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 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. Recent work includes essays on widows, witchcraft and medieval real estate deals (2018), medieval media, human bodies and digital technology (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. I’m currently at work on a book on the nature of Anglo-Saxon media, as well as editing a set of early medieval maps for the Virtual Mappa project (note: Chrome required), based at the British Library.
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.