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Welcome to our May newsletter

New research project to examine rare early modern books

Early modern literature scholar and member of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities, Professor Ros Smith will lead a team of researchers on a project that will examine the previously untapped resource of the Emmerson Collection.

The Emmerson collection is a recently acquired collection of 5,000 early modern rare books that have never been studied nor made available to the public and is housed at the State Library Victoria.

Professor Smith said she and her and her team of early modern scholars, specialist librarians and digital designers are aiming to discover what the collection contains, to establish its significance nationally and internationally, and to develop new digital pathways for its use by a range of end-users, from the general public to early modern scholars.


Centre for 21st Century Humanities leads development of ground breaking software platform

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is leading the development of a powerful software platform called the ‘Time-Layered Cultural Map of Australia’ (TLCMap).

TLCMap will allow humanities researchers to build digital maps with pathways and search the data held in different Australian repositories by location and time and compile new data sets.

Member of C21CH and Chief Investigator for the TLCMap project, Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig, said the TLCMap will have many applications across various disciplines and will allow new discoveries in Australian history and culture to be made.

“The map will mean we can create new and revealing visualisations of humanities research. TLCMap will provide ready access and new interpretive tools for humanities researchers to take advantage of resources already created, and in turn to enrich those sources with tagging and cross-referencing.”


Antipodean Antiquities: Classical reception down under

Professor of Classics, Marguerite Johnson has published a new book titled Antipoden Antiquities: Classical reception down under.

Published by Bloomsbury the volume is an edited collection that explores the under-represented area of the Australasian Classical Tradition. It interrogates the interactions between Mediterranean Antiquity and the antipodean worlds of New Zealand and Australia through the lenses of literature, film, theatre and fine art.


Seminar: Shakespeare and Statistics

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities invites you to attend this seminar where Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig will speak about 'Shakespeare and statistics' on Wednesday 8th May 2pm - 4pm at the Treehouse, Callaghan.

Shakespeare and statistics is not an obvious combination, but his work is now subject to all sorts of quantitative analysis, given that digital texts of his plays and poems and of his contemporaries’ writing is now available, and that scholars are getting used to analysing these with computers. This talk will reflect on what we have learned about Shakespeare from these studies.


Humanities in the region symposium

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities and the School of Humanities and Social Science will host the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres’ Humanities in the Regions symposium on 30 – 31 May at New Space.

Held each year in a regional centre, the gathering provides an opportunity to share knowledge around conceiving and conducting humanities research in non-metropolitan locations.

Symposium co-organiser and Centre for 21st Century Humanities member Dr Julie McIntyre said this year's theme is Renewal. This reflects the change brought to inner Newcastle by New Space. Symposium presenters and delegates will discuss and debate contemporary developments in fields of regional humanities research including how to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

“This event is built around the experiences of regional academics in securing research grant income and partnerships. We will examine how to build research strength through connecting with other scholars and partners in the cultural sector and other industries,” Dr McIntyre said.