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Professor Leif Isaksen

Professor in Digital Humanities


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CV for Professor Leif Isaksen

My research interests lie in two distant but related fields: the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the emerging role of the Web as a transformational medium for communicating and connecting complex information. For the former I have undertaken theoretical and digital analyses of specific documents from ancient world, including the Geographike Hyphegesis of Claudius Ptolemy and the Roman Itineraries. In the latter I apply Web-based (and Linked Open Data) technologies to annotate, connect and revisualize geographic aspects of the past through its textual and material culture, most notably as Director of the Pelagios Commons. In addition to these I am investigating a hilltop enclosure on Cluny Hill, Scotland.

Research supervision

I am open to discussing research proposals on any relevant subject given my research expertise. I am especially happy to consider working with candidates with interests in the following areas related to the digital humanities:

  • Linked Open Data/Semantic technologies
  • Geospatial technologies
  • Aggregation, retrieval and analysis of historical, classical and archaeological resources

I am also happy to supervise/co-supervise PhDs in:

  • The development of mapping and geographic thought before 1500
  • The archaeology of north east Scotland

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD on these topics, please send me a 500 word outline of your research proposal and a copy of your CV.