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Dr Julianne Nyhan
Foster Court
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Information Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I have been a lecturer (assistant Professor) in Digital Information Studies at UCL’s Department of Information Studies since 2011. Before moving to UCL I held positions in University College Cork, Ireland (where I was awarded my PhD (2006) on ‘The application of XML to the historical lexicography of Old, Middle and early modern Irish: a lexicon-based analysis’); the European Science Foundation, France; and the University of Trier, Germany.

My recent publications include the edited collections Digital Humanities in Practice (Facet 2012), Digital Humanities: a Reader (Ashgate 2013) and Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on Medieval Ireland (Four Courts, at press). Details of my other publications are available here. My colleagues and I recently won the 2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award for our Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) project (2009-2012)

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Research Summary

At present I’m working on a book that is due out in 2015 and has the provisional title Computation and the Humanities: towards an oral history of Digital Humanities. It will draw on my research for the ‘Hidden Histories of Computing in the Humanities’ project.

This history of Digital Humanities has, with a few notable exceptions, been more or less ignored both by the Digital Humanities community and the Humanities itself. The pioneering research that is being undertaken by the Hidden Histories project is gradually changing this picture. Our research (which includes both oral history and archival research) is uncovering, documenting and analysing a number of the social, intellectual and creative processes that helped to shape research into computing in the Humanities from the 1950s until the present day. Our publications are, among other things, questioning the empirical basis of long held assumptions about publication practices in the Digital Humanities and uncovering otherwise lost information about early Digital Humanities projects. The many lectures that I have given in the UK and internationally have also contributed to raising an awareness of the pressing need for DH to uncover and understand its history. This is also a key focus of our social media activity via the Hidden Histories twitter feed and arche logos blog.

In addition to this I am Guest Editor of a special Edition of the open access journal Humanities. I have various other publications at press and forthcoming on topics related to my other research interests. These include most aspects of Digital Humanities (with special emphasis on XML, TEI, digital editions, scholarly publishing, digital lexicography and the theory and practice of collaboration and interdisciplinary); Information Studies (including the history of Information and electronic publishing); the history of computing (especially in the Humanities); Oral History; the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (especially object-based learning and integrative learning) and (more recently) the Sociology of Science (especially in terms of the dynamics of disciplinary formation) and Critical Cultural Heritage studies (especially in terms of its intersections with Digital Humanities).

Teaching Summary

INSTG008 Digital Resources in the Humanities (Core for Digital Humanities; Option for Library and Information Studies, Information Science, Archives and Records management).

INST6003 Advanced Topics on the Digital Humanities (Option for Digital Humanities, Library and Information Studies, Information Science, Archives and Records management).

INST6002 Web Technologies, Users and management (Core for first year undergraduate Information Management for Business (IMB) BSc)

INSTG042 Individual Approved Study for Digital Humanities students (where the proposed research topic is a fit with my interests and expertise)

A blog post that discusses the use of make of object-based teaching is here

I am also the Work placement coordinator for the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities. The object of the practical placement is to introduce and expose students to working practices and situations in digital humanities projects and contexts. More information is available here.
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