Director of King's Digital Lab and Module Convenor for Internships in the Department of Digital Humanities
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7552
Room 2.50Virgina Woolf BuildingKing's College London22 KingswayLondonWC2B 6LE
Research Interests and PhD supervision
James Smithies is Director of King’s Digital Lab (KDL) at King’s College London. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Associate Director of the UC CEISMIC Digital Archive at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and has worked in the government and commercial IT sectors as a technical writer and editor, business analyst, and project manager. He is currently working on a monograph for Palgrave Macmillan titled The Digital Modern: Humanities and New Media.
- Digital Humanities.
- History of ideas, literature, technology.
I am interested in applied and theoretical digital humanities, including big data analysis, minimal computing, digital archives, modelling and virtual worlds. I have subsidiary interests in critical and media theory, and postphenomenology. My historical work focuses on the history of New Zealand and the British Empire, the history of technology (including but not limited to computing), and literature.
Research and Teaching
“Digital Humanities, Postfoundationalism, Postindustrial Culture.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8, no. 1 (2014).
“Digital History in Canterbury and New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of History 47(2), 2013: 249-263.
“Finding The True Voice of Feeling: Kendrick Smithyman and New Criticism in New Zealand, 1961-1963.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 42, no. 1 (March 1, 2007): 59–78.
“Return Migration and the Mechanical Age: Samuel Butler in New Zealand 1860–1864.” Journal of Victorian Culture 12, no. 2 (2007): 203–24.
Smithies, James. “‘The History of Technology and the History of New Zealand.’” The Journal of New Zealand Studies, no. 4/5 (January 1, 2002): 111–28.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I have taught a range of courses related to digital humanities, digital culture, and the philosophy of computing as well as New Zealand and postcolonial history and literature.