I joined the Open University in 2012 as Research Associate in Digital Humanities. Previously, I worked for University College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway.
My role within The Open University is to develop research in Digital Humanities and promote collaboration and networking between Digital Humanities researchers and other parts of the University. I am also a member of the Reading Experience Database and a Consultant editor for the Open Arts Journal.
I convene the Digital Humanities in Practice seminar series at The Open University and am a co-organiser of the final conference of the Hestia project on 6 June 2014. I also edit the Digital Humanities at The Open University's blog and Twitter presence.
While in UCD, I taught courses on digital humanities and collaborated with the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) on integrating digital resources and teaching. In NUI Galway, I worked with the Thomas Moore Archive, a project of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, of which I am joint editor. For the TMA I developed a digital edition of a selection of Thomas Moore’s prose writings, and designed the web interface of the project.
My research interests are digital scholarly editions, text encoding, stylometry, the writings of Thomas Moore (1779-1852), and book history, with a focus on the role of Irish periodicals and newspapers in nineteenth-century Irish cultural nationalism.
See also my Twitter profile
- Francesca Benatti, Sean Ryder, and Justin Tonra (eds) Thomas Moore: Texts Contexts Hypertext. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2013.
- “Joining the Press-gang: Thomas Moore and the Edinburgh Review.” Francesca Benatti, Sean Ryder and Justin Tonra (eds.). Thomas Moore: Texts Contexts Hypertext. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2013.
- Francesca Benatti, Sean Ryder, and Justin Tonra (eds.) Thomas Moore Archive. Test version available at http:// www.thomasmoore.ie/. Currently being updated to version 2.0.
- “Postgraduate Education.” UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive Working Papers (2010). http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2498
- “Irish Patriots and Scottish Adventurers: the Irish Penny Journal, 1840-1.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 35, 2 (Fall 2009): 36-41.
- Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. Brake, Laurel and Marysa Demoor (eds.) London and Ghent: British Library and Academia Press, 2009. Twenty entries on Irish journals and authors, including Isaac Butt, William Carleton, Charles Gavan Duffy, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, John Mitchel and the Dublin Penny Journal
- “Land and Landscape in the Dublin Penny Journal, 1832-3.” Hooper, Glenn and Una Ní Bhroiméil (eds.) Land and Landscape in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Four Court, 2008
See also Open Research Online for futher details of Francesca Benatti's research publications.
Recent Conference Presentations
- "Digital Tools and Digital Resources for Reading the First World War". Geographies of the Book, University of Pennsylvania, July 2013
- "English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: In Search of the Author of the Christabel Review" Reconfiguring Authorship, University of Ghent, November 2012 (with Justin Tonra)
- "Who Killed Christabel? Can Authorship Attribution Solve the Case?" Digital Humanities Congress, University of Sheffield, September 2012 (with Justin Tonra)
- “Digital Research with the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive”. Innovation Dublin Festival. University College Dublin, November 2010.
- “Literary Mediascapes: The UCD IVRLA and Irish Literature”. Innovation Dublin Festival. University College Dublin, November 2010.