We are happy to report the results of our nomination process for vacancies on the CSDH/SCHN executive and ancillary positions.
We have one nomination each for society Secretary (Kim Martin), Graduate Representative (Chelsea Miya), and Communications Officer (Jason Richard Bradshaw) and two nominations for the Member-at-Large position (Laura Estill and Alison Hedley). You can read their bios below. We will run an election for the latter position in the next week or so, and then all positions will be ratified at our AGM in Regina in May. To be eligible to vote, you must be a current member of the society. So, if you have not yet renewed your membership, now would be a great time to do so!
This summer, Dr. Laura Estill will be joining St Francis Xavier University as an Associate Professor of English with a focus on digital humanities. Her research interests include the reception of early modern plays (in print, manuscript, and online), digital pedagogy, supporting and crediting interdisciplinary digital research, critical analysis of digital tools, and digital bibliography. Estill is a longtime DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) instructor who has also run workshops for DHSI@MLA and DH@Guelph (upcoming). She has given invited talks at DHSI (Victoria), DHSI@Congress (Calgary), Digital.Shakespeare (Belmont U), and Global Chaucer and Shakespeare in the Digital World (George Washington U). With Diane Jakacki and Michael Ullyot, she edited Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn (2016). Her digital humanities publications have appeared Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), Digital Studies/Champ Numérique (written with Luis Meneses and written with Michelle Levy, respectively), and Scholarly and Research Communication, as well as in book chapters in Shakespeare's Language in Digital Media (co-written with Andie Silva, edited by Janelle Jenstad, Jennifer Roberts-Smith, and Mark Kaethler) and Doing Digital Humanities 2 (edited by Richard Lane, Constance Crompton, and Ray Siemens, forthcoming). She is currently working on DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts and is editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online. She is the associate director of Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, an editor of Early Modern Digital Review (forthcoming), and a member of the Renaissance Society of America's Digital and Electronic Media Committee. She would be honored to continue serving the Canadian Digital Humanities community by being a Member-at-Large for the CSDH, where she would work to build and support local, national, and international networks of collaboration.
I welcome the chance to give back to the Canadian (and international) digital humanities community from which I've gained so much support and inspiration. Pursuing digital methods for humanities inquiry has opened opportunities for me to learn from, lead, and collaborate with others on a number of digital research and teaching initiatives. I’m a research fellow at the Ryerson Centre for Digital Humanities, where I’ve been the team lead on the Yellow Nineties Personography for almost five years. Supported by DH@Guelph and by the Humanities Arts Sciences and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), I have co-taught topics in digital pedagogy and critical digital literacies. Later this year, I will begin a postdoctoral project at McGill’s .txtLab that involves using computer vision to study images in historical print. As the CSDH-SCHN Member-at-large, I would leverage my knowledge of the Canadian DH community’s constituents and strengths to support its members. My contributions to the association would also draw on my familiarity with current issues and politics of DH practice, including intersectional issues of inclusion and the role of DH training in preparing students for vocational pathways beyond academia.
I've been involved with the executive for the past 3 years, first as graduate representative and then as member-at-large. I work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph, where I teach digital humanities/digital history and am the Assistant Director of The Humanities Interdisciplinary Collaboration (THINC) Lab. My research focuses on serendipity in the research process, linked data for the humanities, and diversity in makerspaces and digital humanities centers. I'm eager to put my organizational skills to use and to continue to support the DH community in Canada as the CSDH-SCHN secretary.
Graduate Student Representative
Chelsea Miya is a PhD Candidate and CGS SSHRC fellow in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta as well as a graduate of the Digital Humanities certificate program at the University of Victoria. She is research associate with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC), a member of the Kule Research Institute (Kias) Advisory Council and the project manager for the annual Kias Around the World e-Conference. She is also a student activist and the co-founder of the University of Alberta's Digital Scholars Student Group. Last year, the group presented their ‘Manifesto for Student-Driven Research and Learning in DH’ at CSDH-Congress; they also recently organized a successful interdisciplinary conference that explored the ‘Benefits of Failure.’
Jason Richard Bradshaw
I am a graduate student in Humanities Computing specializing in Philosophy at the University of Alberta. I completed my undergraduate degree in Communications at MacEwan University and am currently participating in a paid internship in communications with the Alberta Public Service. My duties there include managing the Government of Alberta LinkedIn page and preparing articles for several internal newsletters.