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Dr Julianne Nyhan
Foster Court
  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Information Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
I am Associate Professor of Digital Information Studies in the Department of Information Studies. I am also Programme Director of the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities; Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and on the Leadership board of the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage. I am currently Principal Investigator, ESRC-funded Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx) (2017-2019); co-Investigator, Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (CHEurope), H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Innovative Training Networks (2016-2020); co-Investigator, Leverhulme Trust-funded Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane's catalogues of his collections (2016-19) and Expert Advisor, NEH-funded Reconstructing the first Humanities Computing Centre (2017-19).

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Research Summary

I have published widely on Digital Humanities, and in particular on the history of Digital Humanities. Recent publications include: (with Andrew Flinn) Computation and the Humanities: towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities (Springer 2016) and the co-edited Digital Humanities in Practice (Facet 2012), Digital Humanities: a Reader (Ashgate 2013) and Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on Medieval Ireland (Four Courts 2015). I am now at work on two books that will be published in 2019: a book of translations of articles written by Roberto Busa and a book on the hidden, feminized labour that underpinned the Index Thomisticus project of Roberto Busa.

Research Interests

  • The history of Digital Humanities especially in terms of researching non-cannonical histories and the role that participatory approaches can play in this. My particular interest is on uncovering 'hidden', overlooked or devalued contributions to the field's emergence and development
  • Oral history as theory and practice and also including the dissemination and analysis of oral history sources using digital methods
  • Critical Heritage Studies especially its intersections with Digital Cultural Heritage
  • The history of Computing especially in the Humanities
  • Digital Humanities including, but not limited to, the semantic markup, modeling and analysis of historical sources and lexicographical / linguistic material
  • Bibliometrics, Scientometrics along with more qualitative approaches to peer review and evaluation
  • The history of information and classification architectures, especially those used in dictionaries and object catalogues


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)

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