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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Peter Stokes is directeur d'études en humanités numériques et computationnelles appliquées à l’étude de l’écrit ancien (approximately 'research professor in digital and computational humanities applied to historical writing') in Paris, at the École Pratique des Hautes ÉtudesUniversité PSL, Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques, Laboratoire Archéologie et Philologie d’Orient et d’Occident (AOROC, UMR 8546). His current primary research focus is on theoretical and practial questions around the description and analysis of handwriting, particularly multigraphism (the simultaneous use of different scripts or writing-systems in a given culture), particularly in medieval Europe, combining the fields of palaeography, digital humanities and computer science.

After Honours degrees in Classics and English Literature and in Computer Engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia, Peter Stokes completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge on English palaeography of the early eleventh century. He held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Palaeography at the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic in Cambridge, where he developed new methods of quantitative and computer-based palaeography, and worked at the Centre for Computing in Humanities (now Department of Digital Humanities) at King's College London on the LangScape, Anglo-Saxon Cluster and Electronic Sawyer projects before being awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council for his DigiPal: Digital Resource and Database for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic. This project, completed in September 2014, lead to two further major grants from the AHRC for collaborative projects in which he was Co-Investigator: Exon: The Domesday Survey of South-West England (with the University of Oxford), and Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government, 1100–1250 (with the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge). In 2018 he moved to Paris to take up his current professorship at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE).

Major publications include English Vernacular Minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut, circa 990 – circa 1035 (Cambridge, 2014) and DigiPal, and he has also published on name-studies, lexicography, Anglo-Saxon charters, image-processing, and digital humanities, as well as palaeography. He lectures on the PSL Masters in Digital Humanities as well as giving a Conférence (post-graduate research seminar) at the EPHE, and has lectured in palaeography and codicology, digital publishing, medieval history, and medieval Latin at King's College London, the Universities of Cambridge and of Leicester and the School of Advanced Studies in the University of London. Other professional positions include:

  • Elected to the Bureau of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine (2020–2025).
  • Professore Invitato in Paleografia, Dipartimento di Eccellenza SAGAS, Università degli Studi, Florence (Italy), April–May 2019.
  • Correspondant scientifique and, formerly, Chercheur invité (Invited Researcher) at the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes in Paris (IRHT, CNRS, UPR 841).
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Digital Humanities and King's Digital Lab, King's College London, 2018–.