All posts tagged: history

Kepler’s Trial: out of many disciplines, one opera

Kepler’s Trial, an opera based on The Astronomer and the Witch by Professor Ulinka Rublack, tells the extraordinary story of Katharina Kepler (1546–1622), whose celebrated astronomer son, Johannes, defended her against accusations of witchcraft. It is the culmination of a highly unusual creative process, in which a team of leading scholars met regularly to explore […]

Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites

 Dr Valeria Vitale and Dr Gabriel Bodard explains the research behind the Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites project, which aimed to extend our knowledge of the cultural complexity of many classical sites and widen the idea of the ‘ancient world’ beyond Greek and Roman cultures and languages. Part of a larger initiative to research and […]

David Dabydeen: a series like ‘Roots’ would help the British public understand indentureship

Begun in 1834 and abolished in 1917, the system of indenture created Indian diasporic communities in three continents. Professor David Dabydeen, a pioneer of Indian-Caribbean studies as a discipline in the UK and a leading poet of the Indian-Caribbean experience, is co-convenor of the forthcoming Indenture Abolition Centenary conference. Below, he explains why it is […]

Born-digital big data and approaches for arts and humanities research

What kinds of questions will big data allow us to ask and answer? How can we ensure this material is collected and preserved in such a way that it meets the requirement of humanities researchers? These are two of the questions addressed by a 12-month ‘Born-digital big data’ international research project led by Jane Winters, […]

The tolls of archival research and how it has made me a better historian

Dr Joseph Harley, EHS Postan Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, bemoans the fact that although the poor made up well over half of the British population during the early modern period, archives contain very little information on them. For a historian interested in researching poverty this means hours of travel, considerable cost and […]