Biography

Lorna-Jane Richardson is Lecturer in Digital Humanities, and specialises in digital heritage, digital ethics, and social media research methods. She is an archaeologist by training, with a special interest in digital forms of archaeology and digital public engagement with heritage.

From 2019-2021, Lorna is Co-I, alongside the University of Umea, Sweden on a research project 'The Endo Project' funded by the Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond. This project is a case study of how people suffering from endometriosis use the internet and social media to cope with their condition. The case study relates to a broader research interest in how embodied health movements, are using the affordances of digital media to enable user-driven forms of knowledge gathering, and knowledge production, as well as peer-support practices.  In this project, we approach the active and emergent endometriosis patient community online as an example of what we call a “digitally embodied patient movement”. This project contributes to the scholarly understanding of experiential collective knowledge production, as well as the function of self-organised peer support practices through social media for sufferers of chronic illnesses

Her current archaeological academic research explores the ways in which digital technologies support wider access to, and create, discuss and repurpose expert archaeological knowledge in non-expert online platforms and communities. Her recent research examines the ways through which digital communications promote lay knowledge and lived experience of the past. She is interested in the interface between digital communications, social media and concepts of elitism and academic and professional expertise, and how digital media can support, exclude and contain alternative ideas and archaeological interpretations. She works predominantly with data drawn from public digital discussions of archaeological sites, ancient DNA and material culture.

She would welcome applications for postgraduate supervision on any of these subjects, or any digital humanities related topic.

She has a PhD in Information Studies (2014), funded by the AHRC, from the Centre for Digital Humanities at UCL, titled 'Public Archaeology in a Digital Age'. She also has an MA in Public Archaeology and a BA in Medieval Archaeology from UCL's Institute for Archaeology. Prior to joining the UEA in September 2018, Lorna worked as an AHRC Creative Economy Research Fellow at the University of York, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Digital Social Studies Unit, Department of Sociology at the University of Umea, Sweden, and as an AHRC funded visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge Museums.

She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of the Association of Internet Researchers, and is an Ethics Officer for the Computer Applications in Archaeology International.

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