Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is one of the key research themes in the N8 CIR where growing interest in the use of computationally intensive research methods is expanding the possibilities for research.


CIR is now employed in many disciplines across the humanities, including anthropology, archaeology, classics, history, linguistics and languages, law, politics, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and the visual arts. Specific topics include:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Digital footprint analytics
  • Digital creative
  • Cultural heritage preservation/dissemination

Useful links
  • The Programming Historian Publishing novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching.

Academic Theme Leads

The Theme Leads for each institution are:

  • Durham - Prof Alexandra Cristea , Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Lancaster - Prof Ian Gregory, Professor of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Leeds- Dr Mel Evans, Lecturer in English Language, School of English
  • Liverpool - Prof Mark Towsey, Professor of the History of the Book, Department of History
  • Manchester - Dr Luca Scholz, Lecturer in Digital Humanities and History, Art History and Cultural Practices
  • Newcastle - Dr James Cummings, Reader in Digital Textual Studies and Late-Medieval Literature
  • Sheffield - Michael Pidd, Director, The Digital Humanities Institute
  • York- Dr Mike Stuart, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy

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