[Humanist] 24.829 new head of department at King's

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Wed Mar 30 07:22:06 CEST 2011


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 829.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:03:27 +0100
        From: "Spence, Paul" <paul.spence at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: New Head of Department for Digital Humanities at King's College London

NEW HEAD FOR WORLD'S OLDEST DEPARTMENT OF DIGITAL HUMANITIES AT KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

A new Head has been announced for the world's largest department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. Professor Andrew Prescott, who will take up the appointment to the Chair of Digital Humanities in summer of 2011, is a former curator of manuscripts at the British Library. Andrew served as British Library contact for a number of pioneering digitisation projects, including the 'Electronic Beowulf'. He has also worked in the Humanities Research Institute at Sheffield University and is currently Director of Research at Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow.

King's world-renowned 'Centre for Computing in the Humanities' has recently changed its name to the 'Department of Digital Humanities' (DDH). Digital Humanities has long been recognised by the College as an academic discipline in its own right, the first institution in the world to do so, and the new name reflects both this and King's continued support for its teaching and research activities.

DDH is an international leader in the application of technology in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences. The primary objective of DDH is to study the possibilities of computing for arts and humanities scholarship and, in collaboration with local, national and international research partners across the disciplines, to design and build applications which realise these possibilities, in particular those which produce online research publications.

Andrew Prescott commented: 'I am very excited to be joining a department of the outstanding international stature of DDH. I congratulate King's College London on its vision and ambition in investing in the development of the digital humanities at this vital time in its development. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at King's'.

The Department runs an ambitious and varied teaching programme, including MA programmes in Digital Humanities, Digital Culture and Society, and Digital Asset Management (in collaboration with the Centre for e-Research). The Department also hosts the long-standing PhD programme in the Digital Humanities, the first established in the world, which has recently been expanded to include collaborative supervisory arrangement with a dozen Departments and Centres within the School of Arts and Humanities. 

Notes for editors

1. The Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) is an academic department in the School of Arts and Humanities at King's College London. Formerly called the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, DDH is an international leader in the application of technology in the arts and humanities. The primary objective of DDH is to study the possibilities of computing for arts and humanities scholarship and, in collaboration with local, national and international research partners across its disciplines, to seek to realise those possibilities.

2. DDH is typically involved in in more than 30 major research projects at any one time, with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, Joint Information Systems Committee, the British Academy, the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and other major funders. DDH has generated more than £17 million in grants over the past seven years.

3. Further information about DDH is available on its website: www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh

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Paul Spence
Acting Head of Department
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5RL

paul.spence at kcl.ac.uk
www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh





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