New Digital Humanities Head

Professor Andrew Prescott

Professor Andrew Prescott

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 at King’s). 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.

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