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1st roundtable on practices and standards in forensic authorship analysis

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Room 4.10, Mansfield Cooper Building

We are pleased to announce the 1st Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis, which will be held at the University of Manchester on 15 May 2019. The event, supported by the International Association of Forensic Linguists and hosted by the Centre for Digital Humanities at The University of Manchester, is aimed at moving the field of forensic authorship analysis towards standardisation in the practice by improving the dialogue between scholars with different approaches. One of the most important goals of this event series is to create a forum for discussion and development of interdisciplinary collaborations that will lead to achieve solutions that are rigorous both methodologically and theoretically.

For this first roundtable, the event will be structured with two keynote speakers, Efstathios Stamatatos (University of the Aegean) and Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), combined with a series of talks by other experts researching methodological or theoretical issues in the field of authorship analysis.

The event will also be streamed online and recorded to reach audiences across the world who cannot physically attend.  Details on the way to access the web streaming will be made available closer to the date.


  • 9.15am-9.45am: Arrival and registration 
  • 10am-11am Efstathios Stamatatos (University of the Aegean) - 'Automated authorship attribution and digital text forensics' 
  • 11am-11.15am: Break 
  • 11.15am-11.45am: Tim Grant (Aston University) and Nicci MacLeod (Northumbria University) - 'Resources and constraints in linguistic identity performance: A theory of authorship' 
  • 11.45am-12.15pm: Alistair Baron (Lancaster University) - '2b or nt 2b??: Noise-aware authorship analysis' 
  • 12.15pm-1.15: Lunch 
  • 1.15pm-1.45pm: Krzysztof Kredens and Piotr PÄ™zik (Aston University) - 'Large-scale author classification: Looking into the black box' 
  • 1.45pm-2.15pm: Jack Grieve (University of Birmingham) - 'Register variation and authorship analysis' 
  • 2.15pm-2.45pm: Erica Gold (University of Huddersfield) - 'Likelihood ratios in forensic speech science: the current state of play' 
  • 2.45pm-3pm: Break 
  • 3pm-4pm: Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) - 'Statistical significance in literary authorship attribution' 
  • 4pm-5pm: Discussion 
  • 5pm-5.30pm: Wrap up

The event is free, but you still need to register if you wish to attend.

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DH work-in-progress afternoon

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Room A114, Samuel Alexander Building

DH@Manchester would like to invite you to an afternoon of interesting digital humanities talks! The Digital Humanities Work-in-Progress Afternoon is an informal event aimed at showcasing the work of some of our colleagues from several disciplines in the humanities. Whether you are working on similar digital humanities problems, you would like to know more about these projects, or simply you want to get some inspiration for your own work, come along to our work in progress meeting

to meet other researchers working in digital humanities. 

The afternoon will have a series of five 20 minute talks with 10 minute questions slots accompanied by coffee, tea and cake. 


2pm-2.30pm: Oscar Seip (History/JRRI) - 'Giulio Camillo’s theatre of knowledge: A case study for 3D modelling in the Humanities' 

2.30pm-3pm: Marije Van Hattum (Linguistics and English Language) - 'Mapping linguistic variation in horizontal and vertical space in nineteenth-century Dublin' 

3pm-3.30pm: Maria Paula Arias (Museum Studies): Analysing #nymphgate at the Manchester Art Gallery

3.30pm-4pm: Coffee break 

4pm-4.30pm: Henri Kauhanen (Linguistics and English Language): 'How to measure the speed of linguistic change?' 

4.30pm-5pm: Federica Coluzzi (English and American Studies) - 'Travelling Dante: Charting Philip Wicksteed extension courses with Storymap' 

Digital Humanities colloquium 2018

12 December 2018

Room 2.19, Samuel Alexander Building

This year’s event is entitled ‘Digital Approaches to Ancient and Modern Texts’. We hope that the event will attract an audience not only of classicists and ancient historians, but anticipate that by showcasing classicists' deployment of digital approaches we are also able to initiate conversations with those who take digitally-informed approaches to medieval and modern texts.

This event showcases a number of digital approaches to the interpretation, decipherment and analysis of ancient and modern texts, in particular those which are extant in material form. It will begin with a keynote from Charlotte Tupman, Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Exeter. We hope that the event will attract an audience of classicists and ancient historians, but we anticipate that by showcasing classicists' deployment of digital approaches we would also be able to initiate conversations with those who take digitally-informed approaches to medieval and modern texts.


  • Dr Charlotte Tupman (University of Exeter): Towards a world of historical linked open data: where can our texts take us?
  • Dr Lise Jaillant (University of Loughborough): Textual Futures, Archives and Small Poetry Publishers: the Carcanet Press
  • Prof. Klaas Bentein (University of Gent): Variation equals social meaning? Developing a digital approach towards communicative variation in Roman and Late Antique Egypt
  • Prof. Rodney Ast (University of Heidelberg): What the Digital’s Been Doing with the Humanities: The Case of Papyrology
  • Dr Henry Jones (University of Manchester): Using Digital Corpus Analysis Tools to Study Successive Retranslations of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War: Insights from the Genealogies of Knowledge project
  • Prof. Stephen Todd (University of Manchester): Classical Philology vis-à-vis Corpus Linguistics: Some methodological diffractions

Match, compare, classify and annotate: Computer vision for the digital humanities

Dr Giles Bergel, University of Oxford

Monday 4 June 2018

Room A1.12, Samuel Alexander Building

Computer vision has made rapid progress in recent years: computers can now reliably match the same image; find differences in similar images; and classify content within multiple images. Recently (and controversially) computers have also begun to be able to identify subjects, such as people and places. This hands-on session will show how to install and use state-of-the-art open source software from the University of Oxford’s Visual Geometry Group.

Attendees will leave the session with the knowledge of how to match, differentiate, classify and annotate content within many kinds of images. The event will also include a short presentation of Dr Guyda Armstrong's Envisioning Dante project, a partnership between the John Rylands Research Institute and the Oxford Seebibyte Research Group which is using these tools to classify and analyse the page design of early printed editions of Dante's Divine Comedy held in the Rylands Special Collections.

Requirements: a laptop or tablet is needed to access online demos. Attendees who would like to try the software on their own laptops will need to install Docker, ideally in advance of the session (see links to the various platforms under Docker Version. There is no need to install the tools themselves or the training data as this will be supplied on the day).

In addition, Giles will be available for short consultations with those wishing to discuss their research cases.

This workshop is offered in association with The John Rylands Research Institute.

The state of stylometry: Achievements and challenges in computational stylistics

Prof Dr Mike Kestemont, University of Antwerp

Thursday 26 January 2017

Room A4, Samuel Alexander Building

Stylometry or computational stylistics is a popular subfield of the Digital Humanities, an international community of scholars which explores how computational methods can enhance the existing practice in Humanities scholarship.

Computational authorship studies have probably been stylometry's most successful application recently, with high-visibility case studies, involving J. K. Rowling or Harper Lee, attracting much attention in the popular media.

In this paper, we will introduce and survey the state of the art in stylometry, with ample attention for some of the most difficult challenges which remain, such as cross-genre authorship attribution and authorship verification.

Throughout the talk, we will refer to representative work in recent stylometry, including a recent authentication study of the War Commentaries of Julius Caesar, which sheds a fascinating light on the oeuvre traditionally attributed to the Roman general.

Mike Kestemont is a research professor in Digital Text Analysis at the University of Antwerp. He specializes in computational text analysis for the humanities, in particular stylometry or computational stylistics. He has published on the topic of authorship attribution in various fields, such as classics or medieval European literature.

Mike actively engages in the debate surrounding the digital humanities and attempts to merge methods from artificial intelligence with traditional scholarship in the humanities. His website contains pointers to his recent scholarly activities, including an open access scientific documentary about stylometry and Hildegard of Bingen.