Research Area

Digital Humanities

Exploring humanities from a digital perspective

A community shared by the curious and the creative, the Digital Humanities explore beyond what it means to be human.

With reference to the influence of new technologies on ways of being human, or via the methods that new technologies offer, our academics are exploring beyond what it means to be human, and beyond the things that help us to understand the world we live in.

Our work in the Digital Humanities at Essex coheres around three broad and interrelated themes: democracy and power; space and place; and new forms of knowledge, understanding and communication.

The Digital Humanities at Essex are underpinned by the same commitment to open-mindedness, radical critique and social justice that characterises all scholarship in the Humanities at this University.

About the Digital Humanities

Democracy and power

Scholars concerned with democracy and power explore the relationship between posthumanism and autonomy; the effects of technologies on social disparities; and what new technologies might mean for concepts of rights and justice traditionally centred around the individual.

Space and place

Those interested in space and place consider how digital technology shapes spectatorship, especially engagement with objects; the possibilities technology offers for reparation and healing in the face of disasters and trauma; how technology reshapes our sense of ‘locatedness’ in the present and past; and what authenticity means in a world where technology is reshaping ideas of place and the meaning of memory.

Knowledge, understanding and communication

Those exploring new forms of knowledge, understanding and communication consider how databases uncover and create connections between people and places to create radical new possibilities for individuals to understand their place in the world; how digital ways of working can foster collective working methods that challenge conventional notions of authorship and ownership; and how technology offers new possibilities for representation beyond linear narratives, thus reflecting the entanglement of lives and histories in today’s world.

Our members

Academic staff members working in the Digital Humanities come from a range of disciplines.

Academic staff

Dr Alexandros Antoniou

Lecturer

School of Law, University of Essex

Media and communications law; legal control of cyber-obscenity; sexually expressive content online

Dr Lisa Blackmore

Lecturer

School of Philosophy and Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, University of Essex

Cultural memory; forgotten places; post dictatorship; political history; research-led film; e-learning; digital visual media.

Professor Katharine Cockin

Professor

Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex

Qomen’s suffrage, literature and history; archival studies; ‘Searching for Theatrical Ancestors’.

Dr Justin Colson

Lecturer

Department of History, University of Essex

Histories of working people in England; digital history techniques, including GIS, digital spatial analysis, digital prosopography, and Social Network Analysis .

Dr Andrea Fejos

Lecturer

School of Law, University of Essex

Fintech; financial services, new technologies, financial innovation, consumer protection.

Dr Emily Jones

Lecturer

School of Law, University of Essex

Military technologies; autonomous weapons; human enhancement technologies; machine intelligence; automation and work.

Dr Liam Jarvis

Senior Lecturer

Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex

Embodiment and technology in performance; empathy activism in postdigital culture; participatory and interactive performance-making; intermediality; arts-science interdisciplinarity in performance.

Professor Noam Lubell

Professor

School of Law, University of Essex

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Armed Conflict; Cyber-War; Legal Implications of Human Enhancement Technologies.

Dr Daragh Murray

Senior lecturer

School of Law, University of Essex

Big data, surveillance, algorithmic accountability and human rights and democratic implications.

Dr Lisa Smith

Lecturer

Department of History, University of Essex

Gender, health, the household, and the body; PI, Sloane Letters Project; Co-I, Early Modern Recipes Online Project; Founding Co-Editor, The Recipes Project.

Dr Michael Tymkiw

Senior Lecturer

School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Digital technologies and their transformation of spectatorship in exhibitions, archaeological sites, and monuments.

Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Research Fellow

School of Philosophy and Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, University of Essex

New technologies and their impact on heritage-making processes.

Professor Christopher Willett

Professor

School of Law, University of Essex

Digital content law

Professor Rosie Klich

Professor

East 15, University of Essex

Multimedia theatre, intermedial performance practices, and interactive art.

Dr Matt Lodder

Senior Lecturer

School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Professor Karin Littau

Professor

Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex

Dr Mary Mazzilli

Lecturer

Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex