Andrew Piper (McGill) on “Adventures in Topological Reading” at Western

Andrew Piper on "Adventures in Topological Reading”

We are delighted to announce an upcoming paper by Dr. Andrew Piper from McGill.

Andrew Piper
“Adventures in Topological Reading”
Friday, 8 February
Lawson Hall 2270C

In this talk I will present some of my current collaborative work to create topological models for visualizing literary history. While the term topology covers a variety of fields that extend from graph theory to the mathematics of continuous spaces to thinking about topoi or linguistic “commonplaces,” we are using it as a means of modeling linguistic patterns to understand the spatial connections of literary texts. In bringing to light the distributed recurrences of language that otherwise escape our critical readings, how can topology tell us new things about our literary past? Projects to be discussed include the impact of the eighteenth-century epistolary novel, the meaning of social networks in detective fiction, and the rhetoric of conversion in autobiography and the novel.

Andrew Piper is associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and associate member in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His new book, Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago, 2012), is an attempt to map out the possible futures of reading through an understanding of the historical entanglements of books, bodies, and screens. As part of his work on the lineaments between print and digital culture, he is co-founder of the FQRSC-funded research group, Interacting with Print: Cultural Practices of Intermediality, 1700-1900, as well as CiteLab, a new digital humanities initiative at McGill University. In addition to a number of articles that explore the intersections of literature and the book in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, he is the author of Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (Chicago, 2009), which was awarded the MLA Prize for a first book.

This presentation is co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, The IDI in Digital Humanities, and the Research Group for Electronic and Textuality and Theory.

Dr. Piper will also be another giving a talk at Western on this same Friday at 3:30pm, on the subject of “Reactive Life: The Instrumentality of Modern Autobiography,” Somerville House 2348.

 Many thanks to Tilottama Rajan and Juan Luis Suarez for co-sponsoring this event!

“Developing a ‘Live’ Distance Studies Course”

This from the Faculty of Social Science at Western University:

Come and learn about how Tony and Livia designed a distance studies version of an introductory statistics course which simulated a live lecture as closely as possible.

Tony Vernon and Livia Veselka
Date: January 31st 
Time: Noon (Bring A Lunch!) 
Place: SSC 9420


Developing a "Live" Distance Learning Course

Tony Vernon has been a member of the Department of Psychology at Western since 1982 and has taught an introductory statistics course at least once a year since then. Livia Veselka is a PhD student in the Personality and Measurement area of the Department of Psychology who has been a teaching assistant for a number of different statistics courses. Tony and Livia have both received multiple teaching awards.


Online Citation Software: A Workshop on Mendeley and Zotero

On 5 February, the Research Group for Electronic Textuality and Theory will be holding a special workshop for faculty and graduate students, to be led by Kim Martin from FIMS:

“Online Citation Software: A Workshop on Mendeley and Zotero
5 February, 2013
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Somerville House Room 2317

Mendeley and Zotero are free online and desktop applications that facilitate citation, reference management, archiving, and online sharing of research materials and citation lists.  Zotero is open source software designed in particular for the Humanities at George Mason University.

Workshop on Mendeley and Zotero

Kim will begin with a brief discussion of the merits and advantages of both these applications, and then lead participants through the steps in setting up and managing their own online reference library. Participants should plan to bring a laptop computer with them to the session, and should (if possible) have registered for and installed both programmes on it. No registration is required for this workshop.

Zotero can be downloaded here:
Mendeley can be downloaded here:

Glen Worthey (Stanford University) Speaks at Western on “Margins of Error”

Announcing the first of this year’s IDI in Digital Humanities Speakers Series!

Glen Worthey
“Margins of Error”
Thursday Jan 24th
Lawson Hall 2270C.


Glen Worthy, "Margins of Error"

Dr. Worthey will also be teaching a graduate workshop on TEI on Friday Jan 25th to be held at the CulturePlex Lab (UC114) 10:00am

Glen Worthey is Digital Humanities Librarian in the Stanford University Libraries, and head of the Libraries’ Digital Initiatives Group. Glen has been active in the digital humanities since about 1995, was a co-host of the international “Digital Humanities 2011″ conference at Stanford. He’s currently a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Steering Committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and the Board of Directors of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C).

Glen’s library work is focused on the selection, creation and curation of digital resources for humanities research and teaching at Stanford, and he is a member of the Stanford Literary Lab. His academic background and interests are in Russian literature (in which he is currently ABD at the University of California, Berkeley), Spanish language, translation theory and practice, and children’s literature and culture.

With thanks to Elika Ortega and Kimberley Martin for the work on this!

Digital Humanities Speakers Series

The second instalment of Western’s Digital Humanities Speaker Series is starting on Thursday, January 24th with a talk by Glen Worthey, the Digital Humanities Librarian at Stanford University. Last term’s talks were a great success, with the audience and the interest growing with each speaker. As the IDI in Digital Humanities at Western launches its first two classes, please join us in welcoming this semester’s speakers in raising awareness of the importance of technology in humanities education and research.

DHSS 2013

Making TIES@Western: There’s Still Lots of Time to Submit!

Making TIES@Western

The window for submissions to “Making TIES@Western,” the symposium for Technology in Education at Western University, closes on 25 January, but there’s still lots of time to send in a proposal for a session, paper, or poster presentation!

Submissions can be sent to:

Taking DH Off Campus Night Returns! 16 January, 2013.

Taking DH Off Campus, 16 Jan., 2013

Come join us on Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, for the first Taking DH Off Campus meeting of the new year!

We’ll be meeting once at the UnLab, 999 Collip Circle in the Convergence Centre, just north of Western University’s campus.

We’ll be meeting shortly after the Faculty of Information and Media Studies’ panel discussion on “Digital Boon or Digital Gloom? The Virtual Future of Higher Education,” and our discussion will commence with a continuation on the theme of online learning. Attendance at the FIMS event is not, however, necessary for those attending this meeting, and discussion will be, as always, open to a variety of subjects relating to the Digital Humanities.

Come be a part of this informal discussion group on all things related to technology and the Humanities!