Hello, my name is Kate Simpson, I am a Project Scholar for Livingstone Online, a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and I recently submitted my PhD on imperial adventure romance novelist H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925). ‘H. Rider Haggard, Theophilus Shepstone and the Zikali trilogy: A Revisionist Approach to Haggard’s African Fiction.’
I have spent many a long hour transcribing David Livingstone’s journals for Livingstone Online, assembling and generating metadata for images and digital copies of letters, diaries, photographs, and manuscripts. In my work I draw meaning from the Livingstone digital archive, the historiography of the archive, its format, and the literary geopolitics of Livingstone’s words. I am actively involved in digital outreach for the David Livingstone project, from teaching children deep reading skills to understanding how light waves can be used to manipulate images.
My research is focused on transnational influences in disparate cultures in the long nineteenth century. From David Livingstone’s phonetic transcriptions of native Central and Southern African languages to Haggard’s mythologizing of Zulu history, how cultures interacted with each other is at the heart of what I do, although I am acutely aware I am only ever looking from the dominant English-language point of view.
My passion for the digital humanities also focuses on areas of interaction: I am interested in what is happening in the space between technical (or digital) humanities narratives and the physical book. It is the space between things and what happens in that space that will come to explain digital humanities, nodes of interaction in a massive humanities network (well that’s what I think, and hope to have thoroughly discussed by the end of my week curating!).
I am @kilmunbooks on twitter, where you will find me talking about the long nineteenth century, archives and digital pedagogies, and whatever else interests me in that particular moment! Finally, I’m a vinyl junkie, and love nothing better than the inconvenience of getting up from my desk every 25 minutes to turn the tunes over.