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DHSI@Congress Workshops: Thursday June 2nd and Friday June 3rd at the University of Calgary

DHSI@Congress Workshops: Thursday June 2nd and Friday June 3rd at the University of Calgary

Are you looking for a little more DH after the CSDH/SCHN conference is over? We are pleased to announce that DHSI@Congress, a series of 2.5-hour workshops for scholars, staff, and students interested in a hands-on introduction to DH tools, techniques and methods, will be returning to Congress for its third year.

The DHSI@Congress workshops, which run on Thursday June 2nd and Friday June 3rd at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary, are built on the community model of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria (to find out more about the DHSI in Victoria, now celebrating its 17th anniversary, please visit The DHSI@Congress sessions, facilitated by established scholars and emerging leaders in the field, introduce a wide range of Digital Humanities methods and methodologies from project management to DH pedagogy, from theoretical issues to the command line (and more!). We invite interested Congress attendees to register for any and all workshops that engage their interest at

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Who’s Doing DH in Canada? Lai-Tze Fan

Who’s Doing DH in Canada? Lai-Tze Fan

In an attempt to meet more of the people involved in DH in Canada and to help connect the community, we are going to run a series of blog interviews with members. Our first interviewee is Lai-Tze Fan. Lai-Tze is the CSDH/SCHN recipient of the 2015 Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize, an award sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). Below are the questions we’ve asked of participants with Lai-Tze’s answers. You can find Lai-Tze on her website or on twitter.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you come to find yourself working within Digital Humanities?

My name is Lai-Tze Fan and I’m a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the joint Communication & Culture Program at York University and Ryerson University. My dissertation negotiates the ontology, representation, and orthography of digital media with that of other media forms, specifically the contemporary print novel, in the context of a non-linear media history. For the 2015/2016 academic year, I’m a visiting Instructor and Researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.

I began to work in the digital humanities when I started my PhD. There’s only so much research one can contain in a dissertation before related side projects spring up: I became fixated on an old passage by Lev Manovich in which he expresses “surprise” that narratives still exist in a cultural age dominated by the database, and I compared this idea to text analysis by Matthew Jockers and Franco Moretti, for instance, that uses computers to analyze narrativity. In effect, I sought to examine where we can locate and benefit from narratives—indeed, where their reflexive frameworks are necessary—in DH literary research. My foundational work in this area produced the paper for which I was honoured to receive the ADHO’s Lisa Lena Young Scholar Prize, and which I’m now developing into a postdoctoral project.

How do you define Digital Humanities?

When considering the broad spectrum of analyses, projects, and disciplines that the digital humanities could encompass, DH is more inclusive and community-based than a traditional humanities made up of independent scholars, and it also more readily anticipates the critical contextualization of media technologies within sociocultural environments than some technological research. I tend to favour Alan Liu’s description of himself as participating in a critical digital humanities, by which I believe he means a DH that most responsibly approaches the exciting pragmatics of developing technologies and their larger shifts through the humanistic hermeneutics and reflexivity of the humanities. That’s the kind of DH I too wish to participate in.

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently, I am developing a postdoctoral research project that takes the research questions of my dissertation in a different direction by experimenting with digital mediations (qualitative, quantitative, and encoded) of narrative ontologies. It proposes narrativity—through elements of storytelling, figurative language, modes and materialities, and so forth—as a theoretical framework for micro-level analysis in literary texts and as a complement to macro-level text analysis.

A third project that I’m working on examines the use of digital tools for research on spatial practices in urban spaces. I’m examining the ways in which locative media applications and platforms complicate how we understand material space and media materialities relative to digital media. For instance, I argue that mobile and locative media use the interface to foreground the user’s physical surroundings, such that they feel more rather than less connected to the material spaces that they explore and through which they move.

Is there anything else you would like to say about DH?

I attended a great conference in October 2015 that could have answered the question, “How many digital humanities pioneers can you gather in one room?” This international group offered insight into the long history of humanities computing, from Father Roberto Busa to recent WikiLeaks reveals, showing me that DH has been around for a long time—and that it is also still figuring out what it is.

It has been exciting to hear about the exponential rise in attendance at global DHSIs each year, and to witness firsthand the respective development in DH communities in North America and parts of Western Europe. While more scholarly involvement sometimes means less individual attention, I don’t think this needs to be the case for DH: its multi-faceted environment in fact distinguishes it as a collaborative and, ideally, inclusive field for conversation. The efforts of this growing collective will hopefully contribute to the DH developing and re-developing robust objectives and practices of responsible work.

Thanks so much to Lai-Tze for responding to our questions and for getting the conversation started. Remember that you can find Lai-Tze on her website or on twitter

If you would like to be highlighted in an interview, please send a message to

Prix CSDH/SCHN 2016 – Début de carrière exceptionnelle

Prix CSDH/SCHN 2016 – Début de carrière exceptionnelle

Ian Milligan, expert en analyse de données massives dans le domaine des humanités numériques, est professeur adjoint au Département d’histoire à l’Université de Waterloo depuis 2012. Il a depuis publié deux livres : Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada (UBC Press, 2014) et Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope (with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart; Imperial College Press, 2015).

En plus d’avoir publié de nombreux articles évalués par ses pairs et des chapitres de livre, Ian Milligan a contribué a démontrer les enjeux des humanités numériques et l’importance de l’histoire et de l’accessibilité aux données numériques par plusieurs publications de grande diffusion telles que : la revue Nature, la revue Literary Review of Canada, la Revue parlementaire canadienne et aux Archives de Radio-Canada.

Il est le cofondateur de, un site Web qui présente de nouveaux moyens d’être engagé collectivement et qui favorise la mobilisation des connaissances.

Ian Milligan est hautement dédié au développement communautaire. Il a mis de nombreuses plateformes à la disposition de la communauté afin que celle-ci puisse se familiariser avec le patrimoine numérique. De plus, il a contribué à quatre des leçons présentées sur le site web The Programming Historian. Il a documenté son processus de recherche qu’il présente sous forme de tutoriel sur son site web personnel et il dirige fréquemment des ateliers lors de conférences.

Il se démarque en tant que leader national dans le domaine de l’histoire numérique. C’est avec le site qu’il nous aide à découvrir les archives politiques, et ce, afin que nous puissions mieux comprendre notre histoire.

Il est aussi un important collaborateur au site Web Warcbase – un outil de gestion qui facilite l’administration des archives Web et la visualisation des données.

Il a démontré un leadership extraordinaire en développant une infrastructure de recherche. Il a dirigé le projet WALK (Web Archives for Longitudinal Knowledge/ Archives Web en connaissances longitudinales) pour la plateforme de Calcul Canada. Ce projet rassemble les données des chercheurs et des bibliothèques universitaires afin de colliger toutes les informations permettant la mise en place de collections d’archives canadiennes sur le Web.

C’est un très grand honneur pour la Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques de décerner à Ian Milligan le prix 2016 – Début de carrière exceptionnelle.


CSDH/SCHN 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award

CSDH/SCHN 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award

Ian Milligan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Ian Milligan is at the forefront of the growing field of big data analytics in the humanities.  Since joining the Department of History at the University of Waterloo in 2012, he has published two books: Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada (UBC Press, 2014) and Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope (with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart; Imperial College Press, 2015).

In addition to publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, he has contributed to many mainstream publications, explaining the stakes and value of the digital humanities, history, open data, and web archiving on the CBC and to readers of Nature, The Canadian Parliamentary Review, and the Literary Review of Canada. He is a co-founder of, a website that demonstrates new modes of public engagement and knowledge mobilization.

Dr. Milligan is remarkably dedicated to community building: he has used a number of platforms to help others learn to work with digital cultural heritage. He has contributed four of The Programming Historian‘s lessons, has documented his research process to serve as tutorials on his personal website, and regularly leads workshops at conferences.

He has already proven himself a national leader in the field of digital history in Canada. With, he is paving the way in showing us how to recover and mine “lost” political web archives to study recent history. He is also one of the lead contributors to Warcbase, a web archive management tool that lowers barriers to web archive administration and data visualization.

He has shown extraordinary leadership in developing research infrastructure. He has led the proposal for and development of a Compute Canada Portal for Web Archives for Longitudinal Knowledge (WALK). This project brings together researchers and university libraries to aggregate and co-locate Canadian Internet Archive collections.

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques is honoured to recognize Dr. Ian Milligan as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award.

Compute Canada White Paper Update in Progress — Please Participate

Compute Canada White Paper Update in Progress — Please Participate

The CSDH/SCHN executive is seeking input on a coda to the society’s 2014 Compute Canada White Paper   The 2014 paper successfully communicated the needs of our communities to Compute Canada, and empowered them to express those needs to CFI and the federal government.  As Compute Canada prepares their application of the next round of operations funding we would be glad to be able to offer an update to the white paper, outlining which of the changes that they have made have been most useful to our community and which needs we anticipate in the coming years.

If you use Compute Canada resources or think that you may between now and 2022, please drop Constance Crompton a line at before February 16th.

Appel à candidatures pour le prix CSDH/SCHN – Début de carrière exceptionnelle

Appel à candidatures pour le prix CSDH/SCHN – Début de carrière exceptionnelle

Le prix CSDH/SCHN – Début de carrière exceptionnelle vise à reconnaitre la contribution exceptionnelle d’un(e) chercheur(se) canadien(ne) ou d’un(e) résident(e) permanent(e) ou un(e) chercheur(se) dans un établissement canadien pendant le début de sa carrière. Pour être admissibles, les candidats doivent avoir obtenu leur doctorat depuis moins de 10 ans. Les candidats n’ont pas à être affiliés à une institution.

Lors de la remise du prix, le récipiendaire sera invité à prononcer une conférence lors d’une session plénière du congrès annuel de la Société canadienne des humanités numérique qui aura lieu à Calgary au printemps 2016. Une invitation à siéger au comité de rédaction de la revue Digital Studies /Le champ numérique sera également transmise au récipiendaire.

Ce prix est généralement accordé à un(e) chercheur(se) en début de carrière dont les travaux s’inscrivent dans le domaine des humanités numériques, ce qui inclut les travaux de nature théorique, critique, appliquée ou cherchant à contribuer au développement de la communauté de chercheurs(ses) dans le domaine des humanités numériques. Les réalisations des candidats peuvent prendre la forme de publications (papiers ou numériques), de portfolio, de conceptions de prototypes ou d’applications, de systèmes de production. Les travaux réalisés en collaboration au sein d’une équipe de recherche seront considérés pour ce prix. Dans ce cas, le dossier de candidature doit inclure une lettre du responsable de l’équipe (qui peut être le candidat lui-même) expliquant la nature de la contribution du candidat aux activités de l’équipe. Le prix sera décerné pour des travaux qui, de l’avis du Comité des prix SCHN/CSDH, constituent une contribution significative dans le domaine des humanités numériques.

Les mises en candidatures, d’un maximum de 500 mots, doivent être soumises au plus tard le 30 novembre 2015. Seuls les membres actuels de la SCHN sont autorisés à soumettre des candidatures. Les candidatures doivent être envoyées par courriel au président du Comité des prix CSDH/SCHN (

Le Comité des prix dressera une liste restreinte de candidats, confirmera avec les candidats retenus s’ils acceptent leur nomination et, le cas échéant, leur demandera de transmettre tous les documents nécessaires à l’évaluation de leur dossier de candidature (curriculum vitae, lettres d’appui, accès aux réalisations, lorsque celles-ci ne sont pas facilement accessibles) au plus tard le 15 janvier 2016.

Le choix du(de la) lauréat(e) sera effectué par le Comité des prix CSDH/SCHN (Dean Irvine, Susan Brown, Juan Luis Suarez, Kevin Kee, Janelle Jenstad et Dominic Forest), qui pourra consulter au besoin les membres du Comité exécutif de la SCHN ou les membres externes de la communauté. Le choix du(de la) lauréat(e) sera effectué au plus tard à la fin de janvier 2016. Une annonce sera diffusée au printemps 2016 et sera accompagnée de la sortie du programme de la conférence de la SCHN pour le Congrès 2016.

Call for Nominations for CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award

Call for Nominations for CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award

The CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award recognizes exemplary scholarly work by a Canadian or permanent resident researcher or a researcher at a Canadian institution during the early stage of her or his career. Early career, in this context, usually extends from the later stages of doctoral work to up to 10 years since award of a PhD. The recipient need not be affiliated with an institution.

The recipient will be invited to accept the award and to address the society in a plenary session of the annual conference at Congress, which will be held this coming year at the University of Calgary in the spring of 2016. An invitation to serve on the editorial board of Digital Studies/Le champ numérique will also be offered to the recipient.

This award is typically given to an early-career scholar whose work relates to any area of the digital humanities, broadly conceived, whether theoretical, critical, applied, or in the area of community building. Evidence of scholarship may take the form of print or online publications, a design portfolio, fabrications, prototypes or tools, or a production system. Work produced by a member of a larger collaborative team may be considered for this award; in such a case, the nomination should include a letter from the leader of the team (which may be the nominee her or himself) explaining the nature of the nominee’s contribution to the team activities. The award will be given for work that, in the opinion of the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee, constitutes a significant contribution to the field.

Nominations of up to 500 words must be submitted by November 30, 2015. Only current members of CSDH/SCHN are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations must be sent by email to the chair of the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee (

The Awards committee will compile a short list, and confirm with nominees whether they are willing to be considered, in December 2015. We will then request the submission of supporting material (CV, letters of support, and access to contributions or projects if not readily accessible) by January 15, 2016.

Adjudication of the award will be conducted by the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee (Dean Irvine, Dominic Forest, Susan Brown, Juan Luis Suarez, Kevin Kee, and Janelle Jenstad), who may consult the CSDH/SCHN Executive or external members of the community for assistance in evaluating applications. Selection will be made by the end of January 2016. An announcement will be made in spring 2016, along with the release of the CSDH/SCHN conference program for Congress 2016.

Distance Technologies, Distant Reading, and Literary Pedagogy

Distance Technologies, Distant Reading, and Literary Pedagogy

Joint Session between CSDH/SCHN and ACCUTE for Congress 2016

What potential resides in the integration of the digital humanities with distance technologies? How might such an integration facilitate the offering of literature courses online? Although the phenomenon of literature courses delivered entirely or partially with the assistance of web-based technologies has made significant inroads into North American curricula and generated lively debates across social and traditional media, the prospects for teaching literature online still remain uncertain. With the rise in popularity of summer institutes such as DHSI at the University of Victoria, and the recent spread of localized DH institute offerings at Guelph and Dalhousie, the moment seems to have arrived when Canadian institutions might consider how the rise of the digital humanities could contribute to transitioning literature departments toward adopting year-round DH course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate level. How might techniques and technologies of the digital humanities be coupled with literature courses offered online? How productive is the relationship between the practices of “distant reading” and the pedagogy of distance technologies? What kinds of institutional resources are necessary for distance course design and support? What kinds of open-source tools and platforms might be enlisted in such courses? How do we measure the long-term impact of such offerings on enrollments? How do we persuade colleagues and administrators to accept the potential for the move toward dedicated distance course offerings?

Presenters are invited to speak to individual experiences in offering literature courses online, about efforts to collaborate with colleagues and administrators to propose such courses, about revising departmental curricula to accommodate both distance and traditional classroom-based courses, about local capacities to support distance technologies, about inter-departmental, -faculty, and -university collaborations, about blended or hybrid approaches to digital pedagogy, about best practices and emerging technologies, about web-based open-access learning, about for-credit and non-credit MOOCs, or about the history of distance technologies and literary pedagogy. 

Proposals for papers (20 min.) will be accepted until December 1st, 2015 and must be submitted at Abstracts should be between 200 and 400 words and should clearly indicate the paper’s thesis, methodology and conclusions. Queries about submissions for this joint session should be directed to Dean Irvine (

Servanne Monjour – 2015 Ian Lancashire Student Promise Award

Servanne Monjour – 2015 Ian Lancashire Student Promise Award

CSDH/SCHN is pleased to announce the winner of the annual Ian Lancashire Graduate Student Promise Award. This year’s award recipient is Servanne Monjour, a  PhD candidate from Université de Montréal, for her presentation titled: “Médiation et performativité : l’auteur s’éditorialise”.


Communication officer

Communication officer

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.