Works in Process
The Long Land War
The Long Land War tells the story of global struggles over land and water since the struggles kicked off by simultaneous land reform movements and land wars in Ireland, Scotland, and India in the 1880s. The story begins with a synthetic overview of land reform movements in the longue durée. which profiles three moments in the history of property: the Irish Land Court of 1881 and its invention of rent control, the ideology of “squatting” in post 1940 Britain, and the creation of the “participatory map” for contesting legal boundaries in Britain and India in the 1970s and 80s.
- Portions already published:
- Ch. 12, “Participatory Mapping,” was printed in January 2017 at Public Culture
- Ch. 11, “Global Squatterdom,” is being scheduled for publication at Humanity
- The second half of Chapter 11 has been requested for a special edition of New Global History (due January 2018)
- Ch. 6, “Goldwin Smith and Land Restitution,” is in circulation (headed next to Victorian Studies)
- A new chapter, “The Valuers’ Tale,” written in the summer of 2017 on the basis of work in the Dublin archives, is in preparation for circulation to The Journal of British Studies.
Land & Water in the Longue Durée
An edited volume on Land & Water in the Longue Durée has been commissioned by Tom Summerhill for an edited series at Michigan State University Press, “Global Studies in Rural Peoples, Movements, and Sustainable Systems.” The book is based on a conference in Fall 2015. I will co-edit the book with a Brown graduate student in sociology, Michael Murphy, who helped with the conference.
- Nine chapters have been solicited and abstracts were collected in July 2016.
- We are presently working on an introduction and official proposal
Digital Text Mining Projects
Digital Land Wars is an ongoing research project in collaboration with a data science team at Brown University, headed by Mark Howison. The project is designed to create:
- Ongoing opportunities for teaching textmining (for instance, the DCII graduate student seminar)
- Occasional co-authored publications
- Potentially, publications about the language of c19 property
- Publications about methodology, including a digital history methods textbook
- Opportunities to apply for institution-building grants to support graduate student research and institution- building on campus
- A new software toolkit designed specifically for historians of nineteenth-century British parliament and similar longue-duree digital corpora
Thus far, I have prepared several journal articles:
- “Dissimilarity as Method” has received a request for revision and resubmission from the Journal of Cultural Analytics
- “Text Mining Hansard for Technology” has been submitted to Technology and Culture
- “Topic Modeling Hansard for Social History” is in preparation upon the request of the editors of Critical Inquiry (due October 2017)