Discourses of Poverty 1490-1800
Principal researchers: Peter Goddard, History, and Kimberley Martin, Ridley Postdoc in Digital Humanities.
Summer 2017 Research Assistants (UG): Dylan Armstrong, Nicole Barkwill and Lara Carleton
Research into colonizer/settler attitudes and changing conceptions of poverty and their application in the Atlantic World in the age of European colonial expansion.
Research involves digital approaches (Voyant, Python) and transnational, multi-lingual database.
We use digital techniques to understand shift or dominance of linguistic schemes reflecting market/quantitative language. Project architecture seeks to link linguistic schemes related to people and to the natural world to the forms of language characteristic of early modern “explorer”/colonist avidity, and provide a new way to understand the emergence of damaging stereotypes of indigenous “poverty” in colonial North America.