Modelling Complex Negotiations: The Quill Project

March 10, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:00
Access Grid Room (room 277)

Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, Oxford

  • Seminar
  • No booking required
  • Open to all
  • Coffee and cakes

The Oxford e-Research Centre is pleased to welcome Dr Nicholas Cole and Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman. They will present a seminar examining the work of the Quill Project, which aims to become the definitive source available for the study of the origins of the text of the Constitution of the United States and, subsequently, state constitutions. 


This talk will examine the work of the Quill Project, a collaboration between Dr Nicholas Cole (History, Pembroke College) and Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman (Visualization, e-Research Centre). This project uses historical records to model formal processes of negotiations, such as those that wrote the Constitution of the United States or which create treaties and legislation. This ability to create these models has implications for both research and teaching, by allowing for better qualitative and quantitative analysis of negotiations.The platform emphasizes the reconstruction as closely as possible of the context within which proposals and decisions are made.

About our speakers

Dr Nicholas Cole is a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford, and a member of the History Faculty.

Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman is a Research Associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Twitter: @quill1787