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:
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 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.
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.
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.