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About Us

Stanford Text Technologies is directed by Elaine Treharne, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities and Professor of English

Research Focus

This research enterprise will undertake ambitious and innovative research into the long history of ‘TEXT’ from the earliest period of human communication to the present. Our research combines two flourishing areas—The History of the Book and Digital Humanities—to form the first integrated research hub of its kind.
Stanford Text Technologies will focus on the technologies of TEXT in manuscript and print forms, including inscription, graffiti, books, documents and ephemera, and research these alongside text technological developments from c.1900 onwards, with a particular focus on today’s digital environment.

Disciplinary Diversity

Since all Humanities’ disciplines focus on text, albeit in different media and withvarying approaches, Stanford Text Technologies will explore the disciplinary diversity of TEXT, developing research projects to facilitate a greater understanding of the production, dissemination and reception of all textual objects. We’ll also develop new tools for the interpretation and digital display of these objects. This enterprise will quickly establishitself as the global leader in this critical scholarly nexus at the most important text technological juncture in the last five hundred years.

Specialist projects

Specialist projects of the Center will investigate specific Text Technological areas: