CSDH Elections

Voting members of CSDH/SCHN have received an email from OUP inviting them to participate in an election for the newly created positions of Vice-President (français) and graduate student representative. Please find below the candidates’ biographies. Elections will begin on 18 JULY 2014 and end on 15 AUGUST 2014.

NOMINATIONS FOR for Vice-President (français):

  • Christine McWebb:

Christine McWebb holds a PhD in French from Western University, Canada. She is  Director of Academic Programs at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus and Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo where she has been working since 2003. Before coming to Waterloo, McWebb worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta (1999-2003) where she taught French and German language, translation and literary/cultural studies courses at all levels. She specializes in late medieval and early modern French and German literary culture and has published extensively in these fields. McWebb is director of the internationally known and SSHRC-funded MARGOT project (http://margot.uwaterloo.ca). As director and a researcher of MARGOT she leads several international collaborative projects in the digital humanities that 1) develop digital annotation tools for repositories of multi-representational data (eg. http://imagemat.org ) and 2) that digitize medieval manuscripts in enriched format (http://margot.uwaterloo.ca). Together with Michael Eberle-Sinatra, she recently published the co-edited selected proceedings of the CSDH meeting at Congress 2013 in Digital Studies.  As Director of Academic Programs at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, McWebb oversees the entire academic operation of the Master of Digital Experience Innovation and Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts programs.

  • Dominic Forest:

Je suis professeur agrégé à l’École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information de l¹Université de Montréal. J’y mène des activités de recherche et d’enseignement dans les domaines de la fouille de textes et de la diffusion de l’information numérique (technologies Web, architecture de l’information, design et conception de sites Web, Web 2.0). Je suis activement impliqué dans plusieurs projets de recherche dans le domaine des humanités numériques. J’occupe depuis 2010 le poste de coéditeur associé de la revue Digital studies / Le champ numérique. Je souhaite m’investir dans la Société canadienne des humanités numériques afin d’en faire la promotion dans la communauté francophone.

I am an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at University of Montreal. I conduct research and teaching activities in the fields of text mining and dissemination of digital information (web technologies, information architecture, Web design, Web 2.0). I am actively involved in several research projects in the field of digital humanities. Since 2010, I am co-associate editor of the journal Studies Digital / Le champ numérique. I want to get involved in the Canadian society for digital humanities in order to promote its activities in the the francophone community.


  • Nicholas van Orden:

I am currently in the fourth year of my PhD at the University of Alberta and have presented at two of the last three CSDH/SCHN conferences. My dissertation research uses DH tools such as Mallet, TextMiner, and Gephi to chart the influence that early cyberpunk fiction has had on the development of digital virtual spaces. I’m also a graduate student fellow with Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) at the U of A, where we’ve been working on several DH projects and tools—including the WatsonWalk mobile app, the Wilfred Watson digital archive, and the development of a comprehensive content management system for digitizing archival material. In the past I’ve served as the MA student representative to the English department (UVic), the Faculty of Arts representative to the University of Alberta Technology Student Advisory Group (U of A), and the English and Film Studies department Digital Communications Committee grad student representative (U of A).

  •  Matt Bouchard:

Matt Bouchard (BSc combined major Computing Science and Creative writing, MA Humanities Computing) is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto where his current research focuses on meaning-making for players of abstract, persistent, multiplayer role playing games. Matt also studies video game design, experimental interface design, visualization, and implementation advocacy. Professionally, he is an implementation and technology consultant for research groups and businesses. Matt is also interested in video game and implementation pedagogy and is an award-winning teacher and course developer. Matt’s contributions to the field include participation and advisory roles in many important DH projects (INKE, Orlando, EMiC, etc.), conference reviewing (DH, CSDH/SCHN, ASIST), and regular instruction at DHSI. Matt is an outspoken advocate for the digital humanities, striving to prove that digital humanists are more than service providers. He also promotes the importance of training and marketing our students effectively in such forums as the upcoming, collaboratively written “Conversation, Collaboration, Credit: The Graduate Researcher in the Digital Scholarly Environment” for Digital Studies.

  •  Jonathan Armoza:

I am currently an English Literature Masters student at McGill University where I also work as a digital humanities Research Assistant for Profs. Stéfan Sinclair and Andrew Piper.  I have bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, and in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. I am currently on the steering/curatorial board for DiRT, and have also worked a number of years between these degrees as a software engineer, videogame developer, and most recently for Google as a technical consultant and part-time developer on the Ngram Viewer.  I believe that my unique background and  scholarly experience could serve well to both represent Canadian graduate students involved in digital humanities-related work and to bridge potential gaps in perspective/interest between students, faculty, and institutions outside of the academy who are involved in supporting our research.