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Windows into Research: DH Projects

10 December, 2015 @ 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm


This special session of “Windows into Research”, a series that brings together research-in-progress reports under a common theme, will focus on current digital humanities projects at the University of Sheffield. Over the course of an hour, we will have short presentations from representatives of three major research projects:

  • Digital Panopticon is a 4-year AHRC-funded project connecting data from the UK and Australia to explore the impact of different punishments on the lives of people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875.
  • Intoxicants & Early Modernity is using a wide range of sources to explore the importance of intoxicants and intoxication in early modern England (1560-1740), with an online database due to be made public mid-2016. (Funded by the AHRC & ESRC.)
  • Linguistic DNA is an AHRC-funded project using texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) to explore how concepts evolved in early modern English.

All three projects use methods and expertise from the digital humanities to tackle early modern data. Researchers from each project will take it in turns to give short presentations on methods, goals, and challenges. This will be followed by panel-style discussion including audience Q&A (chaired by Cathy Shrank). The presentations are intended to be accessible to all scholars with an interest in the early modern period (ca. 1500-1800) including students at postgraduate level.

If you’ve ever tried to devise a database, run a full-text search on EEBO or ECCO, or spot patterns in an archive, there should be something pertinent to take away from this lunchtime session.

This SCEMS event is part of the lunchtime Early Modern Forum.



10 December, 2015
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
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9 Mappin Street
Sheffield, S1 4DT