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25th February 2015, 1:31pm
Lincoln welcomes Blake specialist to head School of English and Journalism
Professor Jason Whittaker An academic and journalist who specialises in the study of the great Romantic poet William Blake has joined the University of Lincoln, UK.

Professor Jason Whittaker has been appointed Head of Lincoln’s School of English & Journalism. He joins from the University of Falmouth, where he held posts as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Head of the Department of Writing and Interim Director of the School of Writing and Journalism.

Professor Whittaker’s research focuses on the posthumous reception of William Blake, particularly since the Second World War. William Blake was a 19th century writer and artist who, although largely unrecognised during his lifetime, is regarded as a seminal figure of the Romantic Age. Blake was the subject of Professor Whittaker’s doctoral studies and his five books, including Blake, Modernity and Popular Culture (Palgrave 2007), Blake 2.0: William Blake and Twentieth Century Art, Music and Culture (Palgrave 2012) and William Blake and the Digital Humanities (Routledge 2013).

The influence of contemporary digital technologies on journalism and publishing is another key research interest.

With more than 15 years’ experience as a technology journalist, Professor Whittaker has published widely on magazine and web journalism. After completing his PhD in English at the University of Birmingham, he became editor of the computer magazine PC Advisor. His writing has also appeared in publications such as Digit, PC World Magazine and Times Higher Education.

Professor Whittaker said: “I am excited to be joining the University of Lincoln, which is renowned for the quality of its research and practice in English and Journalism, industry-standard news production facilities and extensive opportunities and connections in the journalism and broadcasting industries.

“At my previous institution I launched a successful writers in residence programme, and I am extremely interested in exploring ways in which creative and professional writing, as well as publishing activities, can develop in the School of English & Journalism here at Lincoln.”

Professor Whittaker is a Member of the British Association of Romanticism, the Blake Society and the AHRC Peer Review Council.

Professor Matthew Cragoe, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln, said: “I am delighted that Jason will be joining us. He is a distinguished scholar and academic with an exciting vision for the School, and his experience will make him a valuable asset for the College of Arts.”

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