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Building the Time Machine: Historical Research in the Age of Technology
Mon 27 March 2017, 13:00 – 17:00 BST
"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." - Carl Sagan
Come join postgraduates from across the School of History and Cultures for an afternoon-long workshop dedicated to exploring the possibilities being opened up through new applications of scientific analysis and technologies within historical fields. Creatively incorporating these new methods as a means for data collection and analysis is an exciting and increasingly important component of historical research. Yet knowing where to begin can be a challenge. With presentations from scholars who have been actively incorporating such innovation into their own research, followed by questions and discussions, the workshop seeks to discover new ways of deciphering and understanding the past.
Come see Dr. Henry Chapman discuss the digital humanities and the use of digital technologies in archaeology, and Dr. Julia Galliker talk about her innovative use of "computer vision" in analysing textiles and modelling the production of material culture. Following tea, Dr. Eleanor Blakelock will explain the analytical methods used on the objects found in the Staffordshire Hoard and Maria Vrij will present the collaborative project conducted between the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and The Centre for Chemical and Materials Analysis at University of Birmingham on a selection of ancient coins.
The workshop will begin with lunch provided for all participants and will be followed by a wine reception in the evening. Be sure to book a place for this exciting event!