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Experienced Fellow

Roger Louis

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila

Doctorate from:
Department of History, University of Texas at Austin (USA)

Department at UC3M:
Instituto Historiografía Julio Caro Baroja

E-mail: rogmarti@inst.uc3m.es

CONEX Fellow since 30/09/15

Project

Global Citizen Scholars: Energizing English and Spanish-Speaking Humanists to Advance KÑowledge and Act (GCS – EESSPHAÑA)

GCS, a 36-month initiative, is a global educational, research, and social engineering endeavor. It will thrust UC3M into the forefront of (1) reclaiming humanity’s deep-seated cultural curiosity; (2) mobilizing technology to energize English & Spanish-speaking students (Global Citizen Scholars) to learn about and contribute to scholarly research on medieval/early modern Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cooperation and conflict; and (3) developing a new cooperative education-research model for the 21st century. It aggressively expands the crowdsourcing initiative known as Deciphering Secrets, which energizes Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) students to assist with transcribing and investigating manuscripts pertaining to inter-religious relations. Deciphering Secrets is a component of Dr. Martínez’s larger endeavor, the Revealing Cooperation and Conflict

Project, an international research and educational collaboration. RCCP is evaluating two hundred years (1350-1550) of comparative history for the cities of Plasencia, Burgos, Toledo, and Granada.

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Dr. Martínez holds academic positions at UC3M and the University of Colorado. Presently, he is advancing his MOOC efforts at UC3M and aims to reach as many as 200,000 students. From 2008-2010, he served as the Burton Postdoctoral Fellow at Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He is a historian of medieval and early modern Spain, especially religious minorities (Sephardic Jews and conversos). Dr. Martinez continues an active research agenda, especially in the area of the digital humanities. He utilizes crowdsourcing manuscript transcriptions and digital 3D models to study and recreate medieval cities such as Virtual Plasencia.

Relying on his specialized paleographical training, Dr. Martinez has conducted research in 40 local, ecclesiastical, provincial, and national archives in Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, and the USA. His forthcoming text, Blood, Faith, and Identity: Conversos in Early Modern Spain, is under contract with the University of Notre Dame Press.

Prof. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila awarded with a ternure track at University of Colorado

In July 2017, Professor Roger L. Martínez-Dávila, a UC3M CONEX Experienced Fellow (2015-2018) utilizing UC3M Massive Open Online Courses to crowdsource the transcription of medieval Spanish manuscripts, was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado in the United States of America. The granting of tenure, or a lifelong appointment at a rank comparable to "Profesor Titulado" in the Spanish university system, is the preeminent scholarly achievement in the American higher education system. 

A critical component of UC3M's CONEX program is to create a unique concentration of international talent, based on the selection and recruitment of experienced researchers. Fellows have the opportunity to make significant steps in their scientific careers thanks to carrying out a 3 years research project in one of UC3M’s research institutes or departments. To this end, CONEX is meeting the high standards and goals of the European Commission and congratulates Professor Martínez-Dávila on this achievement.

Martinez was granted tenure in large part due to his UC3M project, Global Citizen Scholars: Energizing English and Spanish-Speaking Humanists to Advance KÑowledge and Act (GCS – EESSPHAÑA). 

GCS, a 36-month initiative, is a global educational, research, and social engineering endeavor. It will thrust UC3M into the forefront of (1) reclaiming humanity’s deep-seated cultural curiosity; (2) mobilizing technology to energize English & Spanish-speaking students (Global Citizen Scholars) to learn about and contribute to scholarly research on medieval/early modern Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cooperation and conflict; and (3) developing a new cooperative education-research model for the 21st century. 

Dissemination activities

Books:

  • Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities". Albuquerque: Fresco Books, 2016. Martínez-Dávila, Roger Louis, Josef Díaz, and Ron D. Hart, eds.
  • “Telling Stories: Historical Narratives in Virtual Reality.” Routledge Digital Medieval Literature and Culture, Martínez-Dávila, Roger Louis, Paddington Hodza, Mubbasir Kapadia, Sean T.
  • "Creating conversos: The Carvajal-Santa María Family in Early Modern Spain". Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2018.

Article in Journal:

  • "Spanish online resources for Spanish and Latin American History". Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Volume 41, Issue 1 (2016).
  • "Deciphering Secrets MOOCs: Crowdsourcing medieval manuscripts on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Coexistence".Routledge Digital Medieval Literature and Culture, eds. Jen Boyle and Helen J. Burgess. Forthcoming.

Conferences:

  • “Put down your forks, folks. MOOCs aren’t done yet!” Panel member, Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference, University of Colorado System, Boulder, CO, August 3, 2016.
  • Digitally Democratizing Discovery: Mobilizing Global Citizen Scholars for Manuscript Studies public lecture at the Behavioral Studies Colloquium at ETHZurich on April 5, 2016. Zurich, Switzerland.
  • "Global Citizen Scholars: Crowdsourcing Discovery and Manuscript Transcription Via Massive Open Online Course" public lecture at the Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom project at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas on February 1, 2016. Madrid, Spain.

Workshop:

  • “Plus Ultra, Beyond Text: Digital 3D Representations of Late Medieval Spanish Inter-Religious History” workshop presentation at the Programme du séminaire “Épistémologie et pratiques des Humanités numériques” on May 13, 2016. Paris, France.

MOOC:

  • Deciphering the Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Burgos. Edx. Summer, 2016.
  • Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking Manuscripts of Medieval Toledo. Edx: September, 2017.

Dissemination and Communication Activities:

  • Offered an additional session of Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Burgos (Spain) MOOC. The session, offered from 02/14/2017 to 04/11/2017 had 1,353 students.
  • "Shields of Grace." El Palacio. Winter 2016: 56-65. • Martinez-Davila, Roger Louis. “Global Citizen Scholars: Mobilizing the public to assist with paleographic transcription of medieval manuscripts using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).” Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e le Culture Digitali (AIUCD) 2017 Conference, Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy), January 28, 2017.
  • “Case Study: Deciphering Secrets MOOCs: Crowdsourcing Medieval Manuscripts on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Co-Existence.” Open Education Europa. February 26, 2017. https://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/case-study/deciphering-secretsmoocs-crowdsourcing-medieval-manuscripts-jewish-christian-and-muslim
  • Deciphering Secrets MOOCs - Evaluating the Effectiveness of the SILReST Method for Teaching Paleography. Tableau Public. May 8. 2017.