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



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!

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!

Christine McWebb Speaks on “Developing New Approaches to Teaching and Research””

The IDI in Digital Humanities Speakers Series in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University continues this Thursday with a visit and presentation from Christine McWebb, Director, Academic Programmes, at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.

“Developing New Approaches to Teaching and Research: The Example of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus for Digital Media.”
Thursday, 22 November
Lawson Hall 2270C

Dr. McWebb received a PhD in French from the University of Western Ontario, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo. She serves as the Director, Academic Programs at the Waterloo Stratford Campus. She has published extensively in the areas of late medieval literature/culture, the interaction between text and iconography, scientific discourse in literature, and Digital Humanities, and is director of the MARGOT project ( In this last capacity, she heads a number of international collaborative projects in the area of Digital Humanities.

Brian Greenspan speaks on “Digital Humanities and Other Utopias” at Western

Brian Greenspan on "Digital Humanities and Other Utopias"On Thursday, 15 November, 2012, as part of the continuing IDI in Digital Humanities Speakers Series, Brian Greenspan, Director of the Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab at Carleton University will be speaking on the subject of “Digital Humanities and Other Utopias.”  The presentation will begin at 3:00 PM, and will be in Lawson Hall 1217.

Later that evening, Dr. Greenspan will be joining us for “Taking DH Off Campus” at the Central Branch of the London Library; for more information, see the post below.