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James Buffington Harr

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


James is a third-year Ph.D. student and Graduate Assistant, focusing on Medieval Media Studies and Digital Humanities. As an M.A. student, his thesis, “’Acting up in Church’: Aspects of Performance in the Regularis Concordia Anglicae Nationis Monachorum Sanctimonialiumque,” a study of early liturgical drama using Winchester Cathedral as the primary representation of theatre space, (directed by Dr. Mary Swan) was awarded the mark of distinction. He is president of the CRDM Student Association (2018-present), a member of the Postgraduate Subcommittee for Digital Medievalist, Graduate Research and Instruction Assistant for the NCSU Libraries' Innovation Studio, the recipient of travel awards from the Medieval Academy of America and the NC State Graduate Student Association, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and a HASTAC Scholar. He is studying under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Stinson


“I peyne me to han an hauteyn speche: Preaching Texts, Reading Texts, and Voice in the Medieval English Sermon.” Hortulus (Forthcoming)

"Voice in Later Medieval English Literature: Public Interiorities by David Lawton (review)." Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, vol. 7 no. 1, 2018, pp. 124-126. Project MUSE

“Logical Fallacies.” They Say, I Say with Readings. Wake Technical Community College edition, Edited by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst, Norton: 2017

“John, the 15th Century Actor” Medieval History, Vol. 2, October 2003


"'Does the Object (Still) Matter?': Ancient Petitions, Network Analysis, and Questioning the Digital Archive." Liberact V, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. 14 November 2019.

“‘Sche wepte, and noman wiste why’: Responses to Rape and Sexual Violence in the 14th-Century Petitions of the National Archives, SC8.” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, England. 1-4 July 2019.

“Visualizing Communication and Prosopographical Networks of Edward I using the Petitionary Texts of TNA, SC 8.” 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 9-12 May 2019.

“Friending Edward I: 13th Century Petitions to the King and the Application of Historical Social Network Analysis.” 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7-9 March 2019. Interactive presentation.

“(Re)modeling the Narrative: Communication Networks, Petitionary Texts, and the 13th Century Prosopography.” 2019 Graduate Student Research Symposium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. 20 March 2019. Poster presentation.

“Illuminated Remediation: Paleography, Codicology, and Game Design”—Creative Writing for Simulation and Game Development, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC. June 2018. Invited presentation. 

Telle us som moral thyng: Preaching Texts, Reading Texts, and Voice in the Medieval English Sermon”—Sixth Annual Symposium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. June 2018. 

Magnum Notitia: Application of Social Network Analysis as Framework for Constructing the 13th Century Prosopography”—Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC. April 2018.

“Like a Virgin: Costumes, Cross-Dressing, and Subterfuge as Rebellion in Female Hagiography”—18th Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC. March 2018.

“Minims, Ligatures, and Algorithms: Problems and Questions Surrounding Digital Paleography”—Paleography Working Group Meeting, Duke University, Durham, NC. February 2018. Invited presentation. 

“‘Soldier, Saint, and Saviour’: The Cult of St Demetrius as Portrayed in the Medieval Literary Tradition”—International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, England. July 2014.

“Experiencing Christ’s Presence in the Early English Liturgical Drama”— Medieval/Renaissance Conference, University of Virginia at Wise, Wise, VA. September 2003.

“‘Playing the Martyr’: The 16th Century Conversion of St. Paul as a Guideline for the 21st Century Actor”—International Congress for Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. May 2003.


Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Bibliographic Citations and Annotations, Regular Contributor, 2014-present

Canterbury Tales Transcription Project, Univ. of Saskatchewan and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Paleography Working Group, Duke University)

Paleographical Working Group, Duke University, 2017-present

Applied and was accepted to manuscript research/editing workshops: Yale University (2019), University of Pennsylvania (2019), and University of Toronto (2018)