Digital Humanities Workshop: GIS and English Studies

Chair: Christopher Donaldson, Lancaster University


Ian Gregory, Lancaster University – GIS in/and Humanities Research
Clare Egan, Lancaster University – Mapping Early Modern Performance Records using GIS
Joanna Taylor, Lancaster University – GIS and Close Reading
Patricia Murrieta-Flores, University of Chester – What Can GIS and Other Technologies Tell Us about Place and Space in Medieval Romance?

This workshop is sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust’s Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities project (at Lancaster University) and the Digital Humanities Research Centre (at the University of Chester). The workshop aims to provide a basic introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and its integration in English studies research.

The use of GIS across the humanities has increased over the past decade. Still, the application of GIS in the disciplines of English studies has been limited by the specialised nature of most forms of GIS software, and the consequent lack of understanding among scholars of both how GIS technology works and how it can be adapted to meet the needs of English studies research. The key aims of this workshop are, accordingly:

  • To provide a basic overview of GIS software and data;
  • To demonstrate what the use of GIS can bring to English studies;
  • To showcase the key affordances of GIS technology, particularly its capacity to integrate, analyse and visualise data from many different types of sources;

To demonstrate the limitations of GIS, and thus to encourage a more informed and nuanced understanding of the technology.

Wednesday 5th July, 12.30