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Open research in the School of English

Open research

 We have an historic commitment to an open research agenda:

  • we have participated in externally-funded electronic editions and open-source digital platforms since 1998;
  • many of our current research and impact projects are underpinned by open digitial resources;
  • we practice and advocate for open access (OA) publishing and open data.

Open access (OA) publishing and open data

All our research staff and PGR students are supported to meet University and REF policies on open access (OA) and research data management (RDM), and are encouraged to go beyond the minimum OA policy requirements. Many of our journal articles and book chapters are published via Green or Gold OA routes. You can find out more about OA publishing on the UoN Libraries website.

Spotlight on...

Jackson monograph
Joseph Jackson, Writing Black Scotland
Edinburgh University Press, 2020

Dr Joe Jackson's (CRLC) recent monograph examines race and racism in devolutionary Scottish literature, with a focus on the critical significance of blackness. Critiquing a unifying Britishness at work in black British criticism, Jackson argues for the importance of black politics in Scottish writing, and for a literary registration of race and racism.

It is available to read free online here, as part of the School's commitment to developing its OA presence and making scholarly research freely available.

Open research projects

The Collected Letters of Robert Southey
Funded by the AHRC, British Academy, MHRA, Leverhulme.

Led by Professor Lynda Pratt (CRLC), The Collected Letters of Robert Southey is a free, open access and open data platform that makes available for the first time complete, annotated, fully-searchable texts of all of the surviving correspondence of poet Robert Southey. The platform is hosted by Romantic Circles, the leading international experts in digital Romanticism. Professor Pratt is currently editing Parts 7-12 of the Collection.

Find out more on the Romantic Circles website.

Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands virtual museum
AHRC-funded (£145.8k, 2017-18)

Led by Professor Judith Jesch (CSVA), this freely accessible virtual museum tells a regional story of Viking culture with artefacts and designs from the Viking Age in the East Midlands, and information about local place-names which were given at the time in the Scandinavian language of the Vikings.

Find out more about the project and browse Viking artefacts by visiting the virtual museum!

Theatre Royal
Our Theatre Royal Nottingham: Its Stories, People & Heritage digital archive
Heritage Lottery funding (£17k, 2017-19)

Professor Jo Robinson (CRLC) worked with the Theatre Royal Nottingham and 60 'citizen scholar' volunteers from the local community to co-create and co-curate this digital theatre archive, which tells the story of the Theatre Royal by bringing together for the first time images, stories and memories from the theatre's audiences, performers and employees.

Find out more about the project and discover more about the Theatre's history by visiting the digital archive.

Mapping Performance Culture
AHRC-funded (£289k, 2006-09)

In 2003, Dr Jo Robinson (CRLC) began working with Dr Gary Priestnall (UoN Geography) on 'Mapping Performance Culture', a project involving the collaborative development of an open-source interactive digital map that enabled users to explore and analyse the performance culture of mid-nineteenth-century Nottingham.

You can find out more about the digital map by watching the project's explanatory video.

Key to English Place-Names (KEPN)
AHRC-funded (£67k, 2004); British Academy-funded (£7k, 2005)

Members of the INS developed this searchable database of English place-names, which is accessed through a clickable map and associated dialogue boxes. The database draws on the work of the English Place-Name Society (EPNS) and other INS researchers. In 2012, it was re-launched with a user-friendly Google maps interface.

Find out more about the project on the INS website, or visit the KEPN now to discover the origins and meanings of hundreds of English place‑names!

Richard Brome Online

Professor Julie Sanders (CRLC) contributed to Richard Brome Online, an online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome. The edition makes the texts accessible to scholars and theatre practitioners, and explores their theatricality visually to inspire more frequent staging of Brome's works.

Visit Richard Brome Online to find out more.

Piers Plowman Electronic Archive
NEH-funded ($200k, 1998-9; $100k, 2000); AHRC-funded (£96k, 2006-08)

Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre (INS) worked with the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities on The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, a collaborative open-access project focused on the rich textual tradition of Langland's fourteenth-century allegorical dream vision.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the online archive.


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