Dr Johanna Green
- Lecturer (Information Studies)
Johanna Green is Lecturer in Information Studies and Co-Director of the Glasgow-wide Digital Cultural Heritage ArtsLab; she specialises in book history and digital humanities. She was on research leave during the academic year 2019-20 during which she was awarded a Visiting Research Fellow at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries; this Fellowship has since been extended due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Johanna’s research interests are in the history of text technologies, focusing on the manuscript, early printed book, and digital page as material object and cultural artefact, and the development and use of digital technologies for the elucidation of historical texts and documents. Johanna has particular interests in how public audiences access written heritage – digitally and/or within exhibition spaces – and how emerging digital tools might allow for a more immersive, sensory, and digital “hands-on” experience than has traditionally been possible. This research has been supported by an RSE workshop grant awarded in 2019 examining the digital exhibition of Archives and Special Collections, including core participants from the University of Aberdeen Archives and Special Collections, the University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow Museums, and the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; this work has also been extended into 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alongside this research, Johanna is involved in the University's Innovate UK-funded Project Mobius: Edify. She was first selected to develop one of ten Virtual Reality pathfinder apps to enable a teaching intervention not possible without immersive technology in 2018; her app delivered content relating to the history of text technologies, namely a VR early printing press. In December 2020 she was chosen to develop an Edify teaching app for a second time. This second app sees collaboration with Prof. Bill Endres (University of Oklahoma) to deliver "Virtual Codicology", bringing the study of book history and 3D images of medieval manuscripts together within a virtual environment. The resulting app will re-conceptualise how we study and research the complexities of the medieval codex and teach manuscript collation; this app begins development in 2021.
In 2020, Johanna was one of a core group of staff who worked to develop best practice in remote, object-based learning and teaching with the University's Archives and Special Collections (ASC) 'Virtual Collections Classroom' technology, installed to assist with the material distance from Collections that staff and students experienced as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic; in 2021 she won a University of Glasgow SRC Student Teaching Award for 'Best Practice in Online Learning' for this work and was also nominated and shortlisted for 'Best College Teacher' within the College of Arts for her use of this technology. During the same period, Johanna was awarded LTDF funding from the University to develop a University-wide resource sharing best practice models of experiential learning and teaching with ASC items; the resource will offer methodologies and guides for in person, digitally-augmented, and remote learning and teaching with ASC materials and - crucially - involves co-creation of curricula with Undergraduate students.
Johanna has digital humanities, textual editing, and manuscript studies experience working with a range of interdisciplinary research projects. Until it was published in 2009, she was a Section Editor for the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (OUP), and from 2009-11 she held the post of Research Assistant (formerly Project Assistant) on the Digital Humanities JISC-funded Enroller project at the University of Glasgow; in 2009 she also assisted with the Grove Encyclopaedia of Medieval Art and Architecture, published by OUP. From 2012, Johanna worked as a Research Assistant helping index The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 (University of Leicester), before being employed as a Project Assistant for the Medical Humanities AHRC-funded The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and for the Mellon-funded Manuscripts of Ælfric’s ‘Catholic Homilies’, both based at Glasgow. She then worked with the U.S.-based Livingstone Online, assisting with the first digital critical edition of Dr David Livingstone’s best-selling travelogue, Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa. From 2013-16 Johanna directed the Digital Editions and Editing: Historical Texts and Documents strand of the CLARIN-DE European Summer University in Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig, having been elected to the role by their Scientific Committee.
Johanna works closely with the University of Glasgow Library's Archives and Special Collections; she currently serves as an award panellist for the University of Glasgow Library Visiting Research Fellows scheme and from 2015-18 was a committee member of the Friends of Glasgow University Library. She is also a member of CILIP (inc. Academic & Research Libraries Group, Library & Information History Group, and Rare Books & Special Collections Group); in 2017 she was invited to join the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Special Collections Advisory Group and in 2020 was invited to consult on the development of OKRE - Opening Knowledge Across Research and Entertainment - a new charity and global hub of expertise bringing together the research sector, entertainment industries and personal lived experience, currently based at the Wellcome. Johanna has close connections to the Society of Northumbrian Scribes, based in North East England, and has run annual practical palaeography events with them since 2015. She previously lectured for the MLitt in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow, and for the School of Literature and Language (English Studies) at the University of Stirling. In 2018, Johanna was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer; she continues to balance ongoing treatment with her academic work.
- Digital materiality
- Sensory engagement with digital manuscripts / rare books
- The exhibition and communication of written heritage
- Digitally-enabled scholarship with Special Collections materials
- The history of text technologies
- Materialist philology
- Palaeography and codicology
- Digital editions and editorial theory
- The production and use of written heritage data
2020-21: Archives Unlocked: Sharing and Co-Creating Best Practice Experiential Learning and Teaching Models with Archives and Special Collections Materials. £5000.31. University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Development Fund. Dr J. M. E. Green (Glasgow, PI).
2020-21: Digitally Exhibiting Textual Heritage: Investigating the Potential of Digital Technologies for the Display of Manuscripts, Printed Books and Historical Documents. £9998.50: Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Research Workshop Award. Dr J. M. E. Green (Glasgow, PI).
2015-16: The Coming of the Book: Ingenious Digital Impressions. £3,033: Chancellor's Fund Grant. Dr J. M. E. Green (Glasgow, PI) in collaboration with Glasgow University Library Special Collections.
2015: Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts Conference. £1,535: Wellcome Trust. Dr Hannah Tweed (Glasgow, PI) with Dr J. M. E. Green and Dr Diane G. Scott (Glasgow, Co-Is).
2005-2012: Over 10 individually-funded training projects and events totalling £43,086.50. Funders: Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences and (then) Education, and the AHRC CRTI schemes.
Dr Green welcomes applications from postgraduates in any of her areas of expertise. Subjects of particular interest include:
- Book history (inc. palaeography, codicology, and materialist philology)
- Digital materiality
- Sensory engagement with digital manuscripts / rare books
- The exhibition and communication of textual heritage
- The history of text technologies, analogue to digital
- Digital editions and editorial theory
PhD Information Studies
- 2020-23: Spence, A., Archivally-Embedded Textiles, Materiality and Digitisation: Representing Full Biography and Aura for Visual-Centred Research. [Co-Supervised with Prof. Lorna Hughes and Dr Anita Quye (History of Art)].
- 2017-20: Verschuren, L., Multisensory Engagement with Medieval Museum Collections: Evaluating the Use of Digital at The Burrell. [Co-supervised with Dr Maria Economou (Glasgow), Dr Ian Ruthven (Strathclyde), Dr Martin Halvey (Strathclyde) and David Scott (Glasgow Life)]. Funded by an SGSAH Applied Research Collaboration Studentship.
MRes Information Studies
- 2017-: Cambas, T. [Co-supervised with Adele Redhead (Glasgow)].
MA (Hons.) and MSc Supervision
Dr Green also supervises MA (Hons.) Digital Media and Information Studies, MSc Information Management and Preservation, and MSc Museum Studies dissertations annually.
- Spence, Alison
Archivally-embedded textiles, digitisation and digital materiality: communicating materiality, object biography and aura for material-centred research
MSc Information Management and Preservation
- 2018: Bex, G. The Ghosts of Old Readers: Social Media, Representation and Gender in the Information Sector.
- 2018: Eagleheart, R. Making the Obscure Accessible: A Study of the Effectiveness of Script-Focused Social Media use for Engaging the Public with Archives and Special Collections.
- 2018: Mercier, K. Uncovering Hidden Libraries: The Development and Application of Fragmentology.
- 2017: Baird, C. Providing Access to the Artists' Book Collection at the Glasgow School of Art Library.
- 2017: Cambas, T. Setting the Stage: The Creation and Preservation of Shakespeare’s First Folio as a Cultural Archive.
- 2017: Roach, J. Appraisal of Rare Book Catalogue Training in the UK.
- 2017: Rowing, E. Post-Truth in Archives.
- 2016: Newman, A. K. E. Using the Archives to Understand the Library.
- 2016: Wallace, A. Forgeries in the Archives.
- 2016: Winks, E. The Western Costume Company’s Archives and Research Library.
MSc Museum Studies
- 2018: Cormany, A. Digital Presentation of Library at 50: A Research and Development Report on the University of Glasgow Library’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition. [Research and Development Placement Project Report]
- 2018: Fraser, L. Visiting Nature at Her Forge: Using Online Exhibitions to Engage Public Audiences.
- 2018: Gallacher, J. Continuing to Make an Impression: A Study of Glasgow Museums’ Seal Casts and Coins, and Potential Methods for their Exhibition.
- 2018: McLaughlin, S. Fifty Years of the Library Building: Curating an Appealing and Engaging Exhibit in a Challenging Exhibition Space. [Research and Development Placement Project Report]
- 2016: Lin, N. H. Whose Past Is It?: Ownership Rights and the Preservation Of Cultural Heritage In Taiwan.
MLitt Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- 2015: Nicolet, E. M. Birds of a Feather 'Ute Plegan Hæmedlaces' Together: A New Edition of Exeter Riddle 42, The ‘Cock and Hen’ Riddle. [Jointly supervised with Dr Kathryn A. Lowe, English Language.]
Dr Green contributes to the following courses:
- INFOSTUD1001: Digital Media & Information Studies 1A
- INFOSTUD4003: Books as New Media (Convenor)
- INFOSTUD5028: Records & Evidence (Convenor)
- INFOSTUD4030/5016: Digital Cultural Heritage (Co-Convenor)
- INFOSTUD5063: Museum Learning & Interpretation
Virtual Office Hour:
- By Appointment 2020-21
Professional activities & recognition
- 2019 - 2020: Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Media Appearances and Public Engagement
Interviews and Articles
- BBC History Magazine: Subversive Scribes and Killer Rabbits. [Published first in print and then online] (09.2020).
- National Geographic: Chance Blackbeard Discovery Reveals Pirate Reading Habits (05.01.2018)
- Atlas Obscura: The Strange and Grotesque Doodles in the Margins of Medieval Books: When the Edges take Center Stage (09.05.2017)
- BBC Radio 4, 'Today' programme: 'The Mystery of the Medieval Doodle' [highlights] (01.12.16)
- BBC Radio Scotland, 'Good Morning Scotland' programme: 'Why Read Manuscripts via their Margins?' [at: 02:19:53] (01.12.16)
- BBC Radio Wales, 'Good Morning Wales' programme: 'What Can Doodles Tell Us About History?' [at 02.26.07] (01.12.16)
Book History Social Media
- Instagram: @UofGCodicologist
Johanna is an elected member of Senate and the Senate Appeals Committee (2016-19; re-elected 2019-22).
Steering Group Member, Wellcome-Funded William Hunter’s Library: A Transcription of the Early Catalogues Project
William Hunter’s Library: A Transcription of the Early Catalogues is a one-year Wellcome Trust funded project running from November 2016 to November 2017 in Glasgow University Library Special Collections. It aims to discover the contents of Hunter’s printed book collection at the time of his death in 1783.
Member, RLUK Special Collections Advisory Group
Formed at the end of 2016, the Group works to steer RLUK’s strategy on Special Collections. Johanna became a member of the group in 2017.
Quadrivium UK Network Member: PGR and ECR Training in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Studies
Johanna is a member of the UK-wide training initiative, Quadrivium, led by the Medieval Manuscripts Research Consortium. The initiative, founded in 2004, sees collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Queen's University Belfast, St Andrews, York, Birmingham, Leicester, Kent, Sheffield, De Montfort, Newcastle and Cambridge. It seeks to provide skills and careers training to postgraduates and early career researchers in medieval and early modern textual studies.