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Spence Paul

Paul Spence

Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7129 
Digital Humanities
King’s College London
Room 208, 26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL  

Office hours: Thursdays 12.30-1.30pm (during term-time)



Paul Spence is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the Department of Digital Humanities and has an educational background in Spanish & Spanish American studies, having also worked in journalism and teaching. 

He led the ‘Digital Text’ research area in the Department of Digital Humanities from 2003 to 2010, when he was responsible for the development of XML-based and semantically aware frameworks for information retrieval and digital publication on over 30 research projects. He has been Co-Investigator, Project Manager or Technical Research Director of a number of major research projects with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, AHRC, JISC, Leverhulme Trust and European Commission.

He has twice been Acting Head of Department for DDH and has played senior roles in various international digital humanities organisations, including most recently the Hispanist association Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas (HDH). In recent years his research interests have expanded to include global perspectives on (digital) humanities, a subject on which he has given a number of high-profile presentations.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

Paul's research is focused around five emerging areas:

  • Digital modelling and knowledge representation in the humanities
  • Textual scholarship in the digital age
  • Digital Publishing
  • Global perspectives on the (digital) humanities
  • Digital Hispanism

Paul’s current research seeks to explore how digital knowledge practices are changing the way that we record, disseminate and share information when we study human culture, and how these practices are inflected by linguistic and cultural factors.

Paul has led digital humanities research in a number of funded research projects, including Fine Rolls of Henry III, Gascon Rolls project 1317-1468, Out of the Wings, the ‘La entretenida’ digital edition, Early English Laws and Mapping the Medieval Countryside. Together with Paul Vetch, he created the xMod publication tool, for many years was the chief publication framework used on many of DDH’s major research projects, and which led to the publication tool currently used (Kiln). He also collaborates on the international CHARTA project.

Paul welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications

For a complete list of publications, please see Paul's full research profile.


Paul is Programme Co-ordinator for the MA in Digital Humanities and currently convenor on three modules: 

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities, the core module on the MA in Digital Humanities, which introduces the digital humanities and examines how they bring digital theory and practice to the study of human culture, from history, English and music to museums, digital publishing and beyond. 
  • Web Technologies, a practice-led module which aims both to develop technical skills in web development and design (HTML, CSS, Javascript) and to develop critical awareness regarding the use and development of web technologies, and the wider social interactions they generate.
  • Digital Publishing, which aims to give a better understanding of the increasingly important and ever changing world of publishing in an age of rapid digital innovation, from an academic and business point of view.
Expertise and Public Engagement

Paul has served on the steering committees of various Digital Humanities organisations at an international level, including the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) and Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). He is currently on the Executive board of Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas (HDH).

He is member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of various journals, including LLC: Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, Revista Internacional de Humanidades and Janus digital.


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