Matthew Milner

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I am currently an Academic Associate and Lecturer in the Department of History, lecturer in the Faculty of Religious Studies, and affiliated with the McGill Library (Digital Initiatives). As Assistant Director of the McGill Centre for Digital Humanities, much of my time is devoted to assisting the development of the Centre, its day to day operations, and the wider DH Community across the Centre’s seven Partner Faculties. Until 2010 I was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and Early Modern Studies with the SSHRC funded MCRI project, Making Publics ( As an historian my work focuses on the cultural and intellectual histories of sense perception and physiology and their relationship to religious, medical, and proto-scientific life in fifteenth and sixteenth-century England. My first monograph, The Senses and the English Reformation, was published in March 2011. I have also published articles and essays in The Senses and Religion in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2012), The Cultural History of the Senses: The Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2014), and the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (March, 2013), and edited a collection with Torrance Kirby Mediating religious cultures in early modern Europe(Cambridge Scholars, 2013).

As a digital historian my work focuses on collaborative research environments and thinking through better ways to manage humanistic data. At the moment my attention is entirely on historical social networking, in particular modelling events and historical interactions as the basic unit of such networks. Much of this work draws on Making Publics, but also on cultural network theory and the grant I held in 2012. I’m in the process of finalizing the first prototype of an historical social networking tool called ‘NanoHistory’ which will allow scholars to navigate linked open data, and integrate it with their own research using a networked event model my team developed in 2012. This work is also related to the development of a new timeline teaching tool for the large scale history courses here at McGill, which I’m calling ‘Storea’ for the time being ( For more information on my work, please see my website.