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Dr Francesca Benatti

Profile photograph of Dr Francesca Benatti, Research Associate in Digital Humanities, The Open University

Profile summary

  • Research Associate in Digital Humanities
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • francesca.benatti

Professional biography

 

I joined The Open University in 2012 as Research Associate in Digital Humanities. My role is to develop research in Digital Humanities and promote collaboration and networking in this area across the OU.

Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of the A Question of Style project, which is funded by a Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant.

I am also the lead organiser of the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age training and development programme for the CHASE doctoral training partnership.

I convene the Digital Humanities in Practice seminar series at The Open University and curate the Digital Humanities at The Open University's webblog and Twitter presence.

I am a member of the Reading Experience Database, the Book History Research Group and the Romantic Period Research Group. I am part of the Advisory Group of the Commodity Histories project and the Working Group of the Open Arts Archive

Research interests

 

Digital Humanities

Stylometry, text analysis and their applications to the study of literature.
 

Irish Studies

The writings of Irish author Thomas Moore (1789-1852), 19th-century Irish periodicals and newspapers, book history.
 
 
 

Teaching interests

I am the author of a unit on Electronic Literature for the A335 Literature in Transition module. I am currently working on a unit on digital culture for a new Level 1 module.

External collaborations

I was a Consultant Editor, responsible for web publication, for the Open Arts Journal, an Open University open-access, peer-reviewed journal, during the period 2012-2015.

I was a consultant for the University of the Air Northern Ireland project, which took place in Belfast on 5-7 November 2013.

Before joining The Open University, I have worked in University College Dublin and NUI Galway. While in UCD, I taught courses on digital humanities and collaborated with the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) on integrating digital resources and teaching.

In NUI Galway, I worked with the Thomas Moore Archive, a project of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, of which I am joint editor with Prof Sean Ryder and Dr Justin Tonra. For the TMA I developed a digital edition of a selection of Thomas Moore’s prose writings, and designed the web interface of the project.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Book History and Bibliography Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

 

Externally funded projects

A question of style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review and Quarterly Review

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Jan/201731/Oct/2017RSVP The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
In A Question of Style, we want to assess the assumption that early nineteenth-century periodicals succeeded in creating, through a “transauthorial discourse”, a unified corporate voice that hid individual authors behind an impersonal public text (Klancher 1987). The project focuses on the Edinburgh Review during the period 1814-1820 and employs methods from periodical studies, book history, computational linguistics and computational stylistics. We will utilise Natural Language Processing software and resultant statistics to create stylistic profiles of the Edinburgh Review and its main authors, and our literary and historical interpretation to generate critical knowledge out of our measurements. We will then qualitatively describe the results of this stylistic analysis and evaluate them within the context of both literary scholarship on nineteenth-century periodicals and computational linguistics scholarship. Project outputs will include REF-able journal article(s), digitised articles dataset, project seminars and blog.

Publications

Smart Cities and M3: Rapid Research, Meaningful Metrics and Co-Design (2017)
Bell, Simon; Benatti, Francesca; Edwards, Neil R.; Laney, Robin; Morse, David R.; Piccolo, Lara and Zanetti, Oliver
Systemic Practice and Action Research ((Early Access))
English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: a Stylometric Analysis of Thomas Moore and the Christabel Review (2015-10-07)
Benatti, Francesca and Tonra, Justin
Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, October
Readers and Reading in the First World War (2015-09)
Towheed, Shafquat; Benatti, Francesca and King, Edmund G. C.
Yearbook of English Studies, 45 (pp. 239-261)
Postgraduate education (2010)
Benatti, Francesca
Research & Resources in a Digital Age: UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 1(1)
Irish patriots and Scottish adventurers: the Irish Penny Journal, 1840-1841 (2009-10)
Benatti, Francesca
Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 35(2) (pp. 36-41)
Joining the press-gang: Thomas Moore and the Edinburgh Review (2013-05-23)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin eds. Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext. Reimagining Ireland (24)
ISBN : 978-3-0343-0900-4 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Oxford
Charles Gavan Duffy (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (p 184)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
John Mitchel (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (pp. 419-420)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
Philip Dixon Hardy (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
Samuel Lover (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (pp. 380-381)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
The Shamrock, 1866-1919? (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (p 569)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
The Ulsterman (1852-1858); later the Irishman (1858-1885) (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
William Carleton, 1794-1869 (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
William Curry Jnr., d.1870 (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London
Land and landscape in the Dublin Penny Journal, 1832-1833 (2008)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Hooper, Glenn and Ní Bhroiméil, Úna eds. Land and Landscape in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Nineteenth-Century Ireland Series (pp. 13-24)
ISBN : 978-1-84682-065-6 | Publisher : Four Courts Press | Published : Dublin
Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext (2013)
Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin eds.
Reimagining Ireland
ISBN : 978-3-0343-0900-4 | Publisher : Peter Lang
A Question of Style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-1820 (2016-09)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : Digital Humanities Congress 2016 (8-10 September 2016, University of Sheffield, UK)
In Search of the Voice of the Edinburgh Review (2016-06)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : Romantic Voices (22-23 June 2016, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford, UK)
The Thomas Moore Archive (2011)
Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin
Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

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