UWS appoints Australia’s first Professor in Digital Humanities

Digital technology is changing humanities research

The University of Western Sydney has appointed Australia's first Professor in Digital Humanities. Professor Paul Arthur takes up the new position in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

Professor Arthur will lead the Digital Humanities Research Group at the UWS Parramatta campus, a new group concerned with the intersection of computing and the humanities.

"Professor Paul Arthur has been at the forefront on developing digital humanities in Australia, and UWS is very pleased that we have been able to appoint him to the inaugural chair in this field nationally," says Professor Peter Hutchings, Dean of the UWS School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

"Humanities researchers are taking increasing advantage of digital resources, tools and methods to explore new and different kinds of research questions by drawing on the increasing large data sets that are part of contemporary life.

"The digital realm is also becoming a place for the preservation of fragile cultural heritage, and Professor Arthur and the Digital Humanities Research group will be at the forefront of this exciting new time for humanities researchers."

Professor Arthur is inaugural President of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, and a member of the steering committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations and executive council of centerNet, the international network of digital humanities centres.

He also serves on the executive committee of the International Auto/Biography Association, the advisory board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, and the project board of the Australian Government NeCTAR Super Science initiative.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Professor Arthur has over fifty publications in fields of history, literature, communication and cultural studies.

Professor Arthur is currently the Deputy Director of the Australian National University's Centre for European Studies, a joint-funded special initiative of the European Commission and the ANU.

Since 2010 Professor Arthur has been Deputy Director of the National Centre of Biography, ANU, and Deputy General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

He has held fellowships in Australia, Europe and North America.

Professor Arthur is founding editor of the Anthem book series Scholarship in the Digital Age (Anthem Press, London and New York) and an editorial board member of LLC: The International Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press).


21 May 2013

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