The DHN has been working on a Development and Launch proposal to the University’s Institutional Strategic Initiatives
fund over the 2019-2020 academic year. We convened two plenary strategic planning sessions in Nov 2019 and April 2020, with about 50 folks in attendance at each event. The ISI proposal requires divisional matching funds, and Director Elspeth Brown—working with a team of collaborators—has convened nearly 50 meetings with deans, Chairs, and faculty members on all three campuses since last fall. We completed a full draft proposal on June 1, 2020, which included robust divisional support for a number of exciting initiatives, including postdoctoral fellowship support; graduate student fellowships; support for emerging research projects; and staffing support on all three campuses. Over the summer, we have convened a smaller group of ten faculty members from all three campuses to review, revise, and strengthen the proposal. We’ve convened three meetings, with the final one scheduled to take place on August 4. We’ll then take the remainder of August to complete the final draft, with the goal that it can be reviewed by the ISI Working Group in their September meeting. If successful, this grant will seed the DHN with an average of 225K for each of 5 years, in addition to the matching support pledged by the four divisions (FAS, Faculty of Information, UTM, and UTSC). We look forward to sharing that proposal when complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elspeth Brown at DHN.Director@utoronto.ca
Congratulations to Alexandra Gillespie!
Alexandra Gillespie, the founding Director of the Digital Humanities network, has been appointed vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga
. Alex did invaluable work as Director of the DHN 2016-2019, working with the support of the Jackman Humanities Institute to bring the DHN into being. She also serves as the chair of the department of English and drama at UTM and the director of the Old Books New Science Lab
. Her research in medieval book history includes serving as a co-PI for the the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded projects Digital Tools for Manuscript Study
(2015-2018) and The Book and the Silk Roads
(2019-2021), as well as the forthcoming monograph Chaucer’s Books
. The university is fortunate to have her incredible vision and energy in this new sphere.
Welcome to Jennifer Ross and Lawrence Evalyn
We would like to extend a warm welcome two new additions to the DHN: Jennifer Ross, the incoming Postdoctoral Fellow, and Lawrence Evalyn, the network's inaugural Program Assistant.
Jennifer Ross researches contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, critical disaster and terrorism studies, and the critical digital humanities. Her dissertation, "Insurgents on the Bayou: Hurricane Katrina, Counterterrorism, and Literary Dissent on America’s Gulf Coast," explores forms of political resistance put forward in literature and film produced after the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. She graduates with her Ph.D. from William & Mary this August, and holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in English literature and History from the University of Michigan-Flint. In 2019, Jennifer was awarded the Michael R. Halleran Dissertation Completion Fellowship from William & Mary, as well as earned an Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Selections of her research can be found in the forthcoming edited volumes Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples
(Vernon Press, 2020) and Liberal Disorder: Emergency Politics, Populist Uprisings, and Digital Dictatorships
Lawrence Evalyn studies digital research infrastructures and their impact on eighteenth century studies. He is a current Ph.D. Candidate in English at the University of Toronto. His dissertation, "Print Politics in the Digital Archive, 1789-99," investigates principles of inclusion and exclusion in eighteenth-century conceptions of literature and in contemporary digital databases. He holds a B.A. in English from Duke University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. Collaborative research to which he has contributed is forthcoming in Digital Humanities Quarterly
As always, we welcome newsletter submissions of other events, CFPs, job postings, or digital resources that may be of interest during this time. Stay safe and take care!
Elspeth Brown, Director
Jennifer Ross, Postdoctoral Fellow
Lawrence Evalyn, Program Assistant