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Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

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:

csdh-schn_fundamental_science_review_response_2016

Diane Jakacki: CSDH/SCHN Member at Large

Diane Jakacki: CSDH/SCHN Member at Large

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

CSDH/SCHN By-Election for Member at Large

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

New Members to the CSDH/SCHN Executive

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

Call for Applications: Web Administrator and Communications Officer

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

2016 Elections for Positions on the CSDH/SCHN Executive

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Compute Canada SPARC II White Paper

Compute Canada SPARC II White Paper

BILINGUAL-CC-WEB-LOGOBelow is CSDH/SCHN’s whitepaper written in response to Compute Canada’s SPARC II call. It builds on CSDH/SCHN’s 2014 paper which responded to the first SPARC call. This second whitepaper, like the 2014 whitepaper, results from a call for input from the DH community at large. It focuses on staffing and training; allocation processes; and sustainability, data management, and long-term storage. Humanities and social science scholars make up one of Compute Canada’s fastest growing user groups and so we are glad to have the opportunity to work together with Compute Canada to support the community’s advanced research computing needs.

Whitepaper presented by the Canadian Society for digital humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) in response to Compute / Calcul Canada’s Call for Whitepapers for Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing Phase II (SPARC2 2016)

Call for Candidacy on CSDH/SCHN Executive Committee

Call for Candidacy on CSDH/SCHN Executive Committee

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.

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.

New members elected to the CSDH-SCHN executive

New members elected to the CSDH-SCHN executive

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent election of two new members to the CSDH-SCHN executive. Congratulations to Christine McWebb, Vice-President (Français), and Matt Bouchard, Graduate Student representative. And thank you to Christine, Matt, and all nominees for their willingness to serve.