in Latin language and in historical research. The team member will work for a period of 3–6 months (potentially extendable) on the digital collection of historical data essential to our computational study of medieval dissident religious networks and inquisition.
Map: Premonstratensian monasteries in France
New interactive map visualizing dataset of Premonstratensian houses in France from the foundation of the order up to the present.
About DISSINET: Interview with Dr. David Zbíral
The translation of the Czech interview with the project DISSINET PI (originally published by journal SACRA in September 2019).
Why is the graph visualisation not always an ideal way to display network data?
BLOG: When visualizing networks, a graph displaying this data as nodes connected with ties is definitely the first choice. However, this visualization often comes with significant disadvantages and should not be considered as the norm without considering other alternatives.