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CSDH/SCHN By-Election for Member at Large

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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.

New Members to the CSDH/SCHN Executive

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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 brent.nelson@usask.ca 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 brent.nelson@usask.ca no later than April 29, 2016.

2016 Elections for Positions on the CSDH/SCHN Executive

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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.

VP English

Constance Crompton

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.

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.

 

Member at large

Kim Martin

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

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

Chelsea Miya

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.

Catherine Nygren

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.

Gurpreet Singh

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Candidacy on CSDH/SCHN Executive Committee

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The renewal committee of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques invites nominations and self-nominations from candidates interested in one of the following positions:

  • President, 2016-2019.  Susan Brown is standing for re-election.
  • Vice-president, English, 2016-2019
  • Member-at-large, 2016-2018
  • Graduate student representative, 2016-2017

Please contact Dr. Brent Nelson (brent.nelson@usask.ca) no later than 6 pm EST on Wednesday 23 March 2016 with a short paragraph indicating your interest in running.

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APPEL À CANDIDATURES SUR LE COMITÉ EXECUTIF DE CSDH/SCHN

Le comité de renouvellement de la Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques invite des candidatures de chercheurs intéressés pars l’un des postes suivant:

  • président, 2016-9. Susan Brown se représentera.
  • vice-président, Anglais, 2016-2019
  • un membre, 2016-2018
  • représentant étudiant, 2016-2017

Merci d’envoyer un court paragraphe détaillant votre intérêt à être mis en nomination pour l’un de ces postes à Dr. Brent Nelson (brent.nelson@usask.ca) avant 18h EST le mercredi 23 mars 2016.

Minutes of the executive committee of CSDH/SCHN

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Minutes available here:

November 14, 2016

October 13, 2016

September 15, 2016

May 16, 2016

April 8, 2016

March 4, 2016

February 5, 2016

December 17, 2015

November 20, 2015

October 30, 2015

October 2, 2015

AGM minutes 2015

March 2015

November 2014

September 2014

April 2014

February 2014

November 2013

October 2013

June 2013

AGM June 2013

February 2013

January 2013

November 2012

October 2012

 

Introductory workshops on digital humanities at Congress 2012 in Waterloo

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Just before Congress 2012, on Friday, 25 May, the Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs is offering two free, very introductory workshops on digital humanities. In the morning, Aimée Morrison (U Waterloo) will answer the question, “What is Digital Humanities, and how do I get started?” In the afternoon, Dan O’Donnell (U Lethbridge) will provide a gentle introduction to textual studies using TEI (the Text Encoding Initiative).

To register for one or both of these workshops email Brent Nelson at brent.nelson[at]usask.ca before 15 May 2012. Space is limited, so register early.

Schedule:

Both sessions will be held in B113 Bricker Academic Building, Wilfrid Laurier University.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   Aimée Morrison (U Waterloo) will answer the question, “What is Digital Humanities, and how do I get started?”

“Digital Humanities” is a term and a set of practices and projects gaining increasing currency in the humanities. Stanley Fish writes about it in the New York Times! Chronicle of Higher Education columnists name it the next big thing, two years in a row! Funders and administrators often tout digital humanities work as highly desirable: it is technical, collaborative, large-scale, and often draws large amounts of external funding from both the private sector as well as granting agencies.

However, pinning down exactly what “digital humanities” is or what kind of work it entails can be confusing to newcomers, never mind the vague or not-so-vague fear that this new field undermines traditional humanities scholarship.

This workshop will overview the history of digital humanities, the debates that currently animate the field, a variety of projects that represent its potential for continue humanistic inquiry in an increasingly digital world, and point to a wealth of further intellectual and practical resources for scholars looking to maybe join the party.

Everyone is welcome. Nothing is required but curiosity and a willingness to debate.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Dan O’Donnell (U Lethbridge). “Markup and Metadata: An introduction to the power of XML and related technologies in humanities research applications.”

This workshop introduces scholars to XML and related technologies, demonstrating the power they can offer in conducting humanities research. Some of the major initiatives in the field will be discussed, including a brief overview of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

The workshop is intended to be introductory and will focus on the basic concepts using simple examples and demonstrations. Some elementary hands-on exercises will also be provided.

This workshop will be of interest to scholars who do not have significant digital training or experience and who want to take the first steps in learning about how digital technology can help them in their projects. By the end of the session, participants will have a basic knowledge of some of the core concepts, tools, and resources and an understanding of how they can set about acquiring more detailed training and information.

Daniel Paul O’Donnell is Professor of English at the University of Lethbridge. He is editor of Caedmon’s Hymn: A Multimedia Study, Edition, and Archive, and Principal Investigator on the Visionary Cross Project. He is a former Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative, founding director of Digital Medievalist, and co-president of the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs. He is editor of Digital Studies and Associate Editor of Digital Medievalist.

Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World: The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs

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The program for SDH-SEMI’s 2012 conference at Congress in Waterloo, May 28-30, is now available at http://www.sdh-semi.org/conference/sessions.php.  Those wishing to attend the conference should renew their membership at the Literary and Linguistics Computing website and then register through the Congress 2012 website.

Call for Papers: SDH/SEMI at Congress 2012

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Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World
2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs

The Society for Digital Humanities (SDH/SEMI) invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers and sessions for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2012 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, from 28-30 May (http://congress2012.ca/).

The society would like in particular to encourage submissions relating to the central theme of the Congress–“Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World.”  While this year’s Congress theme is well suited to the interests of SDH/SEMI, we encourage submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

Our keynote speaker and recipient of this year’s award for Outstanding Achievement for Computing in the Arts and Humanities is Ronald Tetreault (Dalhousie University).

The conference will also present joint sessions with ACCUTE and Canadian Game Studies Association/Association Canadienne d’Études Vidéoludiques (see post below).  Proposals should specify any preference for inclusion in this joint session.

Proposals for papers (20 min.), posters, and panels or roundtables (2 -6 speakers for a 1½ hour session) will be accepted until 1 February 2012 and must be submitted at http://www.sdh-semi.org/conference/.  Abstracts should be between 200 and 400 words long, and should clearly indicate the paper’s thesis, methodology and conclusions. There is a limited amount of funding available to support graduate student travel.  Please note that all presenters must be members of SDH/SEMI at the time of the conference.

Selected papers from the conference will appear in a special collection published in the society journal, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (http://www.digitalstudies.org).

Program committee: Brent Nelson (program chair), Aimée Morrison (local organizer), Eric Moore, Harvey Quamen, Jon Saklofske, Susan Brown, Stéfan Sinclair, Dan O’Donnell, Michael Eberle-Sinatra

À la croisée des chemins: Le savoir  face à un monde incertain
Réunion annuelle de 2012 de la Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI)

La Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs invite chercheurs et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs à soumettre des propositions de communication et de session pour sa réunion annuelle, qui se tiendra au Congrès 2012 de la Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines à l’Université Wilfrid Laurier et l’Université de Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, du 28 au 30 mai (http://congress2012.ca/).

La Société souhaite encourager en particulier des propositions concernant le thème central de la réunion : « À la croisée des chemins : Le savoir  face à un monde incertain ». Bien que le thème du congrès de cette année soit bien adapté aux intérêts de la SDH/SEMI, nous encourageons également toute communication qui traite des sciences humaines numériques, tant au niveau théorique que pratique.

Ronald Tetraul (Dalhousie University), récipiendaire du prix 2012 pour une contribution exceptionnelle dans le domaine des arts et sciences humaines informatiques, sera notre conférencier plénier.

La conférence présentera aussi des sessions conjointes avec ACCUTE et le Canadian Game Studies Association/Association Canadienne d’Études Vidéoludiques.  Les participants devraient indiquer leur intérêt à participer aux sessions conjointes.

Les propositions de communication (20′), posters et de session ou table-ronde (2-6 participants pour une période d’une heure trente) seront acceptées jusqu’au 1 février 2012 et doivent être soumises à http://www.sdh-semi.org/conference/.  Les résumés devraient compter entre 200 et 400 mots, et indiquer clairement la thématique, méthodologie, et conclusion. La société a des fonds limités pour les frais de déplacements pour les étudiants.  Veuillez noter que tout présentateur devra être membre de la SDH/SEMI au moment de la conférence.
Une sélection des présentations de la conférence sera publiées dans un numéro spécial du journal de la Société, le Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (http://www.digitalstudies.org).

Comité scientifique: Brent Nelson (program chair), Aimée Morrison (local organizer), Eric Moore, Harvey Quamen, Jon Saklofske, Susan Brown, Stéfan Sinclair, Dan O’Donnell, Michael Eberle-Sinatra