We are pleased to present the candidates for thee positions on the CSDH/SCHN executive: Vice President (English), Member at Large, and Graduate Student Representative.
We are also very pleased to announce that Susan Brown has been acclaimed to a second term as President of the Society. Members of CSDH/SCHN can look forward to receiving directions for voting in the next week or two.
I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, and a member at large of the CSDH/SCHN executive. I direct UBCO’s Humanities Data Lab, and two of its DH projects, and serve as the associate director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. My work has been published in several edited collections as well as the Victorian Review, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, The UBC Law Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly and is forthcoming in DS/CN. I’ve been involved in several DH projects in the last decade, including The Yellow Nineties Online, The Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript, and, most recently, the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project (which I co-direct with Michelle Schwartz of Ryerson University). I’ve been a CSDH/SCHN member since 2011. If granted the position, I would be very glad to continue the CSDH/SCHN executive’s good outreach, support, and championing of Digital Humanities work in both Canadian and international contexts. I am very glad to be considered for the CSDH/SCHN VP English position. UBC Okanagan supports the time involved in a service commitment of this kind.
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.
Member at large
Kim Martin has recently taken up the Michael Ridley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the University of Guelph, after completing her PhD in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include: serendipity in the historical research process, the role of gender in makerspaces and digital humanities centres, and the use of social media by academics. Kim is also a co-founder of the DHMakerBus, and spends much of her free time working with her local community to promote digital literacy skills and access to technology. She is currently the Graduate Student Representative for CSDH-SCHN, and would be thrilled to be able to continue her work on the executive, providing a close link between LIS scholars and digital humanities research.
Lai-Tze Fan is completing her PhD in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University. During her time as a graduate student, she has regularly participated in academic service in such positions as President of her Graduate Program’s Student Association and President of the Graduate Caucus of ACCUTE (English). Currently, she is a member of the 2015-2016 CSDH-SCHN Program Committee. Fan seeks a position as member-at-large for the CSDH-SCHN executive committee in order to further her work in advocacy and DH community building, with the larger goal of mobilizing her experiences as a proactive mediator among students, contingent faculty, permanent faculty members, and interdisciplinary departments.
Graduate student representative
I’m a PhD student in English at the University of Alberta where my research explores the relationship between technologies of datafication in the mid-19th century and the structure and form of poetry from the American Literary Renaissance. I’m also part of the research team at the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory and oversee user testing and documentation for the Humanities Visualizer (HuViz), a network visualization tool. I recently led a demo of HuViz at the 2016 INKE New Knowledge Models conference, and I will be presenting a conference paper on best practices in user testing at DHSI 2016. In addition to my research work, I’m also the founder and co-President of Digital Scholars of the University of Alberta, an interdisciplinary student group whose mandate is to provide a space for students to learn about digital tools and techniques.
Digital humanities informs my past and current research and the communities in which I participate. Since my undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, where I worked on several DH projects such as the Grub Street Project, I have begun work on my dissertation, in which I am text-mining eighteenth-century British travel writing. My experience as a digital humanist has been varied – sometimes, surrounded by others doing similar work, and at others, being the only digital humanist in the department. I have also worked on projects ranging from digital-historical mapping and best digital practices for libraries to game design and text-mining. As a result, I deeply understand and appreciate the value of DH communities, including CSDH/SCHN, DHSI (which I have attended several times), and Twitter, and their particular value for grad students and those new to the field. In my roles as Social Chair and on the Professional Development Committee for my English graduate association, in my last term as Graduate Representative for the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and in my work for the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas’ Track, Report, Connect, Exchange project, I have provided multiple resources and mentorship for other students. I hope to bring the same energy to CSDH/SCHN.
As a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge in Individualized Multidisciplinary Masters of Arts, I work in Digital Humanities at the cross section of Philology, Textual Criticism and Editing, (3D) Cultural Heritage, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. At the same time, I am working as project manager for the Visionary Cross project. I have been actively involved in DH through DHSI, DH conferences since 2012. I have received Compute Canada scholarships for attending DHSI – 2015 for active engagement with Compute Canada in our DH initiatives. Also, I received scholarship for NEH Summer school in Advance Challenges in 3D. I have been involved in several DH initiatives like Global Outlook:: Digital Humanities (GO::DH), South Asian Digital Humanities (SADH) and Digital Cultural Heritage (DigiCultH). I was actively engaged in DH White Paper consultations for Compute Canada and in past I’ve served as the VP-Finance at the University of Lethbridge GSA. Since my Masters in Artificial Intelligence in 2007, I have worked as PG researcher in NLP, Machine Learning and Text Classification and taught as Assistant Professor in India. Coming from pure computational background and now working/studying in more humanities oriented fields, I know the perils of inter-disciplinary field like DH, especially from a student perspective, and that too from a global perspective. This will be one of the key focus areas for me, if selected as Graduate Student Representative on the CSDH/SCHN.