May 182015
 

CSDH/SCHN seeks one graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university for the position of communication officer. The job entails maintaining the society’s website and 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).

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.

Please send a motivation email to our secretary Brent Nelson, with a brief curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of two people willing to write a note in support of your application, no later than May 29th.

Feb 162015
 

03c5275Dr. Chad Gaffield est professeur d’histoire et chaire de recherche en études numérique à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Dr. Gaffield a été à la pointe de l’analyse informatique relatif au changement social continu pour presque quatre décennies. Il a travaillé dans le domaine que nous appelons aujourd’hui les humanités numériques depuis les années 1970, quand il a analysé avec Michael B. Katz les données du recensement afin de comprendre l’expérience commune des individus. Directeur fondateur de l’Institut d’études canadiennes de l’Université d’Ottawa, il a fait partie d’une nouvelle génération d’historien(nes) de la société qui a fait avancer le champ informatique avec leur pratiques de recherche.

Dr. Gaffield a servi comme chercheur principal pour le projet d’Infrastructure de recherche sur le Canada au 20e siècle (IRCS; ccri.uottawa.ca). La IRCS a établi une fondation pour une étude du changement social, économique, culturel et politique au niveau national, commencent par la reconstruction des recensements. Ces derniers sont au cœur même d’une base de données de recherche pan-nationale contenant de l’information pertinente provenant des journaux, travaux parlementaires, dossiers législatifs et plus encore.

De 2006 à 2014, il a servi comme président du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada. Lorsqu’il présidait au CRSH, il a contribué au développement des partenariats de subventions internationales tel que le programme “Digging into Data,” et plus récemment, la collaboration “Trans-Atlantic Platform.”

Un chercheur chevronné en informatique profondément investi dans les collaborations et partenariats durables, il a joué un rôle prépondérant dans les projets tels que le “Canadian Social History Project,” le “Vancouver Island Project,” le Projet Lower Manhattan et le “Canadian Families Project.” En tant que président de la Fédération des sciences humaines, il a défendu l’initiative de la démocratisation des données et a fusionné les groupes d’arts et lettres et de sciences sociales à Ottawa et annuellement au Congrès. Il a contribué de manière importante à la création des centres de données de recherche et a récemment préconisé pour les données et infrastructures de recherche à travers le Conseil du leadership sur l’infrastructure numérique.

Pour son travail exemplaire, il a reçu de nombreuses distinctions et prix académiques; l’adhésion à la Société royale du Canada, la médaille J. B. Tyrrell en histoire (aussi de la Société royale), la médaille du jubilé de la Reine Elizabeth II, le prix d’excellence académique de l’Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université et le prix Antonio Zampolli de l’ADHO.

C’est un grand honneur pour la Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des sciences humaines numériques de nommer le Dr. Chad Gaffield comme récipiendaire du prix 2015 CSDH/SCHN pour sa contribution exceptionnelle en informatique en arts et lettres.

Feb 162015
 

03c5275Dr. Chad Gaffield is Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Gaffield has been at the forefront of computer-­based analyses of long-­term social change for nearly four decades. He has been working in the field that we now call digital humanities since the 1970s when he studied with Michael B. Katz and looked at census data as a way of understanding the common experience of people. Founding Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa, he was one of a new generation of cutting-edge social historians in Canada that advanced computing in their research practices.

Dr. Gaffield served as Principal Investigator for the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project (CCRI; ccri.uottawa.ca). CCRI has created a foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural, and political change at a national level, beginning with digital reconstruction of censuses that sit at the core of a pan-national research database consisting of pertinent contextual data drawn from newspapers, parliamentary proceedings, legislative records and beyond.

From 2006 to 2014, he was President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. While President of SSHRC he helped develop international grant partnerships such as the Digging into Data programme and more recently the Transatlantic Platform.

As a digital scholar deeply committed to long-term collaborations and partnerships, he has played a leading role in records-­driven projects such as the Canadian Social History Project, the Vancouver Island Project, the Lower Manhattan Project, and the Canadian Families Project. As President of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, he championed the Data Liberation Initiative and enacted a merger of humanities and social science groups in Ottawa and annually at Congress. He was instrumental in the creation of the Research Data Centres and more recently advocated for data as research infrastructure through the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure.

For his exemplary work, he holds many academic distinctions and prizes, including Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal of the Royal Society, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Distinguished Academic Award, and the ADHO Antonio Zampolli Prize.

It is the great honour of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanitiés numériques to name Dr. Chad Gaffield as the recipient of CSDH/SCHN’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities.

Oct 282014
 

The Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA) and the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN) in association with The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) are pleased to announce co-sponsorship of a joint conference panel entitled #gamergate, Feminism and Digitally Constituted Communities.  This panel will be cross-listed in the 2015 conference programs for the CGSA and CSDH/ACH conferences during the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, Ontario and will take place on June 3, 2015.   We invite scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit 250-word proposals for papers to JJenson@edu.yorku.ca and jon.saklofske@acadiau.ca by December 20, 2014.

Oct 202014
 

Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Digital Humanities Conference 2015

Ottawa, 1-3 June 2015

CSDH/SCHN & ACH 2015(Appel en français ci-dessous.)

We are proud to announce the first joint conference between the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH-SCHN.org) and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH.org). We invite scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, sessions and digital demonstrations during this collective meeting, which will be held at the 2015 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ottawa, Ontario from 1-3 June (congress2015.ca).  We encourage submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities. Continue reading »