New SAS appointment heralds expanding digital humanities programme

Thursday 10 March 2016

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, has announced the appointment of Professor Jane Winters as its new chair in digital humanities. Currently professor of digital history and head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), her new role will begin on 1 May 2016.

The School has announced a number of recent appointments and initiatives, and Professor Winters, who was promoted to a personal chair in digital history in 2014, said she is ‘delighted to be taking up the chair in digital humanities at such an exciting time for digital research in the School of Advanced Study. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and build on existing strengths and to develop new projects and partnerships…The School's national remit, and its commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration, mean that it is ideally suited to innovate in the digital field, as well as to support and promote digital innovation across the communities it serves.'

For some 15 years Professor Winters has been responsible for the IHR's publishing and scholarly communications strategy, including leading on a range of research projects focusing on the provision of digital resources for historians. She has been exploring how to transform the way in which humanities researchers work with large datasets through groundbreaking projects like Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities, Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata and Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data. Most recently, she was awarded funding to develop a research network investigating Born-Digital Big Data and Methods for the Arts and Humanities. Professor Winters is currently leading on the development of an open-access monographs service within the School.

Welcoming the appointment, Professor Greg Woolf, pro-dean of SAS, said, ‘Professor Winters has played a major role in developing digital resources for historians and is at the forefront of national and international debates on the future of digital publication and the handling of “big data”. I look forward to working with her in her new role leading the School of Advanced Study’s expanding programmes in digital humanities.’

Professor Roger Kain, CBE, FBA, dean and chief executive of SAS, echoes these sentiments. ‘Digital humanities is a critical component of our research support, promotion and facilitation role. It is wonderful that Jane Winters will be leading on this for us.’

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1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8653. Images available on request.

2. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London  is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2014-15, SAS: welcomed 805 research fellows and associates; held 2,073 research dissemination events; received 23.1 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 213,456 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews.

3. The Institute of Historical Research was founded in 1921 and is one of nine institutes that comprise the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The Institute’s mission is to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public. It offers a wide range of services both onsite and remotely which promote and facilitate excellence in historical research, teaching and scholarship in the UK, by means of its library, events programmes, fellowships, training and publications. It is a leading centre for the creation of digital resources for historians, and promotes the study of London history through its Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History.

4. The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. Its members are 18 self-governing institutions of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities. Learn more about the University of London at http://www.london.ac.uk