Dr Peter Stokes
Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2813
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane
Research Interests and PhD supervision
After Honours degrees in Classics and English Literature and in Computer Engineering, Peter Stokes completed a PhD at Cambridge on English Vernacular minuscule ca 990-ca 1035. He was then Research Associate from 2005 to 2007 on the LangScape project of Anglo-Saxon boundary-clauses at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities before receiving a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Palaeography at the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic in Cambridge, where he developed new methods of quantitative and computer-based palaeography.
He then returned to the Centre for Computing in the Humanities to work on the Anglo-Saxon Cluster and Electronic Sawyer projects before being awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council for his Digital Resource for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic. He has spoken at conferences on name-studies, lexicography, Anglo-Saxon charters, image-processing and palaeography. He has been lecturing in palaeography and codicology at the University of Cambridge since 2004, in digital publishing at the Institute of English Studies since 2010, material culture of the book at King's College London in 2011, and formerly in medieval history at the University of Leicester in 2009-10.
Palaeography and manuscript studies
Digital Humanities, particularly the application of digital tools and techniques to palaeography and manuscript studies
Old English, Latin language and literature
Medieval studies, early medieval history
Peter Stokes’s principal research is the Digital Resource for Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (FP7). This is a major, four-year project which will finish in autumn 2014. Its goal is to bring digital technology to bear on scholarly discussion in new and innovative ways by combining digital photographs of medieval handwriting with detailed descriptions and characterisations of the writing, as well as the text in which it is found, and the content and structure of the manuscript or document as a whole. It will incorporate different ways of exploring and manipulating the information, such as annotated images, dynamic maps and timelines and image-processing as well as more conventional text-based browse and search. It will therefore allow scholars to apply new developments in palaeographical method which have been discussed in theory but which have proven difficult or impossible to implement in practice, thereby opening new possibilities for more precisely dating and locating scripts, scribes and manuscripts.
Peter welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
English Vernacular Minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut, circa 990 – circa 1035 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014), 309 pp.
'The Vision of Leofric: Manuscript Text and Context', Review of English Studies Advanced Access (2011). dx.doi.org/doi:10.1093/res/hgr052
'King Edgar's Charter for Pershore (AD 972)', Anglo-Saxon England 37 (2008), 31–78. doi:10.1017/S0263675109990159
'Palaeography and Image Processing: Some Solutions and Problems', Digital Medievalist 3 (2007/8). www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/3/stokes/
'Modeling Medieval Handwriting: A New Approach to Digital Palaeography', in DH2012 Book of Abstracts (Hamburg, 2012). www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/conference/programme/abstracts/modeling-medieval-handwriting-a-new-approach-to-digital-palaeography.
'Estimating the Distinctiveness of Graphemes and Allographs in Palaeographic Classification', by N. Levy, L. Wolf, N. Dershowitz and P.A. Stokes in DH2012 Book of Abstracts (Hamburg, 2012). www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/conference/programme/abstracts/estimating-the-distinctiveness-of-graphemes-and-allographs-in-palaeographic-classification/
For a complete list of publications, please see Peter's full research profile
Expertise and Public Engagement
Peter Stokes currently teaches several modules at undergraduate and graduate level. He is responsible for two MA modules Material Culture of the Book and a planned new module Digital Resources for Historical Studies. He is also principal coordinator of ‘Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age’, a five-day intensive course for PhD students funded by the AHRC. He teaches the Digital Publishing module for the MA in the History of the Book and London Rare Book School at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and lectures in palaeography and manuscript studies in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. He has formerly taught medieval Latin in Cambridge and has been Associated Lecturer in medieval history at the University of Leicester.
Peter Stokes is an elected member of the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist and Associate Editor of the Digital Medievalist journal. He advises several projects including the Scientific Advisory Committee, Album interactif de paléographie médiévale / Interactive Album of Mediaeval Palaeography (EHESS Lyon), the Project Advisory Committee and Board of the Wellcome Arabic Manuscript Cataloguing Partnership, and the Medieval Medicine Document Identification System project (MMEDIS). He is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Association Paléographique Internationale-Culture- Écriture- Société (APICES), and the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS).