Dr Lisa Otty (MA, MSC, PhD)

Acting Director of the Centre for Data, Culture & Society

  • Centre for Data, Culture & Society
  • Edinburgh Futures Institute

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3.05 56 George Square

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I lead the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society, a specialist hub for data-led and applied computational methods across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  I am responsible for the Centre's strategic direction and operations, and part of the  senior management team within the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Since completing my PhD in 2009, I have held a variety of roles in Higher Education, both professional and academic. Before moving to the Centre, I established and led a team of Digital Research Facilitators within Information Services. Prior to that, I was a Project Officer at EDINA, a national data centre and centre for digital excellence based at the University of Edinburgh. I worked on bibliographic and multimedia projects, and I was responsible for managing the Statistical Accounts of Scotland, a service that makes a set of over 900 fascinating historical texts available for researchers to search, analyse and engage with online.

I previously held a short-term lectureship in Digital Humanities in the School of Languages, Literature and Cultures and remain an affiliate of the  Centre for the History of the Book, where I was based during an AHRC fellowship.  I was also an AHRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition at the University of Dundee.


Research summary

Professional Articles

  • Burnhill, Peter and Lisa Otty, Is it too late to ensure continuity of access to the scholarly record? Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences: 2015 IATUL Proceedings: Paper 6. Purdue E-Pubs, Purdue. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/iatul/2015/ddp/
  • Otty, L. and Tara Thomson. ‘Data Visualization’ in Research Methods for Digital Humanities: Digital Data Analysis. Eds. G. Griffin & M. Hayler. Edinburgh University Press, 2015.
  • Otty, L. ‘Stewardship and preservation of e-journals: what is the role of the academic library?’ Where is the Library? NOWAL Conference, July 2015, Manchester UK


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Chapters

  • ‘Small Press Surrealism: Collaboration, Exchange and the Limited Edition Book’ in The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013.
  • “‘An Eccentric Homespun Avant-gardist’: Modernism, Britain and Hugh MacDiarmid”, Avant-garde Centre-Periphery, Eds. Per Backstrom and Hubert Van den Berg. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013.
  • with Andrew Roberts ‘“Dim-conceived Glories of the Brain”: Literature, Science and Ambiguity’ Culture, Theory and Critique, Taylor and Francis (online 14th Dec 2012, print forthcoming August 2013).
  • with Andrew Roberts, Martin Fischer and Jane Stabler. ‘Space and Pattern in Linear and Postlinear Poetry: Empirical and Theoretical Approaches’ European Journal of English Studies Special Issue: Visual Text No.17 2013.
  • with Andrew Roberts, Martin Fischer and Anna Katharina Schaffner. ‘Creative Practice and Experimental Method in Electronic Literature and Human Experimental Psychology’, Forthcoming in dichtung-digital, special issue on Electronic Literature Communities, Part II (Summer 2012).
  • “I’ll be your mirror: Re-writing Resistance with Andy Warhol.”  Media and Materiality in the Neo-Avant-Garde. eds Jesper Olsson and Jonad Ingvarsson. Peter Lang, 2012.
  • ‘Inhuman Bodies: Humanism, Automatism and Andy Warhol’s a; a novel’ in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Journal of the National Association of Humanities Education. Special Issue: Technoculture. 24.1 (Spring 2007). Lafayette: University of Louisiana.
  • ‘Avant-Garde Aesthetics: Kitsch, Intensity and the Work of Art’ in Litteraria Pragensia 16.32 (December 2006). Prague: Charles University Press.
  • ‘The No Man Show: Technology and the Extension of Presence in the Work of Andy Warhol.’ Published in Esharp: Electronic Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Review for Post-graduates 5 (Summer 2005) <http://www.sharp.arts.gla.ac.uk/issue5.php&gt; July 2005.



  • Review: BOHN, WILLARD. Reading Visual Poetry. Forum for Modern Language Studies 2011; doi: 10.1093/fmls/cqr050
  • “Aesthetic Theory.” Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary Theory (Vol. 2: 1966 to the Present). Ed. Robert Eagleston. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009.


Art/Curation Writing

  • ‘Incarnations’, & Labels, Special Issue: Materiality and Metaphysics.  Duncan of Jordanstone: Dundee, October 2012
  • Co-editor of & Labels, Special Issue: Materiality and Metaphysics.  Duncan of Jordanstone: Dundee, October 2012.
  • ‘Exhibiting the Written Word’ (Best Practice Document) Edinburgh University / National Library of Scotland, 2011.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

  • Scotland's National Collections and the Digital Humanities, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2014
  • Poetry, Politics and Print, AHRC Early Career Research Fellowship  Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh, 2012 – 2013 
  • Making Our Connections: Collaboration, Community and the Exhibition of the Written Word, AHRC Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, 2011 – 2012  
  • The Archive of Reading, AHRC Research Associate, University of Dundee, 2011    
  •  Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition, AHRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Dundee2009 – 2011