Dr Justin Tonra

B.A.,M.A.,Ph.D

Contact Details

University Fellow(Teaching and Research)
Room 303, Tower 1
English
School of Humanities
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 2566
E: justin.tonra@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Justin Tonra completed his undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. He received an MA in Modern English Literature at University College Dublin, and completed his doctorate on the poetry of Thomas Moore at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway.

He worked as a Research Associate on Transcribe Bentham, a project to crowdsource transcriptions of the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, at University College London, and has completed periods of postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia and NUI Galway. He is currently writing a book on Thomas Moore and literary-critical methodologies, and working on a number of digital humanities projects, including Ossian Online.

Justin’s research and teaching interests are in digital humanities, book history, textual studies and bibliography, scholarly editing, and nineteenth-century literature. He is co-convenor of the Digital Scholarship Seminar at NUI Galway.

Research Interests

Digital humanities, book history, textual studies, bibliography, scholarly editing, nineteenth-century literature, Romanticism, English literature, Irish literature, literary hermeneutics, authorship, paratexts, print culture, publishing history, text-mining and data analytics.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: a Stylometric Analysis of Thomas Moore and the Christabel Review'
Benatti, Francesca; Tonra, Justin (2015) 'English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: a Stylometric Analysis of Thomas Moore and the Christabel Review'. Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, (3) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Masks of Refinement: Pseudonym, Paratext, and Authorship in the Early Poetry of Thomas Moore'
Tonra, Justin (2014) 'Masks of Refinement: Pseudonym, Paratext, and Authorship in the Early Poetry of Thomas Moore'. European Romantic Review, 25 (5):551-573 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Transcription Maximized; Expense Minimized? Crowdsourcing and Editing The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham'
Causer, Tim; Tonra, Justin; Wallace, Valerie (2012) 'Transcription Maximized; Expense Minimized? Crowdsourcing and Editing The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham'. Literary And Linguistic Computing, 27 (2):119-137 [Details]
(2011) 'Manuscript Transcription by Crowdsourcing: Transcribe Bentham'
Moyle, Martin; Tonra, Justin; Wallace, Valerie (2011) 'Manuscript Transcription by Crowdsourcing: Transcribe Bentham'. LIBER Quarterly, 20 (3/4):347-356 [Details]
(2009) 'Textual Studies and the TEI: Encoding Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh'
Tonra, Justin (2009) 'Textual Studies and the TEI: Encoding Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh'. Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie, 8 :25-36 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Annotation and the Social Edition'
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2016) 'Annotation and the Social Edition' In: A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2013) 'Googling Thomas Moore'
Tonra, Justin (2013) 'Googling Thomas Moore' In: Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2013) 'Introduction'
Benatti, Francesca; Tonra, Justin (2013) 'Introduction' In: Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2012) ''CASE STUDY Transcribe Bentham: Crowdsourcing in Practice' in Claire Ross, 'Social Media for Digital Humanities and Community Engagement''
Causer, Tim; Tonra, Justin; Wallace, Valerie (2012) ''CASE STUDY Transcribe Bentham: Crowdsourcing in Practice' in Claire Ross, 'Social Media for Digital Humanities and Community Engagement'' In: Digital Humanities in Practice. London: Facet Publishing. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) AHA!-Workshop 2014 on Information Discovery in Text
Aggarwal, Nitish; Tonra, Justin; Buitelaar, Paul (2014) Using Distributional Semantics to Trace Influence and Imitation in Romantic Orientalist Poetry . In: Akbik, Alan; Visengeriyeva, Larysa eds. AHA!-Workshop 2014 on Information Discovery in Text Dublin, Ireland, , 23-AUG-14 , pp.43-47 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2015) Digital Humanities - Ireland's Opportunity.
Smeaton, Alan; Collins, Sandra; Harrower, Natalie; Murphy, Orla; Greene, Derek; Keane, Mark; Brennan, Rob; Feeney, Kevin; Tonra, Justin; Wade, Karen; Kelleher, Margaret; Bordea, Georgeta; Webb, Sharon; Wade, Vincent; Breathnach, Ciara; Oberlander, Jon; Byrne, Tara; O'Connor, Noel, Schreibman, Susan; Fitzpatrick, Siobhan; O'Connell, Claire (2015) Digital Humanities - Ireland's Opportunity. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Thomas Moore: Text, Contexts, Hypertext.
Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean; Tonra, Justin (Ed.). (2013) Thomas Moore: Text, Contexts, Hypertext Thomas Moore: Text, Contexts, Hypertext. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) The Future of the Contemporary: An International Colloquium,
Tonra, Justin (2016) Twitter and Contemporary Literature. [Invited Paper], The Future of the Contemporary: An International Colloquium, University College Dublin , 26-FEB-16 - 26-FEB-16. [Details]
(2016) 2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities,
Tonra, Justin (2016) 2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities. [Program Committee], 2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities, Trinity College Dublin , 25-MAY-16 - 25-MAY-16. [Details]
(2016) British and Irish Print Networks: Print Networks Annual Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2016) Print Networks Annual Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], British and Irish Print Networks: Print Networks Annual Conference, NUI Galway , 11-JUL-16 - 12-JUL-16. [Details]
(2015) IASIL2015: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Annual Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2015) Truckle to Tithe-mongers: Thomas Moore’s Textual Reconciliations. [Conference Paper], IASIL2015: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Annual Conference, University of York, UK , 20-JUL-15 - 24-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) New Approaches to Ossian Symposium,
Tonra, Justin (2015) Ossian Online: 'Many more remains of ancient genius'. [Oral Presentation], New Approaches to Ossian Symposium, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 04-SEP-15 - 04-SEP-15. [Details]
(2015) Digital Material Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2015) Digital Material. [Organising Chair], Digital Material Conference, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 21-MAY-15 - 22-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) DARIAH Ireland Launch,
Tonra, Justin (2015) “Social Editing and the Crowd”. [Oral Presentation], DARIAH Ireland Launch, Maynooth University, Ireland , 18-MAY-15 - 18-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) IASIL2015: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Annual Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2015) Roundtable Discussion on Digital Humanities and Irish Studies. [Oral Presentation], IASIL2015: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Annual Conference, University of York, UK , 20-JUL-15 - 24-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) New Approaches to Ossian Symposium,
Tonra, Justin (2015) New Approaches to Ossian Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], New Approaches to Ossian Symposium, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 04-SEP-15 - 04-SEP-15. [Details]
(2015) BARS2015: International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies,
Tonra, Justin (2015) Orientalising the Angels: Thomas Moore's Reactionary Muse. [Conference Paper], BARS2015: International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, Cardiff University, UK , 16-JUL-15 - 19-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) DH2015: Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations,
Tonra, Justin (2015) Crowdsourcing Texts of Many Dimensions. [International Refereed Conference], DH2015: Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, University of Western Sydney, Australia , 29-JUN-15 - 03-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) Macpherson's Ossian Legacy Conference,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2015) Ossian Online: A Digital Resource for Macpherson’s Ossian. [Conference Paper], Macpherson's Ossian Legacy Conference, Kingussie, Scotland , 18-APR-15 - 19-APR-15. [Details]
(2015) ASECS: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2015) Carefully Corrected / Mutilated Mess: Ossian's Textual Legacies. [International Refereed Conference], ASECS: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, United States , 19-MAR-15 - 22-MAR-15. [Details]
(2014) Reading and Identity Conference,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) Reading Nations, Debating Identities: New Approaches to Macpherson’s Ossian. [Conference Paper], Reading and Identity Conference, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland , 26-AUG-14 - 26-AUG-14. [Details]
(2014) Experimental Interfaces for Reading 2.0 Conference,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Kelly, David; Tonra, Justin (2014) Ossian Online: Crowdsourcing Annotation and the Social Edition. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Experimental Interfaces for Reading 2.0 Conference, Chicago, USA , 18-SEP-14 - 18-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014) School of Humanities Research Day,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) Ossian Online: Building a Collaborative Research Environment. [Conference Paper], School of Humanities Research Day, NUI Galway , 30-APR-14 - 30-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) DH2014: Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) Crowdsourcing Annotation and the ‘Social Edition’: Ossian Online. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], DH2014: Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, Lausanne, Switzerland , 09-JUL-14 - 12-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) The Edition as Argument, 1550-1750 Conference,,
Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin (2014) For the Sake of Argument: Crowdsourcing Annotation of Macpherson’s Ossian. [Conference Paper], The Edition as Argument, 1550-1750 Conference,, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK , 17-JUL-14 - 17-JUL-14. [Details]
(2013) New Voices Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2013) The Contraband of Hibernia. [Conference Paper], New Voices Conference, NUI Maynooth , 15-JUN-13 - 15-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013) The Limits of the Archive: Classification, Management, Digitization symposium,
Tonra, Justin (2013) Manuscript Transcription: the Habits of Crowds. [Conference Paper], The Limits of the Archive: Classification, Management, Digitization symposium, University College Cork , 16-MAY-13 - 16-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013) New DIrections in Thomas Moore Research conference,
Tonra, Justin (2013) Of Little Consequence: the Early Career of Thomas Moore. [Conference Paper], New DIrections in Thomas Moore Research conference, Queen's University Belfast , 03-MAY-13 - 03-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013) School of Humanities Research Day,
Tonra, Justin (2013) Poetry by the Book, Poetry by Numbers. [Conference Paper], School of Humanities Research Day, NUI Galway , 20-MAY-13 - 20-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012) Digital Humanities Congress,
Benatti, Francesca; Tonra, Justin (2012) “Who Killed Christabel? Can Authorship Attribution Solve the Case?”. [Conference Paper], Digital Humanities Congress, University of Sheffield , 09-SEP-12 - 09-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012) ASECS: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,
Tonra, Justin (2012) “The Common Property of All Mankind: The Politics of Reprinting In Ireland and America.”. [Conference Paper], ASECS: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, San Antonio, USA , 21-MAR-12 - 24-MAR-12. [Details]
(2012) Reconfiguring Authorship Conference,
Benatti, Francesca; Tonra, Justin (2012) “English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: In Search of the Author of the Christabel Review.”. [Conference Paper], Reconfiguring Authorship Conference, Ghent University, Belgium , 18-NOV-12 - 18-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011) BARS Romantic Identities Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2011) “‘Masks of Refinement’: Pseudonymous and Public Personae in the Early Poetry of Thomas Moore”. [Conference Paper], BARS Romantic Identities Conference, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK , 13-MAY-11 - 13-MAY-11. [Details]
(2010) Textual Scholarship Seminar,
Schofield, Philip; Tonra, Justin (2010) “Transcription Maximized; Expense Minimized: Crowdsourcing and Editing The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham”. [Invited Paper], Textual Scholarship Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London , 12-OCT-10 - 12-OCT-10. [Details]
(2009) Society for Textual Scholarship International Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2009) “A Digital Edition of Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh (1817)”. [Conference Paper], Society for Textual Scholarship International Conference, New York University, USA , 19-MAR-09 - 20-MAR-09. [Details]
(2008) Society for Textual Scholarship International Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2008) “A Text Without a Country, or, What are the Boundaries of an Electronic Edition?”. [Conference Paper], Society for Textual Scholarship International Conference, Boston University, USA , 13-MAR-08 - 14-MAR-08. [Details]
(2008) TEI Members Meeting,
Rehbein, Malte; Tonra, Justin (2008) “Encoding Genetic Editions: Two Case Studies”. [Conference Paper], TEI Members Meeting, King’s College London, UK , 06-NOV-08 - 06-NOV-08. [Details]
(2007) Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference,
Tonra, Justin (2007) “Reading Electronic Texts”. [Conference Paper], Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference, University College Cork , 18-APR-07 - 18-APR-07. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
(2015) Teaching Romanticism XIII: James Macpherson’s Ossian.
Lindfield-Ott, Kristin; Mulholland, James; Tonra, Justin (2015) Teaching Romanticism XIII: James Macpherson’s Ossian. Cardiff University: Blog [Details]
(2015) Social Media and Contemporary Authorship.
Tonra, Justin (2015) Social Media and Contemporary Authorship. University College Dublin: Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2014) New Life for The Dead. Rev. of James Joyce - The Dead, ed. Gerardine Meaney.
Tonra, Justin (2014) New Life for The Dead. Rev. of James Joyce - The Dead, ed. Gerardine Meaney. Book Review [Details]
(2014) Rev. of The Shadow-Line: A Confession, ed. J. H. Stape and Allan H. Simmons, intro. Owen Knowles.
Tonra, Justin (2014) Rev. of The Shadow-Line: A Confession, ed. J. H. Stape and Allan H. Simmons, intro. Owen Knowles. Book Review [Details]
(2013) Rev. of Ireland and Romanticism: Publics, Nations and Scenes of Cultural Production, ed. Jim Kelly.
Tonra, Justin (2013) Rev. of Ireland and Romanticism: Publics, Nations and Scenes of Cultural Production, ed. Jim Kelly. Book Review [Details]
(2013) Rev. of How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain, by Leah Price.
Tonra, Justin (2013) Rev. of How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain, by Leah Price. Book Review [Details]
(2013) How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain.
Tonra, J (2013) How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
(2013) Rev. of British Periodicals and Romantic Identity: The Literary Lower Empire, by Mark Schoenfield.
Tonra, Justin (2013) Rev. of British Periodicals and Romantic Identity: The Literary Lower Empire, by Mark Schoenfield. Book Review [Details]
(2011) Rev. of Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters, ed. Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker.
Tonra, Justin (2011) Rev. of Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters, ed. Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker. Book Review [Details]
(2011) Rev. of The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online, ed. John van Wyhe.
Tonra, Justin (2011) Rev. of The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online, ed. John van Wyhe. Book Review [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
(2008) Lalla Rookh. The Literary Encyclopedia.
Tonra, Justin (2008) Lalla Rookh. The Literary Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
(2008) Thomas Moore. The Literary Encyclopedia.
Tonra, Justin (2008) Thomas Moore. The Literary Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2015) Collaboration and the Crowd in Digital Scholarly Editing.
Tonra, Justin (2015) Collaboration and the Crowd in Digital Scholarly Editing. Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities, University of Passau: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2014) Bad Books: On the Value of Error and Imperfection.
Tonra, Justin (2014) Bad Books: On the Value of Error and Imperfection. Special Collections Lunchtime Lectures, NUI Galway: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2014) Ossian Online: Building an Interdisciplinary Research Environment.
Tonra, Justin (2014) Ossian Online: Building an Interdisciplinary Research Environment. Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University: Invited Lectures [Details]
(2012) Forcing Serendipity: Computing and Literary Criticism.
Tonra, Justin (2012) Forcing Serendipity: Computing and Literary Criticism. An Foras Feasa Digital Humanities Research Seminar, NUI Maynooth: Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
(2016) Many more remains of ancient genius: Editing James Macpherson's Ossian.
Tonra, Justin (2016) Many more remains of ancient genius: Editing James Macpherson's Ossian. School of English, Drama, and Film Faculty Research Seminar, University College Dublin: Invited Seminars [Details]
(2016) Social Media and Academia.
Tonra, Justin (2016) Social Media and Academia. EDEN: English and Drama Exchange Network, NUI Galway: Invited Seminars [Details]

Teaching Interests

Digital humanities, book history, textual studies, scholarly editing, Irish literature, postmodern fiction.

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2016 Text Technologies EN6108 MA / PhD seminar module
2015 Introduction to Digital Humanities EN6105 MA / PhD seminar module
2015-16 Literature of the Internet EN3013/EN3104 BA seminar module (3rd year)
2013-16 Digital Humanities ENG235 BA seminar module (3rd year)
2013-14 Book History EN570 MA / PhD seminar module
2013-16 Modernism/Postmodernism EN302 BA lecture module (3rd year)
2013-15 Irish Literature in English Before 1900 ENG214 BA lecture module (2nd year)
2013-14 Humanities Tools and Methodologies DA803 Structured PhD seminar module
2013-14 Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities DA801 Structured PhD seminar module
2012-14 Textual Histories: Materiality and Meaning ENG244 BA seminar module (3rd year)
2006-10; 2012-15 Textual Studies: Problems in the History and Materiality of Texts. EN563 MA / PhD seminar module
2008-09 Contemporary Irish Poetry EN404 BA seminar module (3rd year)
2007-09 Twentieth-Century American Short Stories EN427 BA seminar module (3rd year)
2007-09 Young Ireland to the Free State: Writing in English, 1849-1922 IS105 MA seminar module
2007 The Politics of Modernity: Writing in English, 1922 to the present IS108 MA seminar module

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators
Dr Rebecca Anne Barr and Mr David Kelly, NUI Galway. Ossian Online project. Dr Paul Buitelaar and Mr Nitish Aggarwal, Insight at NUI Galway. Imitation and Influence in Romantic Orientalist Poetry project.

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
External Collaborators
Dr Francesca Benatti, Open University. Authorship Attribution of the Christabel Review project.Natural Language Processing for Digital Humanities in Ireland.