Nominations for 2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

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Award Description:

This award is given for an exemplary project or publication by a Canadian researcher, or a researcher at a Canadian institution, or a team based at Canadian institution. It recognizes a major contribution to the field of digital humanities, broadly conceived, by a Canadian researcher or team of researchers, or a researcher or team based at a Canadian institution, in the form of a recent scholarly publication or published software or tool contribution.

The scholarship may take the form of a traditional scholarly publication or a significant piece of software development in the form of a prototype, a tool, an application, web resource or web service, piece of digital infrastructure or result of fabrication.

The publication or creation for which the award will be made may relate to any area of the digital humanities, and should constitute a substantial advance in the field, whether theoretical, critical, or applied, and may take the form of print or online publications, a design portfolio, prototypes, or a production system.

The award will be given for work that, in the opinion of the CSDH/SCHN Award Committee, constitutes a landmark contribution to the field.

Nature of award:

  • A plaque, and an award citation which will be posted on the CSDH/SCHN website;
  • Award presentation at the AGM if the recipient(s) is/are in attendance

Please note, the Awards Committee would appreciate a short (10 min) presentation on the subject of the award at the annual AGM to take place in Toronto, on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. Personal attendance is not required.


  • Criteria for eligibility: The recipient may be at any stage of her or his career. The scholarship may take the form of a traditional scholarly publication or a significant piece of software development in the form of a prototype, a tool, an application, web resource or web service, piece of digital infrastructure or result of fabrication. It may be produced by a team or a single scholar; the team or scholar should be based at a Canadian institution or the scholar or leader/principal investigator of the team must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The recipient need not be affiliated with an institution.
  • Normally the award will be made to a work of scholarship or software published within the previous 24 months. (i.e in 2015 or 2016)
  • Supporting documentation: access to contribution or projects may be requested if not readily accessible.
  • Adjudication will be on the basis of the single publication or creation alone, irrespective of other achievements by the researcher or team to date.

Nomination process:

  • details of the contribution and how to locate or access it
  • contact information for the nominee;
  • contact information for the nominator, if it is not a self-nomination;
  • up to 300 words explaining the nature of the nominee’s contribution, if the nominated contribution is the result of a team effort;
  • a rationale of up to 500 words explaining why the contribution should be considered outstanding.

Please send your submission for the “2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award” to Kim Martin, Acting Chair of the CSDH/SCHN Award Committee (

Deadline for submission: 24 March 2017


Appel à communications, Conférence CSDH/SCHN 2017

Published / by Diane Jakacki

Appel à communications, Conférence CSDH/SCHN 2017
Toronto, Ontario, 29 au 31 mai 2017

La Société canadienne des humanités numériques ( invite les chercheurs(euses), les praticien(ne)s, ainsi que les étudiant(e)s aux cycles supérieurs à soumettre des propositions de communication, de table ronde ou de démonstration numérique pour la conférence annuelle qui aura lieu lors du Congrès des sciences humaines à l’Université Ryerson du 29 au 31 mai ( Le thème du Congrès 2017 « L’épopée d’une histoire : 150 ans vers l’avenir » (« From Far and Wide: Canada’s Next 150 ») vise à souligner l’importance de la diversité, de la conscience du passé et des regards critiques sur le futur. La CSDH/SCHN accepte toutefois les propositions sur tous les thèmes qui touchent la théorie et la pratique dans le domaine des humanités numériques. Continue reading

Call for Papers, CSDH/SCHN Conference 2017

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Call for Papers, CSDH/SCHN Conference 2017
Toronto (Canada), May 29-31, 2017

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities ( invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers and digital demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2017 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ryerson University, from May 29th to 31st ( The theme of this year’s Congress is “From Far and Wide: Canada’s Next 150”, and is aimed at encouraging diversity, an awareness of our past, and a critical look at where we are headed. The Program Committee encourages submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

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Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

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CSDH/SCHN submitted in September a response to the Government of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review. Initiated by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the review asked Canadians whether there were gaps in the country’s fundamental research funding ecosystem that need to be addressed and whether we could usefully learn from what is being done other countries.

Many thanks for Dr. Constance Crompton, CSDH VP (English) for leading the consultation with members of CSDH/SCHN that led to our response.

The response can be found here:


Diane Jakacki: CSDH/SCHN Member at Large

Published / by Constance Crompton

Diane Jakacki CSDH/SCHN Member at LargeHeartiest congratulations to Diane Jakacki, CSDH/SCHN’s newest executive team member. This election boasted one of the largest slates in recent memory and was a credit to all who ran.

An Early Modernist, Diane is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator and a Faculty Teaching Associate in Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University. She is a long-serving member of both the Canadian and international DH community. She is an associate director of the DHSI, technical editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and, most recently, the DH 2017 conference committee chair.

Welcome Diane!

CSDH/SCHN By-Election for Member at Large

Published / by Brent Nelson

With the election of Constance Crompton to the position of VP English, we need a new member to serve in her vacated position as member-at-large.  These are our nominees for this position:

Jason Boyd

I am an assistant professor of English at Ryerson University (hired as a specialist in digital humanities), and also teach in the Master of Digital Media program. I have leadership roles in the Ryerson Centre for Digital Humanities (co-director), Digital Scholarship Ontario (co-chair), and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (assistant director). I regularly attend the CSDH/SCHN meetings at Congress (I first presented at the meeting in 2006), and am Program Chair and Local Area Coordinator for CSDH/SCHN at Congress 2017 at Ryerson. I would like the opportunity to serve the Society out of recognition of its role in facilitating my scholarly activities and network, and I hope my organizational experience and interest in such areas as intersections of DH and queer studies can usefully inform deliberations about future directions for the Society.

Lai-Tze Fan

Lai-Tze Fan begins a postdoctoral fellowship in the digital humanities & locative media narratives at Concordia University, Montréal, in September, 2016. Fan is currently completing a PhD in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University, with a dissertation that focuses on intermediality and narrative. During her time as a graduate student, Fan participated in academic service in various positions, including President of the Graduate Caucus of ACCUTE (English), with a focus on student advocacy. She was also a member of the 2015-2016 CSDH-SCHN Program Committee. Seeking to stay involved with the CSDH-SCHN, Fan is running for the position of member-at-large to continue to be a mediator among students, contingent faculty, full-time faculty members, and interdisciplinary departments. As part of this effort, Fan is excited to participate in the DH community of Montréal, a central hub for DH research in North America, in order to mobilize her work on community building and on fostering spaces of knowledge exchange.

Diane Jakacki

My ongoing association with CSDH/SCHN – through my participation on the program committees for DH2015 and DH2016, as well as chairing the program for DH2017 – has been an extremely positive experience, and one that I would like to continue more formally by participating on the executive committee. Although my employment is in the U.S., my research activities are firmly rooted in universities across Canada. I am on the Executive Board of the Records of Early English Drama, am Technical Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, sit on the editorial and pedagogical advisory committees to the Map of Early Modern London project and am an Assistant Director of DHSI (as well as several other collaborative projects in various stages of development, including the collaborative Early Modern Social Networks project you are shepherding). My experience with the program committee over this past year has made me realize how important the constituent organizations are to the health and stability of DH, and I would like to be part of supporting what I see as the Canadian Society’s strong influence in DH internationally as well as within Canada.

Ève Paquette-Bigras

I am currently a liaison librarian for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Université Laval in Quebec City. There I set up and coordinate a DH reading group for academic librarians. I hold a bachelor degree in computer science (UQAM, 2007) and a master degree in information sciences (Université de Montréal, 2013). My master thesis is about the use of knowledge extraction to obtain a vocabulary for describing dance in archives. This research was presented at DH 2014 in Lausanne. Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval supports my involvement in the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques.

2016 Lancashire Promise Award: Jenna Townend

Published / by Constance Crompton
Jenna Townend and Ian Lancashire. Image courtesy of Jason Boyd.

Jenna Townend and Ian Lancashire. Image courtesy of Jason Boyd.

It is with great pleasure that the CSDH/SCHN executive introduces Jenna Townend, PhD student in the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University and winner of the 2016 Lancashire Promise Award. Her paper “The Network of George Herbert’s Imitators: A Quantitative Approach” traced the ways that phrases from George Herbert’s devotional poetry were taken up by his contemporaries. The judges were unanimous in their praise of her delivery, her comfort with her material, and her ability to engage with audience questions. Jenna did an excellent job situating her experience, methodology, and outcomes in the context of both DH and seventeenth-century studies. The judges were particularly impressed by her ability to follow through on her ambitious plan of research.

The judges also noted how close the rankings were and commend this year’s excellent graduate scholars — thank you all for such a great week together.

New Members to the CSDH/SCHN Executive

Published / by Brent Nelson

We are pleased to announce the results of our election of three new members to the executive and the selection of two new ex officio members.

Congratulations to Constance Crompton, who was elected Vice President English, Kim Martin, who was elected Member at Large, and Catherine Nygren, who was elected Graduate Student Representative.

Congratulations also to the new appointees to our advertised volunteer positions, who will serve ex officio on the executive: Milena Radzikowska, who has been selected as Web Administrator, and Alicia Capello, who has been selected as Communications Officer.

We very much appreciate all who let their name stand in nomination and who applied for these positions. Thank you all!

Call for Applications: Web Administrator and Communications Officer

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CSDH/SCHN Web Administrator position description

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) seeks a webmaster whose primary responsibility will be maintaining and developing the society’s website in close consultation with the society’s Communications Committee. Tasks will include making updates to and backups of the website; managing authorizations and potential security risks; making recommendations for improvements in the site’s design and functionality; troubleshooting and implementing fixes as needed.

A prospective webmaster will have a reasonable degree of comfort with managing WordPress websites and plugins, and a willingness to educate themselves further in relation to WordPress, listserv management, and the ConfTool conference management system. Initial orientation will be provided and backup assistance with more advanced technical problems is available should it be required. Bilingualism is an asset, though not a requirement.

This is a volunteer position. An honorarium of $500/year is available to top off the professionalization skills acquired through this role.

To apply, submit a CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your related experience to Brent Nelson, secretary of CSDH, at no later than April 29, 2016.

CSDH/SCHN Communications Officer position description

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) seeks one graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university for the position of communication officer. The job entails insuring a social media presence for the society via various networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as occasional blog entries (at least once a month) on the site and overseeing the automatic aggregation of other Canadian DH blogs. The Communications Officer will also serve on the Communications Committee.

This is a volunteer position. A bursary of $500/year is available to top off the professionalization skills the student would acquire. Bilingualism is an asset, though not a requirement.

To apply, submit a CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your related experience to Brent Nelson, secretary of CSDH, at no later than April 29, 2016.