Despite the variety of subjects which make up the Humanities, at its core, it seeks to understand how humans, past and present, have expressed themselves – through art and image, material culture, architecture and landscape. But this evidence is often difficult, patchy, and ambiguous in nature, and despite extensive digital repositories of this information being created, many remain under-used or fragmented. This can be due to the numerous challenges in identifying, collating, analysing and visualising the data, especially when Humanities scholars often have little computer training.
Digital Humanities is a burgeoning area of cross-disciplinary research which teams Humanities with Computer Science, to create digital responses to these research challenges. This joint talk by Dr Ruth Nugent (History & Archaeology) and Dr Helen Southall (Computer Science) outlines current needs and agendas in the Faculty of Humanities, specifically the Department of History and Archaeology, as well as current and potential collaborations between our faculties for teaching, research and funding.
Dr Helen Southall
Helen Southall graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics and Music from the University of Keele, later followed by an M.Sc in Computation from the University of Manchester. She worked in the energy and insurance industries for 10 years before joining the University of Chester Computer Science department in 1998. Helen gained her Ph.D for research on the live music industry in the Chester area. She is a founding member of the new Centre for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Chester.
Dr Ruth Nugent
Ruth Nugent is an archaeologist in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester, specialising in the various mortuary cultures of England since the 5th century AD through to the modern day (the basis of her Leverhulme-funded doctoral thesis). She is passionate about collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and digital humanities in research, as well as new and engaging teaching methods in archaeology and related fields. She is a founding member of the Digital Humanities Research Centre.