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Text in a Digital Age Projects

Our Turing Fellows lead a wide range of projects.

Funded projects

Manuscripts after Print c.1450-1550

This Text in a Digital Age project is an Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Leadership award to Aditi Nafde. The project explores the endurance and adaptability of handwriting in response to technological change. It asks how the invention of the printing press affected scribal practice in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and considers the continued significance of handwriting from the age of manuscripts to the age of digital books.

Mellon Project: LAB|Pro Partnership and NU-LAB subproject

James Cummings has been successful as a Co-Investigator in the LAB|Pro partnership, which has been awarded one of three $1 million USD grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the US National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The Text in a Digital Age project will to develop a publishing co-operative for digital editions that supports an expanding collection of peer-reviewed digital scholarly works.

This international project is led by Diane Jakacki at Bucknell University and also partners with Susan Brown of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.

The NU-LAB sub-project involves case studies that are testing and improving the software to cope with the kinds of scholarly digital editions we are making in Newcastle and feed into the containerisation and deployment of the software with the help of Newcastle University's Research Software Engineers.

Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship

Professor Bruce Smith (University of Southern California)

We are working with Professor Smith to:

  1. Explore how we can recover historical sound from silent archives
  2. Support collaboration with colleagues based at Bath Spa, Birmingham, Liverpool John Moores, Oxford, and York Universities
  3. Co-design training for a new generation of technology- and voice/performance-aware early period textual scholars
  4. Explore opportunities for digital experimentation to animate early books/texts.

Coding for humanists

We have set up a monthly study group for humanities’ researchers. The group is for researchers interested in learning the basics of computer coding. We work from a beginner-friendly perspective, and look at how to apply digital methodologies to their research.

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