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Prof David Berry

Post:Professor of Digital Humanities (Media and Film, Data Intensive Science Centre at the University of Sussex)
Other posts:Professor of Social and Political Thought (Centre for Social and Political Thought)
Personal homepage:berrydm

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877557
International:+44 1273 877557

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In my work I research the theoretical and medium-specific challenges of understanding digital and computational media, particularly algorithms, software and code. My work draws on digital humanities, critical theory, political economy, social theory, software studies, and the philosophy of technology. As Professor of Digital Humanities, I am particularly interested in how computation is being incorporated into arts and humanities and social science practice. My new work examines the historical and philosophical genealogies of the notion of an "Idea of a University" and is funded by the British Academy. I sometimes blog at Stunlaw.

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Current research

  • The University
  • Critical Digital Humanities
  • Critical Reason
  • Infrasomatization, Exosomatizaton and Endosomatization

Forthcoming Publications



Selected Publications



Selected research awards, fellowships, & prizes

  • 2019 ISTeC Distinguished Lecture, Colorado State University (CSU), “History of the Concept of a University”, Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC) and the Digital Hub at Colorado State University, March 2019.
  • 2019 Winner of “Sussex Spirit” Education Award 2019 for Teaching and Learning, University of Sussex. I was also a nominee in the “Transformative Technology” category.
  • 2018 University of Oxford, Associate Member, Faculty of History, 2017/18
  • 2018 Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Visiting Fellow. 
  • 2018 University of Cambridge, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)Visiting Fellow, Easter Term, University of Cambridge.
  • 2017 University of Warwick, Visiting Academic, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM).
  • 2017 Lincoln College, University of Oxford, Visiting Scholar and Member of the Senior Common Room.
  • 2017 British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, British Academy (£143,000), Reassembling the University: The Idea of a University in a Digital Age.
  • 2017 School of Advanced Study, University of London, Visiting Fellowship 2017-18.
  • 2016 Mansfield College, University of Oxford, Visiting Fellowship 2015-16, Mansfield College, University of Oxford
  • 2014-17 Sussex Humanities Lab, Sussex Research Competition (£3 million), Co-Founder and Co-Director of University Research Centre (with Caroline Bassett, Tim Hitchcock, Sally Jane Norman, and Rachel Thomson). University of Sussex.
  • 2013 Digital Humanities at Sussex, Sussex Research Networking Fund (£1400), David Berry (PI), with Caroline Bassett (Co-I), University of Sussex.
  • 2012 University of Oslo, Yggdrasil Visiting Fellow, Digital Humanities and Software Studies, Research Council of Norway/Norges forskningsråd (104000 Kr/ £12,000), Yggdrasil fellowship - IS-MOBIL 2011-12: Digital Media: Software/Code and Social Media (PI).
  • 2010 Media and Conflict, Norwegian MFA Grant (£105,000), Principal Investigator with Dr S. J. Hansen (PI).

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
  • Member of Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) 
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
  • European Communication Research and Education Organization (ECREA)
  • The British Philosophical Association (BPA)
  • Performing Rights Society (PRS)



Professor of Digital Humanities