Simon Harel (Université de Montréal) on “Precarious Mobility and Migration Narratives”

The IDI in Digital Humanities DH Speaker Series concludes for this year on Thursday!

Simon Harel (Université de Montréal)
“Precarious Mobility and Migration Narratives”
20 March, 2014
Lawson Hall 1218



Lecture and Official Opening for SASAH’s Digital “Educating Imaginations”

“Educating Imaginations: The SASAH Digital Lecture Series”
Thursday, 13 March, 2014

7:00-9:00 pm
Central Library
Stevenson & Hunt A&B
251 Dundas Street
London, Ontario

The School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH) at Western University officially inaugurates it new online lecture series, “Educating Imaginations.” During this launch event, we’ll be introducing and demonstrating this new public resource for the Humanities.

A centerpiece of the evening will be a live presentation by Dr. Kelly Olson of the Department of Classical Studies on “Sex and Shoes.”


Public Lecture: Francis Donoghue on MOOCs — 11 April, 2013

Professor Frank Donoghue (author of The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities) will deliver a public lecture:

"And the MOOC Shall Inherit the Earth."

“And the MOOC Shall Inherit the Earth: Predicting the Future of Massive Online Higher Education.”
Thursday 11 April 2013
Conron Hall, University College 224
Western University
London, Ontario

With thanks to the Visiting Speakers Fund in the Department of English and Writing Studies; the Dean’s Office, FAH; the Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology; the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; the Dean’s Office, FIMS; and the Dean’s Office, FSS.

With thanks, also, to Donna Pennee.

Tonight! Taking DH Off Campus at the UnLab!

Taking DH Off Campus


You are invited to join us tomorrow evening at 7pm at UnLab for an informal chat about all things digital humanities. If you are curious about DH and want to know more, if you have ideas for DH related projects, of if you simply want to listen, check out the UnLab, and be inspired, please join us!

Discussion is always open and takes many directions. Tomorrow we need to gather ideas on how to showcase Western’s DH classes/projects to the larger HASTAC community, and also ponder what type of DH projects can be done during a 14 hour bus ride! Curious? Come and find out!

Wednesday, March 27th

7:00 pm
The UnLab 
999 Collip Circle
Convergence Centre 
(Lower Level)
You can find information about and directions to the UnLab (which is just north of campus) here:

With thanks to Kim Martin and Devon Elliott!

Paul Spence speaks on “Connection Audiences? The Digital Humanities and Research Culture” — 21 March, 2013

The IDI in Digital Humanities Speakers Series concludes for this year with a presentation on Thursday by Paul Spence (King’s College London)!

Paul Spence Poster

“Connecting audiences? The Digital Humanities and research culture in the Arts & Humanities”
Thursday March 21st, 2013
3:30-5:00 pm
Lawson Hall 2270C

While digital tools and methodologies are undoubtedly having a transformative effect on many areas of academia, their impact on research culture in the Arts and Humanities has been less assured. Ambitious visions of interconnected scholarly communities are yet to materialise, and in spite of substantial progress on the tools and standards needed to facilitate dialogue and interoperability, it is not clear that humanities scholarship has become significantly more ‘connected’ as a result of the digital ‘turn’.

The recently completed ‘Out of the Wings’ research project (, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, sought to create a collaborative research environment which would bring together theatre practitioners, translators and academics interested in the reception of Spanish language theatre in an English-speaking context. Using the project as a case study, this presentation explores the challenges for the Digital Humanities in connecting audiences, research cultures and data.

With thanks (as usual!) to Élika Ortega and Kim Martin!

Anatoliy Gruzd (Dalhousie) on “Wired Academia: Why Social Science Scholars Are Using Social Media.”

This term’s Digital Humanities Speaker Series continues on Friday, 1st March, with Professor Anatoliy Gruzd from Dalhousie University!

Anatoliy Gruzd
Director, Social Media Lab, Dalhousie University
“Wired Academia: Why Social Science Scholars Are Using Social Media.”
Friday, March 1st
3:30 PM
Room LH 2270C


Anatoliy Gruzd on Scholarship and Social Media

Wondering how and why social media has become an important part of scholarship? This is your chance to find out!

At 4:00 pm 0n Thursday, February 28th, University College 114, Prof. Gruzd will also be holding a tutorial on mining and analysis of social media for research.

As social creatures, our online lives just like our offline lives are intertwined with others within a wide variety of social networks. Each retweet on Twitter, comment on a blog or link to a Youtube video explicitly or implicitly connects one online participant to another and contributes to the formation of various information and social networks. Once discovered, these networks can provide researchers with an effective mechanism for identifying and studying collaborative processes within any online community. However, collecting information about online networks using traditional methods such as surveys can be very time consuming and expensive. This tutorial will explore automated ways to discover and analyze various social networks from social media data.

This workshop, designed for graduate students and faculty, has limited space available. Please respond to if you plan on attending.

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd ( is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Management and Director of the Social Media Lab ( at Dalhousie University, Canada. His research initiatives explore how social media and other web 2.0 technologies are changing the ways in which people disseminate knowledge and information and how these changes are impacting social, economic and political norms and structures of our modern society. Dr. Gruzd is also actively developing and testing new web tools and apps for discovering and visualizing information and online social networks. The broad aim of his various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviors and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.

(And with thanks to Elika Ortega and Kim Martin for organization and the poster!)

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!