10 — 11



Python for the Humanities

Python programming is a fantastically useful tool for researchers to expand their horizons.

Online Event
10 May 2021 2 p.m. — 4 p.m.
11 May 2021 2 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Learning basic python programming skills can open new and interesting avenues for your research, allowing you to interrogate sources at scale or zoom into finer details than are visible to the human eye!

This two-part course will see participants learn the basics of the Python language before using these skills on Humanities projects rather than more generic programming examples.

Session 1

This session will begin by offering a basic overview of Python 3x, the language's core commands and its structures. From here participants will learn how to acquire and manipulate digital texts to prepare them for analysis.

Session 2

With a clear understanding of the language and how to prepare texts, this second session will see participants putting their new skills to work through basic image analysis before creating visualisations based on the texts that were introduced in the first session.

When booking onto this course, you will be automatically registered on both sessions. If you are unable to attend both sessions please do not apply.


As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a brief explanation of how attending this workshop will benefit your research. You may find it useful to write this piece before attempting to register for the event.

After the application deadline has passed, submissions will be considered, and successful applicants will be offered a place by e-mail. This process will help to ensure that each of the N8 universities are represented at, and benefit from the course.

This event is only open to those working or studying at one of the N8 Research Partnership universities. Please register using your academic ( e-mail address to help verify your eligibility for this course.

About the Instructor

Dr Melodee Beals is a Lecturer in Digital History in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University, UK. Her research explores the ways in which the movement of peoples and ideas intersect and the practical traces of imagined communities within the Anglophone World.

As an advocate of the Digital Humanities and Open Research, she works to develop and promote computer-aided methodologies through her roles as history editor for the Open Library of Humanities and Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute.

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