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Signs of Literacy is a community for collaborative research into historical literacy.

The community has been initiated by the social venture Chronoscopic Education, the MarineLives project and by social historians, Dr Mark Hailwood (Bristol) and Mark Ponte (Alle Amsterdamser Akten, Stadsarchief Amsterdam).

Questions we are addressing include:

  • Who in the late C16th, C17th and early C18th could read and write?
  • How did they become literate?
  • How did literacy vary between occupation and location?
  • By age cohort?
  • By country?
  • Were there adult learners?
  • How did oral facility with multiple languages map (or not) to the literacy of reading and writing?

Events planned for 2018

Conference presentations

  • IIIF Conference, Monday, May 21st - Friday, May 25th, 2018, Washington D.C.: Colin Greenstreet (MarineLives), 'Creating an IIIF/Transkribus/Recogito Enabled Manuscript Community to Explore C17th Literacy'
  • DH Benelux, Amsterdam, Wednesday, June 6th - Friday, June 8th, 2018: Nga Bellis-Phan (Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas) and Colin Greenstreet (MarineLives), 'MarineLives corpus of 17th century legal records. An example of cross-disciplinary reuse of structured & semi-structured text corpora'
  • Digital Humanities Congress, University of Sheffield, September 6th-8th, 2018: Mark Hailwood (Bristol) and Colin Greenstreet (MarineLives), 'Revisiting Historical Literacy: the Potential of Digital Humanities Approaches'

Other communications

Workshop

Kaggle Research Competition

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