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

  • Scottish Network for Modernist Studies Symposium (co-organiser)
  • ‘These letters weren’t meant for you’: I Love Dick and the Avant-Garde on TV
  • Roundtable: ‘We Editors’
  • 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
  • Cultural Engagement Research Fellowship: Lit Long: Edinburgh
  • AHRC Research Fellowship: Palimpsest: Literary Edinburgh project
  • British Library Lab Award: Research Award runner-up


Invited Speaker

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


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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