The initial aims of the Centre are:


* using the internet, the creation of the Centre as an international portal that offers specialist advice on all aspects of prosopography, including data-modelling and software options, and helps to pool expertise by offering ways for groups or individuals to find collaborators in other parts of the world 

* a comprehensive review, with specific objectives and outcomes, of the development of prosopography to date, and

* the development of  a range of teaching programmes for graduates wanting to use prosopography in their research


The intended outcomes of these aims are:


i. The use of the website as a hub through which information about prosopography and prosopographers can be sought and disseminated


ii. Guide to the Development and Practice of Prosopography in Historical Research will be the principle product of the review and will be launched at a conference to be held in July 2005.  A synthesis for specialists, and entry-point for newcomers, it will also form an essential reference work for any taught course. Deliverable in both printed and electronic form, it will start by examining the history of prosopography in the past 100 years, tracing the evolution of prosopography as a research methodology and the way it has adapted to the evolution of newer methodologies or techniques, such as different applications of computer-based technologies.  It will contain a fully searchable bibliographie raisonée.


A particular emphasis of the manual will be on data modelling. It will assess the different approaches with a view to offering advice on a range of issues, such as how and when prosopography can be applied and discussion of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Much of this will relate to good practice, such as determining whether there are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of working, or whether the point is really the optimization of a range of alternatives suitable for different types of project. An account of the type and range of computer options available will be provided.


iii. Development of teaching programmes through consultation in network, summer school and seminars, including recommendations for options in existing Masters degrees, as well as short courses (both in person and through e-learning) for overseas students.


We shall be soliciting case studies from existing projects. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions to put to us concerning our aims, please send us an email. We shall be glad to hear your views.


Page last updated 25 February 2005.