Paul Spence

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Research interests

  • Multilingual digital humanities. The analysis and development of frameworks for studying multilingualism and language diversity in digital studies, and especially in the digital humanities.
  • Digital modern languages. The study of digital transformations in how we engage with languages, and in particular how they influence disciplinary shape and policy in the Modern Languages.
  • Digital publishing. Especially enhanced/experimental publishing forms in the humanities and social sciences.

Biographical details

My research currently focuses on digital publishing, global perspectives on digital scholarship and interactions between modern languages and digital culture. Through my work on the Language Acts and Worldmaking project (https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/,  I focus in particular on interactions between languages, multilingualism, linguistic diversity and digital practice. I research digital transformations in how we engage with languages, while also analysing the power of language to disrupt digital monolingualism in knowledge infrastructures, methods and data http://tinyurl.com/disruptingdigital / https://zenodo.org/record/5743283.

It is widely accepted that fields such as digital humanities and digital culture studies have a ‘language and geocultural diversity’ problem. Drawing together conceptual and practical frameworks for understanding digital language diversity, I challenge “language indifference” (Polezzi) in digital studies and investigate new transcultural and translingual models for digital practice.

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