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26 July 2022

Dr Barbara McGillivray awarded Inter Circle U. Prize

Dr Barbara McGillivray from the Department of Digital Humanities has received the Inter Circle U. Prize for inter- and transdisciplinary research for her work on the project “The Language of Mechanisation”.


The prize is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and will be awarded during the conference on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research for sustainable development, to be hosted at the Université catholique de Louvain on 25 November 2022.

As one of the 42 European University Alliances co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and Horizon 2020 of the European Union, Circle U. is led by the University of Oslo (Norway) and includes eight other European Universities, including King’s College London, who share a commitment to developing knowledge in service to society

“The language of mechanisation” was conceived as an experiment in radically interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration at the intersection between history, computational linguistics, data science, library science and research software engineering. Started in 2018 and ending in 2023, this project is a work package of the larger five-year Living with Machines programme and aims to leverage the potential of historical digitised records at scale, particularly the British Newspapers Archive, to analyse the impact of mechanisation on the lives of ordinary people during Britain’s rapid transformation into an industrial society.

Dr Barbara McGillivray on her winning project.

McGillivray’s team includes Professor Jon Lawrence (University of Exeter), Dr Mia Ridge (British Library), Dr Kalle Westerling (British Library), Dr Giorgia Tolfo (British Library) and Mr Nilo Pedrazzini (The Alan Turing Institute).


Find out more about Circle U. here.