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Dr James Baker 

Director of Digital Humanities

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Having completed my doctoral research on the late-Georgian artist-engraver Isaac Cruikshank, these days I work at the intersection of history, cultural heritage, and digital technologies, and am currently working - slowly - on a history of knowledge organisation in twentieth century Britain.

In 2021, I begin a major new Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Beyond Notability: Re-evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage, 1870 – 1950'. Previous externally funded research projects have focused on legacy descriptions of art objects ('Legacies of Catalogue Descriptions and Curatorial Voice: Opportunities for Digital Scholarship', Arts and Humanities Research Council), the preservation of intangible cultural heritage ('Coptic Culture Conservation Collective', British Council, and 'Heritage Repertoires for inclusive and sustainable development', British Academy), the born digital archival record ('Digital Forensics in the Historical Humanities', European Commission), and decolonial futures for museum collections ('Making African Connections: Decolonial Futures for Colonial Collections', Arts and Humanities Research Council).

Prior to joining Southampton, I held positions of Senior Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the University of Sussex and Director of the Sussex Humanities LabDigital Curator at the British Library, and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

I am a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar, a member of The Programming Historian Editorial Board and a Director of ProgHist Ltd (Company Number 12192946), and an International Advisory Board Member of British Art Studies.

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Dr James Baker
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/TBC in the former Avenue Library/A4

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