Peter A. Stokes

Peter A. Stokes
Directeur d'études (approx. 'Research Professor')
École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université PSL (Paris)
Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques
UMR 8546 Archéologie et Philologie d’Orient et d’Occident
            King's College London (for 2010–17)
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Contact: See the EPHE website for current contact details.

Previous Appointments

October 2010 – February 2018 (full-time) Research Fellow (2010-11), Senior Lecturer (2011-16), Reader (2016-18) Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, London, U.K.

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 'in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education' (2017–).
  • Departmental Research Lead (post formerly called Chair of Department Postgraduate and Research Committee: 2015–18).
  • Member of the Faculty Research Committee (2015–18).
  • Taught four MA modules ('Material Culture of the Book', 'Editorial Models', Dissertation, and with Paul Spence 'Methods and Techniques in Digital Humanities'), and two BA modules ('Digital Representations of Cultural Heritage', 'Digital Texts').
  • Deputy Chair of PGT Assessment Sub-Board (= Departmental MA Board of Examiners: 2013–16); Acting Chair, First Semester 2014/5.
  • Supervised MA and PhD students.
  • Lead team of 2–6 people on the development of software and methods in palaeography (2010–17):
    • Principal Investigator and Director of DigiPal, Co-Investigator and leader of digital team for Models of Authority and Exon Domesday projects.
    • Lead the design and development of Archetype (originally DigiPal), a new web-based platform allow the exploration and citation of medieval script in the context of the manuscripts and charters that preserve it.
    • Lead the development and implementation of new visual and verbal methods for the exploration and presentation of palaeographical data.
  • Member, London Arts and Humanities Partnership Panel Selection Board C (Cultures and Heritage), 2016–18.
  • See Teaching Experience for further details.

January 2010–September 2010 (full-time) Research Associate (Analyst) Centre for Computing in Humanities, King's College London , London, U.K.

  • Analyst for the Anglo-Saxon Cluster, a JISC-funded project to integrate four pre-existing projects at CCH. <>
  • Developed use-cases and encoding models, and helped to develop two prototypes to test approaches to integration.
  • Principal author of project documentation including report for ASCluster (published on project website).
  • Develop E-Sawyer website with technologies including TEI and CEI XML, XSLT, Solr, Cocoon and xMod 2.0. <>
  • Helped to develop proposal for new AHRC bid, including principal author of Technical Appendix.

October 2009–June 2010 (part-time) Associated Lecturer in Early Medieval History School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester, U.K.

  • Co-convenor of second-year undergraduate course, 'Race and Ethnicity': five lectures and six seminars on Viking history (course code HS2206)
  • Designed, convened and taught first-year module, 'People and Places: Medieval Worcester' (course code HS1100)
  • Designed, convened and taught second-year module, 'Early Medieval History: Books, Manuscripts and Documents' (course code HS2343)
  • All teaching includes writing and delivering lectures, running seminars, and marking exams and essays

October 2007–September 2009 (full time) Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dept. of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K.

  • Research topic: 'Computer-Based Analysis of Scribal Hands'
  • Developed and applied quantitative and computer-based methods in palaeography
  • Conducted original research into the scripts of Eleventh and Twelfth-Century England
  • Wrote new software in Java to enhance images of damaged text, and to analyse and extract quantitative measures from images of scribal hands
  • Developed new web interface for palaeographical database using Django and XSLT/Cocoon

October 2007–December 2007 (part time) Consultant Palaeographer Hearth Tax Project, Roehampton University, London, U.K.

  • Checked volunteers' transcripts against original seventeenth-century English manuscripts (checked Hundreds of Chelmsford, Colchester, Tendring, and Uttlesford, all in Essex)
  • Oversaw, coordinated, and held ultimate responsibility for the work of the second consultant who checked the remaining hundreds for Essex
  • Liaised with the remainder of the Hearth Tax team

October 2005–September 2007 (full time) Post-Doctoral Research Associate Centre for Computing in Humanities, King's College, London, U.K.

  • Research Associate and database-related development for the 'LangScape' project
  • Checked digital texts of about 1,000 Anglo-Saxon boundary clauses against all extant original manuscripts
  • Identified and entered newly discovered and missing texts and variant manuscript versions
  • Helped to provide a clear statement of editorial policies
  • Added text-markup in XML to provide comprehensive tagging, lemmatisation, and translation of texts
  • Developed tools, databases, and prototype websites using Java, Visual Basic, XSLT/XPath, Perl, Python, and SQL

October 2004–September 2016 (part-time) Affiliated Lecturer in Palaeography and Codicology (with additional teaching in Medieval Latin) Dept. of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, University of Cambridge, U.K.

  • Wrote and delivered approx. 500 hours of lectures and classes, primarily on palaeography and codicology.
  • Prepared and delivered approx. 175 hours of one-on-one or one-on-two undergraduate supervisions in palaeography (2004–2009).
  • Supervised undergraduate dissertations (2008/9).
  • Set and marked examination-papers at BA and MPhil level in Latin and in Palaeography (since 2005).

May 2003–August 2004 (part time) Examination Invigilator, Duty Librarian Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, U.K.

  • Invigilated undergraduate examinations for the College and University in College
  • Assisted with production of confidential results-book for College Tutorial Office
  • Supervised undergraduate College library during summer-school programme

February 2003–March 2004 (part time) Manuscript Image Enhancer Dept. of Pre-1600 Manuscripts, The British Library, London, U.K.

  • Carried out work on pan-European Rinascimento Virtuale project
  • Enhanced digital images of Greek palimpsested manuscripts using Adobe Photoshop
  • Prepared material for project talks and public displays
  • Delivered presentation and chaired session at 'Beyond the Human Eye', Athens, May 2003

December 2000–February 2001 (full time), March–April 2001 (part time) Project Engineer Softronics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia

  • Ported Verilog implementation of IEEE-1394a Link Layer from Xilinx to QuickLogic FPGAs
  • Increased speed of 1394 Verilog code by two chip grades, and reduced gate count by over 20%
  • Designed two four-layer PCBs with JTAG (IEEE-1149.1) and 400Mb/s IEEE-1394a interfaces
  • Debugged port of custom serial drivers from NT4 to Win2000 under severe time constraints
  • Began development of Verilog PCI test bench

July 1999–September 2001 (part time) Freelance Contract Programmer Self-employed, Melbourne, Australia

  • Developed software applications for clients including the Drycleaning Institute of Australia and Xanthein Marketing
  • Designed and implemented MS Access database, with Visual Basic modules
  • Developed VBA module to automatically generate formatted Excel spreadsheets from flat text files
  • Developed application using MFC in Visual C++ for commercial distribution
  • Wrote technical documentation and user manuals for all systems

December 1999–February 2000 (full time) Summer Research Scholar The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

  • Worked on Active Vision project in the Research School for Information Sciences and Engineering
  • Developed and implemented real-time control and vision software for 2DOF robot head
  • Ported 2DOF monocular software to 4DOF binocular head
  • Developed software using C, C++, and Intel MMX on Linux platform
  • Delivered written report and technical seminar to Research School and other Summer Scholars

January 1999–February 1999 (full time) Student Engineer Open Software Associates, Melbourne, Australia

  • Investigated technologies for Web-based three-tiered Defect Tracking Customer Care System
  • Developed prototypes using Java servlets, JDBC, and RMI technologies
  • Wrote reports and feasibility studies on technologies investigated
  • Delivered technical seminar to company lab and management

June 1998–August 1998 (full time), September 1998–December 1998 (part time) Technical Assistant Georgetown University Information Systems, Washington, D.C.

  • Developed NSAPI remote verification software in C for UNIX and NT platforms
  • Developed upgrade to University-wide Job Employment database and Web interface
  • Assisted with implementation of single sign-on throughout the university
  • Maintained and developed Perl and Cold Fusion scripts, and MS Access Databases
  • Assisted with administration of Solaris boxes and NS Enterprise Servers

December 1996–February 1997 (full time) Student Vacation Engineer Telspec Australia Pty Ltd., Melbourne, Australia

  • Performed hardware modifications (incl. hand soldering surface-mount components)
  • Developed device driver software for SCC port using RS232 and RS485 protocols
  • Developed and modified code in ANSI C and 68000 Assembly Language
  • Tested and debugged software and hardware