Travels with Maps: a Journey through Spatial History Methods and Questions

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Venue: Room W2.19, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

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Digital Humanities Seminar

Speaker: Dr Katherine (Katie) McDonough, Senior Research Associate, The Alan Turing Institute.

Katie is a historian of eighteenth-century France working at the intersection of political culture and the history of science and technology. She completed her PhD in History at Stanford in 2013. She has taught at Bates College and was a postdoctoral researcher in digital humanities at Western Sydney University (Australia). Before joining the Turing Institute, Katie was the Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of History/Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research at Stanford University. Her first book manuscript, 'Public Works Laboratory: Building a Province in Eighteenth-Century France' is a spatial history of the corvée, the forced labor regime used from the 1730s until the Revolution on highway construction sites. At the Turing, Katie works on the Living with Machines project. Her research will focus on 1) developing methods for geographic information retrieval from text and visual sources such as census records and Ordnance Survey maps and 2) examining how the expansion of transportation infrastructure changed 19th century communities.