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!)

Stephann Makri speaks on “Coming Across Information Serendipitously: An Empirical Study” at Western

Tomorrow, the The IDI in Digital Humanities Speakers Series at Western continues, with Stephann Makri (University College London) speaking on the subject of “Coming Across Information Serendipitously: An Empirical Study.” The paper will be in Lawson Hall 2270C, and is open to all!

Stephann Makri speaks on Serendipity

On Friday morning, he will be leading a graduate workshop on “Serendipity Stories” in the North Campus Building, Room 295, from 10am-12pm. (Limited Room Available:  Contact if interested).

This is the second of five speakers in the Speakers Series this term; watch here for an announcement regarding speakers in the second term!

IDI in Digital Humanities at Western Speakers Series

Speakers Series PosterWord on a terrific and exciting new lecture series from Western’s IDI in Digital Humanities! Many thanks to Élika Ortega for passing this on!

The University of Western Ontario and the IDI in Digital Humanities are proud to announce the upcoming Digital Humanities Speaker Series. These lectures will introduce new students & faculty to the use of digital tools for teaching and research. At the same time, they will challenge those already involved with DH to think about topics such as interdisciplinarity, information seeking and the future of humanities research. Please join us to learn about any (or all!) of the following:

Lee Skallerup Bessette
Morehead State University
“Intimacy, Community, and Collectivity: Interdisciplinarity and Digital Humanities”
October 11th
Lawson Hall, Room 2270C, 3:00pm

Stephann Makri
University College London
“Coming Across Information Serendipitously: An Empirical Study”
October 25th
Lawson Hall, Room 2270C, 3:00pm

Brian Greenspan
Carleton University
“The Digital Humanities and Other Utopias”
November 15th
Lawson Hall, Room 1127, 3:00pm

Christine McWebb
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
“Developing New Approaches to Teaching and Research: The Example of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus for Digital Media”
November 22nd
Lawson Hall, Room 2270C, 3:00pm

John Fink
McMaster University
“Getting to Day 1: The Turbulent Pre-History of a Digital Humanities Centre”
November 29th
Lawson Hall, Room 2270C, 3:00pm