James Smithies

I am Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. I was previously founding director of King's Digital Lab and Deputy Director of King's eResearch. Before working at King's I worked at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Associate Director of the UC CEISMIC earthquake archive. I have a doctorate in History and have worked in the government and commercial IT sectors as a technical writer and editor, business analyst, and project manager. My monograph The Digital Humanities and the Digital Modern was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

In my digital practice I apply computational tools and methods to arts, humanities, and social science subjects. This involves the development of products (like websites, electronic books, or mobile applications), the analysis of data (like text, image, and social media archives) and the provision of services (like digital libraries and archives) that can be used to explore subjects as varied as history, literature, philosophy, art history, statistics, and computer science. This sort of work results in traditional scholarly articles and monographs as well as digital outputs. I am interested in any research that involves the innovative application of computational tools and methods to arts, humanities, and social science subjects, and often work in inter-disciplinary teams from across the campus. I have additional experience applying information management techniques to post-disaster contexts.

My writing, talks and projects are available on this site.