Short Bio:


tl;dnr interests: Old English Literature, Early Medieval Media, Digital Humanities theory & praxis

Martin Foys is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in pre-1300 English at King’s College London, and has held posts at Drew University, Hood College and Florida State University. From 2012-2107, Martin served as the Executive Director of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS).

The core of my research concerns pre- and post-Conquest England, with special attention to the intersection of literature and other visual, material, technological and media modes of cultural expression – e.g. maps, tapestries and sculpture, and, most recently, more ephemeral and abstracted aspects of Anglo-Saxon expressive production – auditory culture, technological alteration of bodies, transliteracies and ecologies of media forms, and the process of temporal decay or obsolescence. There’s also a lot of digital humanities theory and praxis in the mix. Recent scholarship includes work on widows, witchcraft and medieval real estate deals (2018), editing a digital cohort of early medieval maps for the British Library (2018), overseeing an ongoing digital collection of Old English Poetry facsimiles (2018),  medieval media, human bodies and digital technology (2017), discovering three Anglo-Carolingian texts previously unknown in pre-Conquest England (2017), a bilingual edition (Latin and Old English) of an early medieval treatise on bells (2017)  media archaeology and manuscript studies (2015), a sensual philology for Anglo-Saxon England (2014),  “Media” for the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (2012), as well as co-editing a volume of articles on “Becoming Media” for the journal postmedieval (2012),  for which submissions were also vetted through an experimental on-line crowd review.

Major publications include the Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition (2003 & 2013),  Virtually Anglo-Saxon: Old Media, New Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late Age of Print (2007), and Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations (2009). I also co-direct the DM Project, a digital resource for the open annotation of medieval images and texts that is based at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) and the UW-Madison Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture (CHPDC), and which has been funded by a multi-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with earlier support from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and currently by a generous UW2020 grant from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. DM 1.0 was released in April 2018, along with several  open access scholarly publications for early medieval digital material under my direction, and DM 2.0 is currently in development. See the digitalmappa.org site for details.

I also love to teach. Current courses include ones on Beowulf, Tolkien and the birth of modern fantasy, on medieval wonder, race, monster and worldmaking, on really Old English, and on the nature of medieval media, and on new media literatures.