The conference days will be framed by three keynotes by speakers from various fields, exemplifying the diversity and interdisciplinarity of network research in History and the Humanities.

Ruth Ahnert

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Ruth Ahnert grew up in Great Yarmouth, and studied for her BA, Masters, and PhD at the University of Cambridge. After holding a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Society for Renaissance Studies, she came to Queen Mary University of London as a Professor of Literary History & Digital Humanities in 2010. 

By background Ruth Ahnert is an early modernist, with a particular interest in book history and epistolary culture. Publications in this area include her first book, The Rise of Prison Literature in the Sixteenth Century (2013), and edited collection Re-forming the Psalms in Tudor England (2015). Since 2012 her work has increasingly engaged in computational methods through various collaborations. Previous work on the application of qualitative network analysis to the study of early modern letters, undertaken in collaboration with Sebastian Ahnert, has been funded by Stanford Humanities Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the AHRC, and the QMUL Innovation Grant. Ruth Ahnert is currently Principal Investigator on the large interdisciplinary project Living with Machines based at the British Library and Alan Turing Institute, and Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project ’Networking the Archives: Assembling and analysing a meta-archive of correspondence, 1509-1714’. With Elaine Treharne she is also series editor of the Stanford University Press’s Text Technologies series, which publishes books positioned at the intersection between book history and digital humanities.

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Marieke van Erp

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Marieke is a researcher and team leader of the Digital Humanities Lab at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Humanities Cluster in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in computational linguistics from Tilburg University (2010) where she applied digital humanities methods on historic textual sources from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Her research is focused on applying natural language processing in semantic web applications with a particular interest in digital humanities. She previously worked on the European NewsReader project, which was aimed at building structured indexes of events from large volumes of financial news and the CLARIAH project, a large Dutch project to develop infrastructure for humanities research. She has been involved in the organisation of numerous workshops and conferences in natural language processing, semantic web, digital humanities and cultural heritage.

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Petter Holme

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Petter Holme is a specially appointed professor of the Institute of Innovative Research at Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research interest is to bridge data science and theory in social sciences and public health. He often starts his research in collaboration with social and medical researchers on large data sets, then he delves into theoretical issues influenced by the data science projects. Recently his interests have focused on temporal networks—networks where the timing of contacts are known, in addition to who interacts with whom. Asking questions such as, how do structures in the time when people meet affect the spreading of infectious diseases? Before joining Tokyo Tech, Holme has been a Professor at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea and junior faculty members of Royal Institute of Technology and Umeå University, Sweden. Holme has around 150 scientific publications.

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