‘Networking Archives’ is a three-year, AHRC funded research project which will merge the early modern correspondence data collected in ‘Early Modern Letters Online’ with metadata from the ‘Gale State Papers Online’ to create thereby the UK’s largest meta-archive of curated early modern correspondence metadata.

The resulting dataset and accompanying infrastructure will allow researchers to interrogate and analyse epistolary metadata on an unprecedented scale and to pose new kinds of questions on the history of ‘intelligencing’ from the 16th to 18th centuries.

The project also incorporates two training schools and a colloquium that will guide a cohort of colleagues in early career through the process of data-cleaning, data-formatting, network analysis, and critical methods for incorporating their findings into historical scholarship.

Project Team

Professor Howard Hotson, Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History
St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford

Dr Ruth Ahnert, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Sebastian Ahnert, Gatsby Career Development Fellow, Sainsbury Laboratory/Cavendish Laboratory, Fellow and Director of Studies
King’s College, University of Cambridge

Miranda Lewis, Editor, Early Modern Letters Online
Cultures of Knowledge, History Faculty, University of Oxford

Dr Esther van Raamsdonk, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Queen Mary University of London

To Be Hired

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Queen Mary University London (job posting). Deadline: 23 September 2019.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford (job posting). Deadline: 14 October 2019.

Past Members

Matthew Wilcoxson, Research Software Engineer
Oxford eResearch Centre, University of Oxford

Arno Bosse, Digital Project Manager
Cultures of Knowledge, History Faculty, University of Oxford