Center on Digital Arts and Humanities at Swansea University

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CODAH’s academic board includes co-chairs Tom Cheesman (Modern Languages and Translation) & Robert S. (Bob) Laramee (Computer Science), and: S. M. (Sonja) Amadae (Politics and International Relations), Kirsti Bohata (English Literature and Creative Writing), Leighton Evans (Media and Communication),  William Merrin (Media and Communication),  Matthew Stevens (History), Kasia Szpakowska (Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology), Nick Taylor-Collins (English), Matt Wall (Politics and Cultural Studies), Yan Wu (Media and Communication).


Select current projects in Heritage & History, Literature, Linguistics, Political & Social Sciences, Media Studies, Future Media / Human-Computer Interaction:

Heritage & History

  • Welsh Copper – Huw Bowen (History & Classics) and his team have been working with Matt Jones (FIT Lab) on new modes of heritage site visitor interaction at Swansea’s World Heritage site, the industrial heritage of the Lower Swansea Valley.
  • Ancient Egyptian Demon Things – Kasia Szpakowska and others are working on an interactive database of ancient Egyptian demonic entities attested in texts and on artefacts – a globally extensible data collection. With Rita Borgo (Computer Science), Szpakowska’s team has also been working with the curators of Swansea’s Egypt Centre on 3D scanning and printing of ancient artefacts.
  • History of Computing Collection – John Tucker (Computer Science) and Steve Williams have set up this collection and are working with DVLA, the National Waterfront Museum, and others to raise public awareness of this history
  • Extracting information from series of historical maps – Dan Power, Matthew Stevens, and Richard Turner (History & Classics) have worked with Dan Archambault, Jason Xie, and others (Computer Science) on techniques for ‘lifting’ data from old maps into GIS systems. They are visualizing the year-by-year evolution of the medieval Welsh Marcher Lordships, but the work has many more applications.
  • Tycho Brahe’s Letters – Adam Mosley (History & Classics) is part of Oxford University’s Early Modern Letters Online (Cultures of Knowledge) project, creating a digital gateway to Tycho Brahe’s correspondence.


  • Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935) was a pioneering lesbian industrialist, campaigner for women’s and workers’ rights, novelist and diarist. Kirsti Bohata is working on a digital edition of her diaries.
  • Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800) – Caroline Franklin is an editor of the digital edition of her letters.
  • TransVis/VVV – Tom Cheesman and Bob Laramee lead a team working on visualizations of analyses of multiple alternative translations.
  • European Travellers to Wales – Kathryn Jones is part of the team using digital tools to investigate and visualise the history of foreign travellers’ writings about Wales.


  • Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (Linguistics) and Robert Laramee (Computer Science) are working on techniques for visualising the dynamics of social media, in terms of linguistics-based analyses of users’ influence on others.

Political and Social Sciences

  • What are the Odds?” – Matt Wall and Rory Costello (Political and Cultural Studies) and Stephen Lindsay (Computer Science) are extracting and analysing data from political gambling sites
  • – David Bewley-Taylor (Political and Cultural Studies) leads the Global Drugs Policy Observatory, working inter alia on the ‘dark web’.

Digital Media Studies

  • Saachi Jain, Rhys Jones, William Merrin, and Yan Wu (all in: Languages, Translation and Communication) are working on aspects of global and local digital media including:    digital divides,   data journalism,   Welsh (minority language) social media uses,   citizen journalism,   digital media literacy and pedagogy

Future Media / Human-Computer Interaction

  • – Matt Jones leads the Future Interaction Technology lab, awarded an EPSRC Digital Economy Centre grant 2015-2020: CHERISH-DE