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Prosopography Workshop

11 (13:50) - 12/05/2015 (17:30)
For more information please contact Paulo Arruda.

True to the vibrant research culture of the Department of History, the goal of this workshop is to offer attendees an opportunity to further their understanding of prosopographical approaches to the study of networks.

The core audience will be graduate students, but staff members are also expected to attend, both from the Department of History and other departments. 

Activities will be divided into two parts. The first day of the event will comprise an opening lecture, followed by two panels, with three presenters each. The lecture will hinge on what prosopography is, and what it is not, whilst the papers will offer case studies of prosopographical investigations.

The second day of the workshop is made up of two seminars (registration is required) and is intended as practical training, with insights into the research process, from the collection of data and creation of data banks to analysis. Attendees will be able to draw on a set of core readings made previously available. 

Registration is required for the seminars on 12 May (see registration links below).

Preliminary programme

Monday 11 May (K3.11)

13:50 Welcome

14:00–15:00 Lecture by Dr. Katharine Keats-Rohan (History, Oxford University).
What is prosopography? What is not?

15:00–16:20 Panel – Case studies of prosopography. Part 1
Chair: Dr. Margaret Robb (Classics, King's College London)

Dr. Matthew Hammond (History, University of Glasgow)
Dr. Gabriel Bodard (Digital Humanities, King's College London)

16:20 Coffee Break

16:30–17:50 Panel – Case studies of prosopography. Part 2

Chair: Mr Paulo Arruda (History, King's College London)

Dr. Marguerite Dupree (History, University of Glasgow)
Dr. David Vergauwen (History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

17:50 Closing

Tuesday 12 May (K2.41)

13:50 Welcome

14:00–15:30 Seminar 1. Making prosopographical data.

Dr John Bradley (Digital Humanities, King's College London)
Dr Arthur Burns (History, King's College London)
Dr Paul Caton (Digital Humanities, King's College London)
Mr William Garrood (Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London)

Registration required:

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00–17:30 Seminar 2. Making the most of prosopographical data.

Dr. Gabriel Bodard (Digital Humanities, King's College London)
Silke Vanbeselaere (Digital Humanities, King's College London)

Registration required:

Suggested reading for Seminar 2:

Diane Harris Cline, “Six Degrees of Alexander: Social Network Analysis and Ancient History,” Ancient History Bulletin 26.1-2 (2012). 

Graham, Shawn, Ian Milligan, Scott Weingart. "Basic Concepts & Network Varieties: Nodes, Edges, and Attributes" in The Historian's Macroscope - working title. Under contract with Imperial College Press. Open Draft Version, Autumn 2013.

John F. Padgett and Christopher K. Ansell, “Robust Action and the Rise of the Medici, 1400-1434,” American Journal of Sociology 98 (May1993): 1259-1319. 

17:30 Closing

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