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Harold Short

Professor Harold Short

haroldshortProfessor of Humanities Computing

(Part-time position following retirement)

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2739
Digital Humanities
King’s College London
Room 216, 26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL



Professor Short has an educational background in the Humanities and in Mathematics, Computing and Systems. Following 11 years at the BBC, he has worked at King's College London since 1988. Professor Short was Director and Head of the Department of Digital Humanities (formerly Centre for Computing in the Humanities) until his retirement in September 2010.

Professor Short was Involved in the development of three MA programmes in the Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities, Digital Culture and Society (formerly Digital Culture and Technology) and Digital Asset Management. He worked with Willard McCarty and other colleagues in developing the world's first PhD programme in Digital Humanities.

Professor Short has a wide experience of collaborative research in a large number of projects across many Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Research Interests
  • Digital scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Methods in digital humanities research
  • Modes of collaboration in the digital humanities
  • Institutional digital humanities
  • Digital publication: modes, frameworks and structures
  • Structuring data in humanities research
Selected Publications


Research and Teaching


Professor Short has a wide experience in the application of computing technologies in arts and humanities research. He was Technical Research Director for numerous research projects in which the Department of Digital Humanities has been technical research partner (see Current projects). He has particular interests in the intersection of the arts and humanities with computing, in the collaborative challenges and opportunities this offers, and in the methodological changes that come about - including changes, often radical, in old methods and the development of new methods. He is also interested in the ways in which digital humanities may be organised at institutional levels, as well as in the significance and potential of the digital humanities nationally and internationally. Professor Short is Interested in the rapidly changing dynamics of publication of research, especially digital research, and the new and changed relationships this necessitates or makes possible. Interested in the challenges of organising research information in the formal structures involved in database and text encoding technologies.


Professor Short contributes occasionally to teaching following his retirement.


PhD Supervision

Current student

Andreia Carvalho (co-supervision with Portuguese department).


Expertise and Public Engagement

Extensive involvement in international digital humanities.

Treasurer of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) 1994-97, and Chair 1997-2010.

Active in the creation of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) - Secretary of the Steering Committee 2005-2008, Chair 2008-2010.

External Consultant in Human Computer Interaction Technologies project, University of Debrecen, Hungary 2010-11.

Visiting Professor in Digital Humanities, University of Western Sydney 2011-13.



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