Apply for our Digital Humanities training, research, and publication opportunities

‘Networking Archives’ ( is a three-year collaborative research project that will merge the early modern correspondence data collected in ‘Early Modern Letters Online’ with metadata from ‘Gale State Papers Online’. The resulting dataset and accompanying infrastructure will allow researchers to interrogate and analyse epistolary metadata to pose new kinds of questions on the history of ‘intelligencing’ from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

A central goal of the project is to build a wider community of researchers and collaborators. To this end we have designed an opportunity for colleagues (of all career stages) with cognate interests to join us for a series of two funded training schools and a colloquium, which will provide:

  • training in best practices for data collection, preparation, and curation;
  • hands-on sessions to learn how to undertake network analysis and to gain basic skills in coding;
  • close collaboration with colleagues with similar research interests;
  • the opportunity to use newly acquired data-analysis skills to develop a paper for presentation in the colloquium;
  • feedback on this paper to develop it into a book-length chapter, which will be published in an edited collection of essays;
  • mentoring for existing projects, or in the development of new projects, using early modern letter data;
  • the potential to develop spin-off projects and funding applications arising from this work.

We are now accepting applications for the two training schools and the colloquium. One condition all applicants must fulfil is an advance commitment to attend all three events. These have been scheduled as:

Data curation (8–10 July 2019; King’s College, Cambridge)
Network analysis (6–8 January 2020; St Anne’s College, Oxford)
Colloquium (14–15 September 2020; St Anne’s College, Oxford)

Applications should consist of a CV (up to three sides of A4), and a one-page covering statement of suitability. Costs covered include all training, accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner. In addition, applicants may apply for a contribution towards travel expenses if their institution is unable to provide support. These bursaries will be discretionary and, depending on the number of applicants calling on them, may vary in size.

Selection will favour candidates who clearly demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • existing work on early modern epistolary culture;
  • a focus on the UK State Papers archive, or on the Republic of Letters;
  • an existing archive or dataset they particularly want to work on from the perspective of network analysis;
  • some background in a complementary area of digital humanities.

Deadline: 1 April 2019. Decisions will be announced on or before 30 April.

To apply, please send your CV and statement (PDF or Word) to Esther van Raamsdonk <[email protected]>. Further questions about the training schools and colloquium, and the application process may be directed at Arno Bosse <[email protected]>.

First lab meeting

The project team gathered together at the Turing Institute in London for our first network analysis ‘lab’ meeting.

Our first lab meeting
Clockwise from the left: Arno Bosse, Miranda Lewis, Howard Hotson, Mat Wilcoxson, Esther van Raamsdonk, and Sebastian Ahnert. Photo by Ruth Ahnert.
Lab 1 whiteboard
Photo by Ruth Ahnert.