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About Us

Stanford Text Technologies is directed by Elaine Treharne, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

Research Focus

What do Babylonian Cuneiform Tablets, Medieval Parchment Manuscripts, and a iPhone have in common? What can past text technologies teach us about early writers and readers? How can we assure that the voices of the marginalized, the silent, the 'ordinary' person finally get heard? Text Technologies undertakes ambitious and innovative research in the long history of ‘TEXT’ from the earliest period of human communication to the present. Our research combines two flourishing areas—The History of the Book and Digital Humanities—to form the first integrated research hub of its kind.
Stanford Text Technologies will focus on the technologies of TEXT in manuscript and print forms, including inscription, graffiti, books, documents and ephemera, and research these alongside text technological developments from c.1900 onwards, with a particular focus on today’s digital environment.

Disciplinary Diversity

Using different media, methods and tools, Stanford Text Technologies explores the disciplinary diversity of TEXT, developing research projects to facilitate a greater understanding of the conception, production and consumption of all textual objects. We’ll are developing new tools for the interpretation and digital display of these objects. This enterprise is a leader in this critical scholarship at the most important transformative moment in text technologies in the last five hundred years.

Specialist projects

Specialist projects of Text Technologies:

  • CyberText Technologies uncovers the trends in the life cycles of historic text technologies to predict the future of new devices for communication;
  • global manuscripts and early printed books will be thework of the East-West Text Technologies Project;
  • the discovery of medieval information retrieval tools form the research of the Stanford NEH-funded ‘Global Currents’ team;
  • the long history of the manuscript forms the focus of the International ManuscriptTechnologies Forum (ManuTexts)
  • and SOPES (Stanford Ordinary People Extra Ordinary Stories) recovers the stories of previously unknown individuals from their textual remants, collected for the project.