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Dr Johanna Green

Dr Johanna Green

Lecturer, Information Studies



Dr Johanna Green is lecturer in book history and digital humanities for Information Studies, having completed her doctoral research in codicology and palaeography (2012) with a specific focus on the Exeter Book of Old English poetry. She has 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.

Johanna’s research interests are in 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. At present, her main research focus is a digital palaeographical study of the scribal and reading practices of the Exeter Book; a second project currently underway examines C16th children's marginal illustrations in a C15th manuscript copy of Lydgate's 'Life or Our Lady' (UofG Hunter 232 (U.3.5)). She has previously published on the materiality of the digital page. Johanna has particular interests in how the public access written heritage – digitally and/or within exhibition spaces – and how emerging digital tools might allow for a more immersive, sensory, digital “hands-on” experience than has traditionally been possible. She has close connections to the Society of Northumbrian Scribes, based in North East England, and has run a number of practical palaeography events with them since 2015.

Until it was published in 2009, Johanna 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 (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. Since 2013, Johanna has 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 Special Collections and in 2015 was appointed to the committee of the Friends of Glasgow University Library. She currently convenes the University of Glasgow Book History Group and Information Studies' research seminar series. Johanna is also a member of CILIP (inc. Academic & Research Libraries Group, Library & Information History Group, and Rare Books & Special Collections Group), and in 2017 she became a member of the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Special Collections Advisory Group.

Research and Teaching Interests

Manuscript studies and textual criticism; palaeography and codicology; materialist philology; the history of literacy; the history of text technologies; digitally enabled scholarship with medieval manuscripts; digital editions and editorial theory; sensory engagement with digital manuscripts / rare books; digital materiality; the production and use of written heritage data; the exhibition, access, and communication of written heritage.


  • Information Studies - School of Humanities, College of Arts