She has a long-standing research interest in the digital humanities and their application to literary studies. From 2001-3 she was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Early Modern Italian and New Media at Brown University, USA, working on the NEH-funded Decameron Web site and its successor, the Virtual Humanities Lab. She is the Principal Investigator for the Manchester Digital Dante project, a British Academy Project which digitised culturally significant editions of Dante's Divine Comedy held in the University of Manchester's Special Collections.
She was also lead academic on the award-winning Jisc-funded SCARLET Project (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching), which developed a mobile app to allow students to integrate iconic material from the University's special collections into their learning and teaching.
Her book The English Boccaccio: A History in Books is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in 2013, and she is one of the editors of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio. She is also one of the co-organisers of the 2013 Boccaccio anniversary events in the UK, which include a major exhibition and international conference at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, with associated events at the British Library and Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies in London.
Senior Lecturer in Italian
The University of Manchester
Guyda Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester. She specialises in medieval Italian literature, especially Boccaccio, and its diffusion and reception across languages and cultures from the medieval period to the present day. She now works primarily in the field of the history (and the future) of the book, with an interdisciplinary approach which combines textual and material studies, with translation and the digital humanities.