Digital Humanities

Digital humanities research specialism with a specific interest and expertise in:

  • Distant reading
  • Digital pedagogy
  • Network theory
  • Stylometry
  • Text encoding

Two Exemplar Research Initiatives
Digital Pedagogy
My interest in digital humanities extends beyond my research interests to my pedagogical philosophy. During summer 2015, working under Simon Fraser U faculty member Dr. Michelle Levy and alongside U Toronto Ph.D. student Ashley Morford, we held a Teaching and Learning Development Grant to research the digital edition building in the undergraduate literature classroom.

As Graduate Research Assistants, Ashley and I developed teaching materials to assist students with the technical demands of creating a digital edition. We also co-taught a seminar on edition design and planning. Following the conclusion of the course, we review student evaluations in order to gauge how successful the projects, and our various interventions, had been. We wrote a collaborative article summarizing our experiences, lessons learned, and best practices in an essay published in the “Romanticism and Technology” (2017) edition of Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons. We also created a companion website in order to share our teaching resources, provide technical instruction (via videos), and display successful student projects as examples of what kind of research and exploration can be accomplished through this medium.

We are currently wrapping up a second instalment of the grant where we experimented with TEI-XML in the graduate classroom. This research was meant to complement and extend our earlier research. We hope to write about and share the results of this pedagogical endeavour in the near future.

DHSI Colloquium
The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) is an annual event hosted by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria. The following is a description from the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab Projects Page, DHSI offers…

a series of workshops that range in subject matter from text encoding basics to strategies for large project management. The event attracts participants from all over the world for a time of intensive coursework, seminar participation, and lectures. We aim to provide an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library and Archives communities as well as independent scholars and participants from areas beyond can share ideas and methods, and can develop expertise in applying advanced technologies to activities that impact teaching, research, dissemination and preservation.

The DHSI Colloquium was started by Diane Jakacki in 2009. Since its conception, the colloquium has welcomed over 200 participants. In the fall of 2016, I joined James O’Sullivan and Mary Galvin as the Colloquium Assistant. In the summer of 2016, I stepped into the role of Co-Chair when Mary Galvin decided to step down. In this role, my responsibilities include: co-drafting of the Call for Papers, creating of the presentation schedule, sending presentation acceptance emails, chairing panels, and running of the colloquium events (presentations and poster session) during the two-weeks of DHSI.