Tara Thomson

Tara Thomson

Dr Tara Thomson



I am a Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Programme Leader for the MA in Digital and Public Humanities at Edinburgh Napier. My research interests fall generally into modernist studies, critical theory, women’s writing, urban studies and the Digital Humanities.

I was awarded a PhD from the University of Victoria in Canada in 2014, before relocating to the UK. My doctoral thesis examined representations of women’s everyday lives in modernist British fiction, and my first monograph - titled Modernism, Feminism and Everyday Life - will be published soon by Routledge. My developing research in modernist studies focuses on the work of Scottish writers Naomi Mitchison and Christine Orr.

My research interests extend to the Digital Humanities, and I have worked on a number of Digital Humanities research projects, including 'LitLong: Edinburgh,’ a text mining and digital mapping project (litlong.org), the upcoming 'LitLong: Africa', and currently the Netherbow Literature House project with the UNESCO City of Literature Trust. In addition to UNESCO, I regularly work with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and other cultural sector organisations to engage local communities with Scotland's literary culture and history. I have published articles and book chapters on geospatial humanities, data visualisation for the humanities, and literary modernism, as well as scholarly editions of two volumes of Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage series for Broadview Literary Press.

Research Areas



Conference Organising Activity

  • ‘These letters weren’t meant for you’: I Love Dick and the Avant-Garde on TV
  • Roundtable: ‘We Editors’
  • Scottish Network for Modernist Studies Symposium (co-organiser)
  • Lit Long: Locating Edinburgh Modernism
  • "I am a camera": The Politicisation of Aesthetics in Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin
  • Editing Modernism/Modernist Editing (organiser)
  • Seminar: Modernism in Scotland (organiser and chair)
  • Scotland's 'puir auld mither': Muir's bored housewives and Mitchison's cosmopolitan activists


External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner: Modernism course - Scottish Universities International Summer School


Fellowships and Awards

  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grant
  • Co-Investigator - Words on the Street: the Uses of a Digital Literary Landscape
  • British Library Lab Award: Research Award runner-up
  • Cultural Engagement Research Fellowship: Lit Long: Edinburgh
  • AHRC Research Fellowship: Palimpsest: Literary Edinburgh project


Invited Speaker

  • (Co-)Editing Dorothy Richardson
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival - Directors' Highlights event for Patrons of the Book Festival
  • Yun Posun Memorial Symposium


Media Activity

  • 'Edinburgh’s literary history mapped at the click of a button'


Membership of Professional Body

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow



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Guillaume Apollinaire

Digital Artefact
Thomson, T. (2016)
Guillaume Apollinaire
Entry for a peer-reviewed digital encyclopedia, available by subscription from Routledge online.

Palimpsest: Improving assisted curation of loco-specific literature

Journal Article
Alex, B., Grover, C., Oberlander, J., Thomson, T., Anderson, M., Loxley, J., …Zhou, K. (2016)
Palimpsest: Improving assisted curation of loco-specific literature. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 32(1), 4-16. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqw050
Text mining and information visualisation techniques applied to large-scale historical and literary document collections have enabled new types of humanities research. The ass...

Data Visualisation and the Humanities

Book Chapter
Otty, L., & Thomson, T. (2016)
Data Visualisation and the Humanities. In M. Hayler, & G. Griffin (Eds.), Research Methods for Creating and Curating Data in the Digital HumanitiesEdinburgh University Press
No abstract available.

Northern Light, Volume 6

Bouet, E. & Thomson, T. (Eds.)
(2015). Northern Light, Volume 6. ISBN 978-0955244650
A collection of original poetry, prose and drama by 2014-15 Creative Writing students at the Scottish Universities' International 
Summer School at the University Of Edinburgh...

Articulating student experience: empowering students to articulate what matters to them during the transition from college to university

Conference Proceeding
Campbell, T., Castle, K. & Thomson, T. (2015)
Articulating student experience: empowering students to articulate what matters to them during the transition from college to university. In International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference Materials, 222-230
As part of Edinburgh Napier University’s commitment to delivering a high quality transition experience to articulating students, we are undertaking a longitudinal study of the...

Lit Long: Edinburgh

Digital Artefact
Loxley, J., Oberlander, J., Reid, J., Quigley, A., Anderson, M., Alex, B., …Karaiskos, V. (2015)
Lit Long: Edinburgh
Lit Long: Edinburgh is a very large database of place-name mentions in around 550 books that use Edinburgh as a setting. We have extracted the text surrounding each mention an...

Pointed Roofs, by Dorothy Richardson

Thomson, T. & Ross, S. (Eds.). Pointed Roofs, by Dorothy Richardson. (Broadview Press). ISBN 9781551117997
The first chapter-volume of Dorothy Richardson’s thirteen-volume novel series Pilgrimage, Pointed Roofs is a coming of age story. The protagonist is Miriam Henderson, seventee...

The Tunnel, by Dorothy Richardson

Thomson, T. & Ross, S. (Eds.). The Tunnel, by Dorothy Richardson. (Broadview Press). ISBN 9781554811106
The Tunnel is the fourth volume in Dorothy Richardson’s novel series Pilgrimage. The series, set in the years 1893-1912, chronicles the life of Miriam Henderson, a “New Woman”...

Conversation, Collaboration, Credit: The Graduate Researcher in the Digital Scholarly Environment

Journal Article
Powell, D. J., Bouchard, M., Galgleish, M., Keenan, A., McLeod, A., & Thomson, T. (2012)
Conversation, Collaboration, Credit: The Graduate Researcher in the Digital Scholarly Environment. Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, 4,
The humanities are undergoing profound shifts in the nature of the processes used to produce scholarly work. As this migration to digital practices is increasingly accepted at...

The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities

Schwan, A., & Thomson, T. (Eds.)
(in press). The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan
This collection seeks to bring together some of the most recent international scholarship and developments in the interdisciplinary fields of digital and public humanities. Al...

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