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Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH)

Digital humanities research at The University of Manchester focuses on the ways in which computational tools and methodologies can be applied to humanities research in the widest sense, working across the range of arts and humanities disciplines and the social and economic sciences.

We seek to exploit the potential of new data and digital technologies at scale with particular institutional specialisms in digital cultural heritage, data science, and language analysis, and in strategic partnership with the creative industries, government and policymakers, and major cultural institutions.

We're investing in the next generation of researchers through our training programme for academics and PGR students, and our new Digital Humanities undergraduate Minor will start in 2018/19.

Research areas

  • Digital cultural heritage (digital imaging of historic artefacts; digital editions; TEI-XML encoding; historic network analysis, museology).
  • Linguistic and literary analysis (historical and computational linguistics; stylistics; network analysis).
  • Digital modelling.
  • Spatial humanities and GIS.
  • Contemporary digital cultures.
  • Multimodal translation studies.
  • Digital musicology.
  • Creative digital and cultural partnerships.  

Academic director

Dr Guyda Armstrong

Guyda Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies, and has written widely about textual cultures and the history of media from manuscript to digital forms.

She is currently co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis 1350-1650, which will create fully digitised editions of some 90 early printed editions of Petrarch held in the John Rylands Library.


Dr Andrea Nini (Acting Joint Faculty Lead for DH, 2018-19)

Andrea Nini is Lecturer in English Language at the University, with a particular research interest in forensic linguistics and authorship attribution.

Dr Luca Scholz

Luca Scholz is Lecturer in Digital Humanities, working on the history of eary modern Europe, combining social, legal and intellectual history with spatial and digital methods.

Dr Joanna Taylor

Jo Taylor is Presidential Fellow in Data Sciences and Digital Humanities, and works primarily in the area of spatial humanities.