Events & News

Events & News



TLS, 12 February: A new Milton manuscript? Joad Raymond identifies the earliest translation of Milton’s Defensio (1651), and identifies the translator as Thomas Margetts, a colleague of Milton’s during the 1650s. A transcript of the manuscript can be found here.



Workshop: Digital Tools for Researchers in the Humanities 

Wednesday 25 March, 1.30-4.30pm (Queen’s Building W.206)

This 3-hour workshop is dedicated to digital research methods for faculty and graduate students in HSS. It will introduce you to basic software that will allow you to collect, analyse, and visualise your research materials. Led by Julianne Nyhan (, the session will comprise a 45 minute introductory lecture on the digital humanities, and a 2-hour practical lab. Please register here:

You are requested to bring your own laptops and to install two pieces of software on them in advance: Zotero ( and Paper Machines ( Zotero is a tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Paper Machines is an open-source extension for the Zotero bibliographic management software that allows researchers to generate analyses and visualizations of user-provided corpora, without requiring extensive computational resources or technical knowledge.

Other resources and methods that will be touched upon are Tapor ( TEI by Example .


1.30-2.15pm Lecture

2.15-2.30 Coffee

2.30-4.30 Lab

You can arrive from 1pm for help if you are having problems installing Zotero or Paper Machines. We will also have a couple of spare laptops with the programmes installed in case of emergencies.

This event is free to attend and has been organised and funded by QMUL Digital Initiatives Network ( and the Centre for Early Modern Mapping News and Networks ( Please email Ruth Ahnert if you have any queries ( Directors’ Seminar

Weekly, Wednesdays 12:15-13:45 in ArtsOne 3.17

Bridges and Boundaries: Theories, Concepts and Sources in Communication History An International Conference in Venice, Italy – September 16-18, 2015

Organizer: Communication History Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA – History Section)
Co-Sponsor: Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News and Networks ( – Queen Mary University of London

For the conference webpage and CFP, see here.

Previous Events

Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100–1600, 8-9 September 2014, Queen Mary University of London.

The study of the history of cartography in Europe and the Islamic world has proceeded to date on parallel lines. Yet while scholars have tended to specialise in one or the other tradition, relations of exchange and influence between Islamic and European cartography have consistently been asserted. At the same time, institutional and linguistic barriers to comparative study have impeded systematic examination of the connections between Islamic and western mapmaking.

The Leverhulme Network ‘Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World’ aims to promote comparative, cross-disciplinary scholarship on Islamic and European cartography by bringing together experts in these two fields for a two-day symposium. Participants are invited to explore moments of contact between traditions (e.g. twelfth-century Spain; the court of Roger II of Sicily; fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian cartography; Piri Reis and post-Columban cartography of the early sixteenth century) as well as differences and divergences. Reflections on the methodology of the comparative study of maps are also welcome.

For further information, see the project website.


Christopher Warren (Carnegie Mellon University), Bacon and Edges: Reassembling the Early Modern Social Network – 6 December, 5.15pm, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage, QMUL

Scholars in the humanities have long been engaged with reconstructing and representing social networks of various kinds. Coteries, conventicles, “tribes,” and trade associations – each has been the subject of intense research and publication. As historian Anthony Grafton notes, “the interpretation of texts now goes hand in hand with the reconstruction of intellectual and publishing communities.” Yet this talk will argue that the traditional medium of scholarly exchange, prose, is a limited tool for the purpose of representing complex networks of association.  Although we already have vast knowledge of networks, that knowledge is not encoded, visible, or available in the most useful way.  The presentation will introduce a collaborative project called Six Degrees of Francis Bacon that learns from centuries of “inky” data and meta-data, remediating text to make the early modern social network more accessible, extensible, collaborative, and interoperable.

News Networks Project organised five international workshops and a 3-day conference held at Queen Mary: