They took a chance: Susan Hockey and Julianne Nyhan

Title

They took a chance: Susan Hockey and Julianne Nyhan

Subject

An oral history interview on the history of Digital Humanities for the Hidden Histories project

Description

This interview was carried out via skpye on 21 June 2013. Hockey was provided with the core questions in advance of the interview. Here she recalls how her interest in Humanities Computing was piqued by the articles that Andrew Q Morton published in the Observer in the 1960s about his work on the authorship of the Pauline Epistles. She went on to secure a position in the Atlas Computer Laboratory where she was an advisor on COCOA version 2 and wrote software for the electronic display of Arabic and other non-ASCII characters. The Atlas Computer Laboratory was funded by the Science Research Council and provided computing support for Universities and researchers across the UK. While there she also benefitted from access to the journal CHum and built connections with the emerging Humanities Computing community through events she attended starting with the ‘Symposium on Uses of the Computer in Literary Research’ organised by Roy Wisbey in Cambridge in 1970 (probably the earliest such meeting in the UK). Indeed, she emphasises the importance that such gatherings played in the formation of the discipline. As well as discussing her contribution to organisations like ALLC and TEI she recalls those who particularly influenced her such as, inter alia, Roberto Busa and Antonio Zampolli.

Creator

Julianne Nyhan and respective interviewees

Source

Julianne Nyhan and Andrew Flinn 2016. Computation and the Humanities: towards an oral history of Digital Humanities. Springer.

Date

2016

Rights

Interview audio files are made available under a creative commons licence “by-nc-nd” with the following characteristics:
• by: the content must be attributed to me and the interviewer.
• non-commercial: commercial use of the content is not allowed.
• no derivative works: the material is to be allocated in its original form and may not be
edited.
See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-ncnd/
3.0/ and http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/legalcode.

Format

MP3

Language

English

Type

Oral History interview

Coverage

The history of Digital Humanities c. 1949- 2016

Interviewer

Julianne Nyhan

Interviewee

Susan Hockey

Location

Phone call recorded via pamela software for skype

Transcription

Transcripts of interviews are published here: http://www.springer.com/it/book/9783319201696

Files

Citation

Julianne Nyhan and respective interviewees, “They took a chance: Susan Hockey and Julianne Nyhan,” Hidden Histories: Digital Humanities 1949 – Present, accessed December 12, 2017, https://hiddenhistories.omeka.net/items/show/44.