Inaugural Lecture - Professor Melissa Terras (UCL Information Studies - DIS)
Tuesday 27 May 2014 - 6.30pm
Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Professor Melissa Terras (UCL Information Studies - DIS)
Professor Terras is Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL's Department of Information Studies. With a background in Classical Art History, English Literature, Computing Science (MA, MSc, University of Glasgow), and Engineering (DPhil, University of Oxford) her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts and humanities that would otherwise be impossible. You can generally find her on Twitter @melissaterras.
A Decade in Digital Humanities
In 2004, Blackwell published their Companion to Digital Humanities, lending a new name to the use of computing in the arts, humanities and heritage sectors: the term 'Digital Humanities' has been much used, and much criticized, since.
In this lecture, Professor Terras looks back at the decade she has spent at UCL working in the area of applying computing to different areas of humanistic research, ranging from Jeremy Bentham’s manuscripts, to Roman documents from Hadrian’s Wall, to 3D scanning of museum collections, to an app for text analysis. A decade on from the coining of the term 'Digital Humanities', what do we now understand about the potential and issues for the application of computing in the arts and humanities?