Online Symposium

Digital Selves in Research

25-29 July 2016

Do you feel like a machine?
Do you feel like you can’t ‘see’ anymore, but instead ‘scan’?
Has too much scrolling on jstor sent your eyes permanently rolling?
Do you feel like your hands have fused with your keyboard?
When was the last time you went to the library without your laptop?
Can you touch your notes? [1]

The Still Point Blog’s inaugural online symposium Digital Selves in Research, July 25th-29th 2016, explored the experience of researching across analogue and digital worlds.

We published a range of creative responses to our Call for Submissions over five days, in text, video, audio, and image. Comments & discussion can be found on @stillpointLDN   //   #digitalselves

The original programme and links to all contributions are below.

ds programmeKeynote: Ego-Media – A Group Portrait

By Professor Max Saunders (Director, Arts & Humanities Research Institute) & the Ego-Media team.

stijn digital selvesEgo-Media’s response to the prompt ‘Digital Selves’ is a series of typed portraits of some of the early career and PhD researcher team members, and Professor Saunders. Each snapshot reveals the impetuses, ideas, and questions driving each of their individual projects, whilst making visible the common threads between each.

No Jumper in Nowhere [VIDEO]

Video and text © Yarli Allison L, a Hong Kong-Canadian born, London-based artist. 

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He’s Not Dead Yet, Keep Scrolling

By Kim Sherwood, recent winner of the the 2016 Bath Novel Award.


An exploration of scrolls as a manifestation of time, from microfilm to twitter.

“Give me flaking dictionaries. Give me binding. And yet: give me the safety and accessibility of the immaterial.”


In Paris, 1913

By Ellen Davies, a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford, examining musical temporality in 1913 Paris.

Micro film

“Inside, in a stuffy room in the Bibliothèque national de France, unbeknown to those around me, I’m not there. I’m in 1913.”

Stranger is Typing (the Search for Nenny) [VIDEO]

By Susan Francis, a Belfast born artist now based in the South West of England. 

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“Our digital selves are new beings, new skins, with possibilities we have never had to grapple with…”


Rethinking Digital Editions: A Movable Archive of Readings

By Amy Lidster, is a second-year PhD student in the English Department at King’s College London.

1596 Quarto Main TextOn materiality of books, tracing reading histories and digitising Shakespeare.

“…working on Edward III has helped me to appreciate that, while I still relish the printed text, my research is bound to digital editions and is enhanced by them.”

KCL Radio Footnotes on “Digital Selves” [PODCAST]

Footnotes 1In a special edition of Footnotes on KCL Radio broadcast live on the 27 July 9-10am, hosts Fran and Char invited PhD researchers to take on the theme “Digital Selves in Research”.

Featuring Colleen Curran, palaeographer and historian; Anna Khlusova from Cultural and Creative Industries; and Rachael Kent, whose PhD spans the Digital Humanities and CCI as a member of the Ego-Media project.

Four Selves

By Tianmei Chen, who has worked in fashion and advertising, and created Queen’s Art spot, a painting studio for beginners.

Lonely self


“These are all creations inspired by the hectic digital life doing my masters Cultural and Creative Industries in London… when I was feeling that the digital had constructed me in such a subtly important way.”


Keynote Interview: Dr Caroline Edwards [PODCAST]

Dr Caroline Edwards is a Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, and Director the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). 


In this interview, James Fisher talks to Dr Caroline Edwards about the way the digital environment shapes us as individual scholars, challenges academic traditions and offers new opportunities for ‘Open Access’ in humanities scholarship.



Fieldwork a la limeña

By Daniel Willis, a second year PhD student at UCL Institute of the Americas.

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“On my knees, in an art gallery in a bohemian district of Lima, with my head inside a large rock, I thought: “How did I get here?””

Exploring the difference between being connected and being immersed, through a field trip to Peru.

[Command-Shift-4] McLuhan

By James Fisher, a PhD student in History at King’s College London, and an Editor for The Still Point Journal.

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Researching Marshall McLuhan on the internet to explore Marshall McLuhan’s ideas about how the internet effects research.


Keynote: Dr Matthew Hayler [VIDEO]

Dr. Matt Hayler is a lecturer in post-1980 literature at the University of Birmingham.

Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 15.39.17In his video keynote, Dr Matt Hayler discusses the ‘relationship between us and our things, the entanglement between our minds, bodies, objects and environments’.

Editors’ Reflections


Editors Fran & James offer a few immediate reflections on the symposium and the experience of organising #DigitalSelves.