The Quill Project

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Wednesday 29 January 2020
WB5, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

The Quill Project studies the history of negotiated texts.  An interdisciplinary research project based at Pembroke College, Oxford, it uses the surviving records of formal negotiations to reconstruct the information available to legislators during extended formal negotiations, and the evolving contexts within which proposals are made and decisions taken.  This talk will present the flagship work of the project (on the records of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia), giving an overview of the various approaches taken to the manuscript records, the storage and reconstruction of text, visualization and tools for analysis.  It will outline the range of archival material to which this approach can be applied, and discuss our work collaborating with undergraduate researchers at open-enrolment institutions in the United States.  More generally, this talk will discuss the need to develop tools to support close reading and qualitative analysis in the humanities, alongside the developments that have emphasized distant reading and quantitative approaches.

Speaker: Dr Nicholas Cole (University of Oxford), Chair: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester).

This talk is hosted by the University's Modern History Research Centre.

No booking required. For further information, please contact the MHRC leading convenor, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers

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