October 12, 2018, by Erin Snyder
Introducing our new Director: Erin Snyder
Hello! I’m very happy to introduce myself to Digital Dialogues, and to give you a preview of what’s coming up this year for the centre.
As of April 2018, I’ve stepped in to the role of Director of the Digital Humanities Centre, taking up the work that Katharina Lorenz carried on so superbly during her tenure. My background is in both Arts and IT: I completed my PhD in 19th Century English Literature at the University of Sheffield; before that, I used to work as a software developer. Since studying for my PhD, my focus has been in support for Arts and Humanities research that makes use of IT, first at the University of Oxford, and for the last few years here at Nottingham. I’ve served as a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Technical Review College, and also previously managed UoN’s Digital Research team.
I’m very excited to be taking up the Directorship of the DHC—or as I should say, the DTH! It’s been a very busy summer for us: we’ve got a new name, and are officially relaunching as the Digital Transformations Hub. We’ll be throwing a launch party next week, to mark the occasion. The new name also marks our move to a Faculty-level facility. While we’ve always aimed to support students and colleagues across all three schools in Arts (CLAS, English, and Humanities), the move makes our remit official.
This year, there are a lot of very exciting things coming up. We’re continuing to run our Digital Tools for New Audiences project, teaching digital skills to SMEs in the East Midlands (if you’re interested, consider booking a ticket for our next workshop). We’ve got two new Research Associates, who will be introducing themselves here in due course. And we’ve just recruited our student volunteers to a number of phenomenally interesting projects, working with everything from digitisation of archives to digital marketing to virtual worlds.
Finally, as I take up this role, I’m looking to hear from colleagues in UoN Arts about the difference the Digital Hub can make to their research and teaching. I’d invite anyone with an interest to get in touch—let’s have a cup of coffee, and discuss where the DTH goes from here!
You’ll be hearing more from me about what we’re up to on a regular basis. I’m very much looking forward to this next year, and to developing the DTH to further support all our students and staff in the Faculty of Arts.