Shanmugapriya T

Photo of Shanmu wearing dark plastic rimmed glasses and a dark denim jacket
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bhavani Raman

Shanmugapriya T is a Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies (HCS). Her research and teaching interests include an interdisciplinary focus in the areas of digital humanities, digital environmental humanities, and digital literature and games. She is particularly interested in building and applying digital tools and technologies for Humanities research. Shanmu’s holds her PhD in Digital Humanities and Indian English Literature at Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India. She was an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK from 2020 to 2021. Previously Shanmu was a SPRAC Fellow at Lancaster University in 2019. She is the Electronic Literature Organisation Fellow 2022. She has published papers in national and international avenues such as Oxford University Press, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Routledge and Electronic Book Review etc. Shanmu is a digital artist and works with other digital artists as well. She created a digital poetry with gaming mechanics ‘The Lost Water! Remainscape? ( She collaborated with digital artist Andy Campbell for their digital poetry and digital game projects The Lost Oasis ( and The Water Cave ( and upcoming their digital game on Karur Water Tanks. Shanmu also created an interactive map of the transformation of waterbodies from British India Coimbatore to present (1916-2021) ( She developed a prototype web application called ‘Neer’ using Python to extract specific information related to the history of water from historical texts. She has coded appropriate filters and specifically calibrated this application to deal with variations in spellings in toponyms of colonial India. She teaches courses ‘Games and Play’ and ‘Reading and Unreading Digital-born Creative Works: Critical Making of Contemporary Information’ ( Shanmu offers DH workshops and research consultation for the faculties and researchers at HCS.  


  • M.A (Bharathiar University, India) 
  • Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Indore, India) 

Research and Teaching Interests

Digital Humanities, Digital Environmental Humanities and Digital Literature:  

  • Text mining,  
  • Corpus building, 
  • GIS and mapping,  
  • Interactive visualization,  
  • Geographical text analysis,  
  • Colonial and Postcolonial studies,  
  • Digital poetry and game, Creative works