Invited Members of the DHSI Team for this year include the following leading and emerging research theorists and practitioners in the digital arts and humanities:

Invited Instructors

Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria; returning)​ ​ is Associate Director of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. She focuses on research facilitation and open social scholarship, and has the pleasure of working with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) group and helping out with the coordination of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), where she is perhaps better known as ​​@AlyssaA_DHSI.

John F. Barber (Washington State U, Vancouver; returning) teaches in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. His sound+radio art has been broadcast on framework radio, RadiaLx, and Radio Futura, and included in several international gallery and online exhibitions. He developed and maintains Radio Nouspace ( as both a curated virtual listening gallery and a practice-based research and creative practice space. He is also the developer and curator of (, the comprehensive archive for information regarding the life and works of author Richard Brautigan. A new project is The Brautigan Library (, a collection of unpublished manuscripts, each with it own, unique story to tell. His twitter presence is @RadioNouspace.

Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan; returning) is an Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, and the Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan where he teaches electronic art, digital humanities, and the book arts. He loves old books and new bicycles.

Elisa Beshero-Bondar (U Pittsburgh at Greensburg; returning) is Director of the Center for the Digital Text and Associate Professor of English at U Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she teaches undergraduate students to code and build digital projects with the XML family of languages. She is founder and director of the Digital Mitford Project ( which hosts an annual coding school for graduate students, faculty, scholarly editors, and librarians interested in learning coding and digital project management methods used in the project. She was elected to the TEI Technical Council in 2015, where she works with ten other members from around the world in revising the TEI Guidelines and schema and supporting the TEI community.

David J. Birnbaum (U Pittsburgh; returning) is Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. He has been involved in the study of electronic text technology since the mid-1980s, has delivered presentations at a variety of electronic text technology conferences, and has served on the board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the editorial board of Markup languages: Theory and practice, and the Text Encoding Initiative Council. Much of his electronic text work intersects with his research in medieval Slavic manuscript studies, but he also often writes about issues in the philosophy of markup.

Jason Boyd (Ryerson U; returning) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, a Co-Director of Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities, and an Assistant Director of DHSI. Before taking up his position at Ryerson, Jason was a Senior Research Associate and the Digital Projects Manager at Records of Early English Drama (REED), where he was involved in the development and coordination of a number of digital humanities projects. Jason teaches classes and leads workshops on DH, digital making, eLit, and digital games at Ryerson and elsewhere. He researches computer-assisted methods for studying life writing and computational creativity. He regularly attends DHSI, and over the past few years, has co-led a DHSI unconference session on DH and Queer Studies.

Christina Boyles (Michigan State U; returning) is an assistant professor in the writing, rhetoric, and American cultures department. She is co-founder of the Makers by Mail project ( and the Hurricane Memorial Project. Her research explores the relationship between surveillance, social justice, and the environment. Her published work appears in The Southern Literary Journal, The South Central Review, and Plath Profiles, and her forthcoming work will appear in the next three iterations of the Debates in the Digital Humanities series, as well as Digital Humanities Quarterly and Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Susan Brown (U Guelph / Alberta; returning) is Canada Research Chair in Digital Scholarship (Tier 1) and Professor of English at the University of Guelph, as well as Visiting Professor in English and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Her research in digital humanities, Victorian literature, and women’s writing informs Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (, an ongoing experiment in digital literary history, published online by Cambridge University Press since 2006, that she directs and co-edits. She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (, a CFI-funded online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. CWRC is developing tools for collaborative knowledge production, interoperability, and sustainability of digital scholarly resources. Her current research spans aspects of text encoding, text mining, visualization, interface design and usability, and the impacts of technological innovation on Victorian literature. She is President (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/ Societé Canadienne des humanités numérique.

Joanna Byszuk (Polish Academy of Sciences; returning) is a researcher at the Institute of Polish Language, Polish Academy of Sciences, where she works on developing NLP solutions for Polish language. Her interests include computational stylistics and discourse analysis, in particular with application to audiovisual and historical works.

Robin Davies (Vancouver Island U; returning) teaches in the Media Studies Department at Vancouver Island University. He studied Double Bass (BMus) and Music Technology (MA) at McGill's Schulich School of Music. His interests include the utilization of the human voice in auditory storytelling, sound design for visual art, the construction and use of software-based musical instruments for live electronic music performance, and helping others embrace technology for use in their creative endeavours. Robin's sound design and remix work can be heard on releases from six records, maple music, ad noiseam, and Sunchaser Pictures. Robin currently performs as part of the multimedia collective Meridian.

Timothy Duguid (U Glasgow; returning) is Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow. His current research interests focus on the curation of digital scholarship in music, and he working on a virtual research environment called Music Scholarship Online (MuSO) that draws together published scholarship, digitized archival materials, and born-digital scholarship into a single online portal ( He has also worked on Reformation history and early modern music, resulting in the creation of a performing edition of the early modern musical settings form the Wode Psalter (, and he was associate editor for the digital project “Letters in Exile: Documents from the Marian Exile” (

John Durno (U Victoria; returning) is the Head of Library Systems at the University of Victoria, where he oversees the team responsible for computing operations and software development in the Libraries. His current research focus is in the area of digital archaeology, with a specialization in the restoration of Telidon/NAPLPS graphics.

Maciej Eder (Polish Academy of Sciences; returning) is director of the Institute of Polish Language (Polish Academy of Sciences), and associate professor at the Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland. He is interested in European literature of the Renaissance and the Baroque, classical heritage in early modern literature, and scholarly editing (his most recent book is a critical edition of 16th-century Polish translations of the Dialogue of Salomon and Marcolf). For at least a couple of years, he’s been interested in computer-based stylometry and non-traditional authorship attribution. His work is now focused on a thorough re-examination of current attribution methods and applying them to non-English languages, e.g. Latin and Ancient Greek.

Øyvind Eide (U Cologne; returning) is a Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne. His research interests are focused on the modelling of cultural heritage information, especially as a tool for critical engagement with the relationships between texts and maps as media of communication. He is also engaged in theoretical studies of modelling in the light of media modalities and semiotics.

Randa El Khatib (U Victoria; returning; @randaelka) is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Victoria, where she also holds the Special Projects Coordinator position in the ETCL. Working on plays and epic poetry of the English Renaissance, Randa’s research focuses on how space is represented in fictional and allegorical settings, and how it can be visualized in digital environments. She is also the Managing Editor of Early Modern Digital Review.

Astrid Ensslin (U Alberta; returning) is Professor in Digital Humanities and Game Studies, who divides her teaching and research activities between the Departments of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, and Digital Humanities. Prior to her current post, she held faculty, research, teaching, and administration positions in the UK and Germany, at the Universities of Tübingen, Leeds, Manchester, and Bangor. Her main publications include Small Screen Fictions (Paradoxa, 2017, co-edited with Lisa Swanstrom and Pawel Frelik), Literary Gaming (MIT Press, 2014), Analyzing Digital Fiction (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Alice Bell and Hans Kristian Rustad), The Language of Gaming (Palgrave, 2011), Creating Second Lives: Community, Identity and Spatiality as Constructions of the Virtual (Routledge, 2011, co-edited with Eben Muse), Canonizing Hypertext: Explorations and Constructions (Bloomsbury, 2007), and Language in the Media: Representations, Identity, Ideology (Bloomsbury, 2007, co-edited with Sally Johnson). She has led externally funded research projects on videogames across cultures, reading and analyzing digital fiction, and specialized language corpora. She is Director and Secretary of the Electronic Literature Organization and currently PI on a new SSHRC-funded project on “Writing New Bodies” in and through digital fiction, in collaboration with body image psychologists Carla Rice and Sarah Riley, and award-winning digital fiction developer, Christine Wilks.

Chris Friend (Saint Leo U; returning) is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. He is also the Director of Hybrid Pedagogy. He holds a PhD in Texts & Technology from the University of Central Florida. His research works to define hybridity and collaboration in education, with particular attention to their influence in first-year composition courses. He tweets at @chris_friend, and his personal web site is

Ian Gregory (Lancaster U; returning) is a Professor of Digital Humanities at Lancaster University. His research interests include the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in the humanities, including both history and literary studies. He co-directs Lancaster’s Digital Humanities Hub. He has led a number of major grants including the European Research Council "Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places" and Leverhulme Trust funded “Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities” projects. He has written or edited seven books in the field and published a large number of articles and book chapters.

Dene Grigar (Washington State U, Vancouver; returning) is President of the Electronic Literature Organization. A Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver, her research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature. She has authored 14 media works as well as 52 scholarly articles. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the International Symposium on Electronic Art and the Modern Language Association, among other venues. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she has produced the open source, multimedia book for scholars, Pathfinders, and the forthcoming book of criticism with MIT Press, Traversals.

Yuta Hashimoto (National Museum of Japanese History; returning) is an Assistant Professor at National Museum of Japanese History. He holds M.A. in History of Science and is going to gain a PhD in Digital Humanities from Kyoto University by 2018. He has experience as a programmer for three years in the private sector. He has engaged in several development projects for supporting research and education in Japanese studies. One of his recent works is KuLA (, a mobile learning app for reading classical calligraphic renderings of Japanese characters (kuzushiji), which has been downloaded 80,000 times. He is also the founder of Minnna de Honkoku (, a crowdsourced transcription platform for pre-modern Japanese materials. The platform was launched in January 2017, and since then 4,000 folios have been transcribed by 3,000 registered users.

Davin Heckman (Winona State U; returning) is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, teaching courses in media studies, digital culture, ethics, and theory. He is the Supervising Editor of the Electronic Literature Directory and Managing Editor of the Electronic Book Review, where he also serves as Editor of the Electropoetics Thread. His book, A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Perfect Day (Duke University Press) addresses the intersection of technology, the home, and popular culture in everyday life. Heckman serves on the Board of the Electronic Literature Organization. His articles on electronic literature have been published in Dichtung Digital, Culture Machine, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He lives in Winona, Minnesota with his partner, Carrie, and their four children.

David Hoover (New York U; returning) is Professor of English at NYU, where he teaches digital humanities, authorship, stylistics, Chaucer, and science fiction. His most recent publications include “Text-analysis Tools in Excel,” forthcoming in O’Sullivan, J., ed. Digital Humanities for Literary Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practices, University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2017; “The Microanalysis of Textual Variation,” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Advance Access, April 28, 2017, 1-14; “Argument, Evidence, and the Limits of Digital Literary Studies,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities: 2016, Ed. Matthew Gold, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2016, 230-50; and Digital Literary Studies: Corpus Approaches to Poetry, Prose, and Drama (2014), with Jonathan Culpeper and Kieran O’Halloran. Active in what is now called digital humanities for thirty-five years, he has taught a text-analysis class at DHSI since 2008. He is currently writing a book on how modes of composition (handwriting, dictation, typing, word-processing) affect authorial style.

Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U; returning) is a Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Bucknell University. Her research interests include early modern drama, literature and popular culture, and digital humanities and pedagogy. Her most recent research involves mapping and visualization of sixteenth-century touring theatre troupes throughout England.

Dorothy Kim (Brandeis U; returning) is an Assistant Professor in English. She was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies where she finished a monograph entitled Jewish/Christian Entanglements: Ancrene Wisse and its Material Worlds which is forthcoming from the University of Toronto press. She also has another book, Digital Whiteness and Medieval Studies, under contract with ArcPress/Western Michigan University Press which discusses white supremacy, white nationalism, neo-nazis online and their love of the Middle Ages. She has received fellowships from the SSHRC, Ford Foundation, Fulbright, and Mellon. She is the co-project director in the NEH-funded Scholarly Editions and Translations project An Archive of Early Middle English that plans to create a 161 MSS database for medieval English manuscripts from 1100-1348 that include all items in Early Middle English. She is editing a volume with Jesse Stommel (University of Mary Washington) on Disrupting the Digital Humanities (forthcoming, punctum books) that discusses the marginal methodologies and critical diversities in the Digital Humanities. She is also co-editing a volume with Adeline Koh, Alternative Genealogies of the Digital Humanities (forthcoming, puncture books) that considers the issues of race, gender, white supremacy in the deep history of DH. She has co-written articles on “#GawkingatRapeCulture,” “TwitterEthics,” and written articles about “TwitterPanic” and “Social Media and Academic Surveillance” at She has a forthcoming article with Frontiers in an issue on digital feminism on Beyonce's "Lemonade" and is a contributor to Feminist Debates in DH on feminist archives. She is the medieval editor for the Orland Project 2.0 and can be followed @dorothyk98. She was named by Diverse: Issues in Higher Ed 2015 Emerging Scholar under 40.

Mary Catherine Kinniburgh (New York Public Library; returning) is a curatorial associate at The New York Public Library, where she works in exhibitions and specializes in literary manuscripts. She received her Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center, CUNY, where her research and teaching focused on book history, materiality, and digital humanities. As a Digital Fellow for Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and also Columbia U Libraries, she established and ran a makerspace, developed curriculum for the Digital Research Institutes, and taught workshops on command line, physical computing, text encoding, and more. Her work is published or forthcoming in Book History, Digital Medievalist, Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Asanobu Kitmoto (National Institute of Informatics; returning) earned his Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. He is now Director of Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH), Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Associate Professor of National Institute of Informatics, and SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies). His main technical interest is image processing, but he also extends the approach of data-driven science into a wide range of disciplines such as humanities, earth science and environment, and disaster reduction. He received Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Recommended Works, IPSJ Yamashita Award, and others. He is also interested in trans-disciplinary collaboration for the promotion of open science.

Yvonne Lam (Chef Software; returning) is a dev-ops engineer who works on systems and tools for building, releasing, and deploying software in humane and sensible ways. She is interested in configuration management, building better developer toolsets and environments, and digital labor. She is comfortable running various flavors of Unix/Linux, writes Ruby, is learning Go, and spends a lot of time thinking about teaching and learning in open source and other communities.

Jonathan Martin (Kings College London; returning. @songsthatsaved) has studied various literatures at Cambridge (Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic) and York (UK, English and Related Literature), and is now a member of the Ph.D. program in Digital Humanities at King's. The focus of this doctoral work is an ethnography of digital humanists, which he is currently undertaking here at the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory. Jonathan is also a freelance programmer and system administrator, and the lead programmer/designer for the Thoreau¹s Kalendar Project. He is also excited to be teaching two courses at DHSI: ­ XML Applications and Databases for Historical and Literary Research (with Scott McGinnis) and Information Security for Digital Researchers. Ever the nerd, he would love to chat about retro computing/gaming, hacking, '80s alternative rock, Linux, Anglo-Saxon literature, or oral culture.

Aaron Mauro (Penn State Erie, Behrend C; returning) is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He is the director of the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab and teaches on topics relating to digital culture, computational text analysis, and scholarly communication. His articles on U.S. literature and culture have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Symploke among others. He has also published on issues relating to digital humanities in both Digital Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly.

Luis Meneses (U Victoria; returning) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab. He is a Fulbright scholar, and currently serves on the board of the TEI Consortium and on the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. His research interests include digital humanities, digital libraries, information retrieval and human-computer interaction. His research at the ETCL focusses on the development of tools that facilitate open social scholarship.

Paige Morgan (U Miami; returning) is a Digital Humanities Librarian, and specializes in questions around data modeling and digital humanities infrastructure. Previously she has worked on developing digital humanities and digital scholarship communities at the University of Washington, and at McMaster University as a CLIR postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests include linked data and emotional labor in technology work, and you can find her writing at DH+Lib and in a forthcoming issue of College and Undergraduate Libraries.

Emily Christina Murphy (U Victoria; returning) is a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of English and the Linked Modernisms Project. Her research interests include psychiatric history, literary modernism, women’s writing, editorship, linked open data, and social network analysis. Her publications appear in English Studies in Canada and Digital Humanities Quarterly.

Kiyonori Nagasaki (International Institute for Digital Humanities; returning) is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Digital Humanities in Tokyo. His main research interest is in the development of digital frameworks for collaboration in Buddhist studies. He is also engaging in investigation into the significance of digital methodology in Humanities and in promotion of DH activities in Japan. He has taught DH including TEI in several courses in the University of Tokyo. He has been publishing monthly e-newsletter on DH since 2011 as the general editor. He has been participated in a number of Digital Humanities projects conducted at several institutions in Japan and abroad such as the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, the National Diet Library, the National Institute of Japanese Language and Linguistics, and the University of Hamburg. His activities also include postgraduate education in DH at the University of Tokyo as well as administrative tasks at several scholarly societies.

Satoru Nakamura (U Tokyo; returning) is an assistant professor at the department of Information Technology Center of the University of Tokyo. His main research interest is development and utilization of digital collections. He is currently engaged in developing digital collections of academic research resources in UTokyo Library. He is also conducting the research development in the digital humanities with IIIF, TEI and LOD.

Angel David Nieves (SDSU; returning) is Associate Professor of History and Digital Humanities at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the Area of Excellence in Digital Humanities and Global Diversity. Nieves (2017-2018) was, most recently, Presidential Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and was an affiliate in the Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab). He was also Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College (2008-2017).

Jessica Otis (George Mason U; returning) is Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Assistant Professor of History. She received her Ph.D. in History and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and has articles in the Journal of British Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. Her current research focuses on popular mathematics including numeracy, arithmetical education, cryptography, and mortality statistics in early modern Britain. She is online at and on Twitter at @jmotis13

Gregory Palermo (Northeastern U; returning) is a PhD student in English and a Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly. His resarch involves applying computational text and citation analysis methods to DHQ's XML-based corpus of articles and bibliographic database. He has been a Graduate Fellow of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and an Associate of the Digital Scholarship group in Northeastern University Library, where he provided training and support to faculty-student digital projects. He tweets at @gregory_palermo.

Andy Petersen (Michigan State U; returning) is a digital scholarship librarian in the MSU Libraries. He is co-founder of the Makers by Mail project (, and his research centers on issues surrounding data ethics, surveillance, and maker culture.

Amanda Phillips (Georgetown U; returning) is assistant professor of English and film and media studies at Georgetown University. She serves as chair of the American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus and is co-editor of the Game Studies special issue on queerness and video games. Her publications can be found in Debates in the Digital Humanities, Queer Game Studies, Games and Culture, and Digital Creativity. Previously, she was the IMMERSe Postdoctoral Fellow in the ModLab at the University of California, Davis.

Harvey Quamen (U Alberta; returning) is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the University of Alberta, where he teaches courses on scripting, databases, data visualization, cyberculture, posthumanism, and 19th- and 20th-century literature. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College, London, and has participated in several large collaborative research teams, including Editing Modernism in Canada, the Canadian Writers Research Collaboratory, and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments Project. His research interests include “big data” humanities, including text mining, social network analysis, and data visualizations. He and collaborator Jon Bath will soon be publishing "Relational Databases for Humanists" as part of the "Programming for Humanists" series edited by Laura Mandell and Quinn Dombrowski.

Jonathan Reeve (Columbia U; @j0_0n; returning) is a graduate student in English and Comparative Literature, specializing in computational literary analysis. He has worked as a programmer for the Modern Language Association, New York University, and the City University of New York. His recent projects include Middlemarch Critical Histories, applications of text reuse detection technologies to the study of literary critical reception histories; Git-Lit, an application of distributed version control toward the creation of 50,000 digital scholarly editions; and Corpus-DB, a structured textual corpus database. Software he has authored includes macro-etym, a tool for macro-etymological textual analysis; chapterize, a utility for computationally identifying textual structures; and text-matcher, an approximate text reuse detection application. His latest publication is "A Macro-Etymological Analysis of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," in Reading Modernism with Machines, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Find his blog at

Josh Romphf (U Rochester; returning). Originally from London, Ontario, Josh Romphf is currently a programmer in the River Campus Libraries' Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Romphf specializes in video encoding, image processing / computer vision, multimedia preservation, and fabrication / physical computing.

Bonnie "Bo" Ruberg (U California, Irvine; returning) is an assistant professor of digital games and interactive media in the Department of Informatics and the Program in Visual Studies. They are the author of Video Games Have Always Been Queer (New York University Press, 2019), the co-editor of Queer Game Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), and the co-lead organizer of the annual Queerness and Games Conference.

Jon Saklofske (Acadia U; returning) is a Professor specialising in the writing of the British Romantic period and continuing interest in the ways that William Blake’s composite art illuminates the relationship between words and images on the printed page has inspired current work on the NewRadial data visualisation tool and additional research into larger correlations between media forms and cultural perceptions. In addition to co-leading and actively researching for INKE’s Modelling and Prototyping group, he is actively exploring the usefulness of incorporating virtual environments and game-based pedagogy into undergraduate courses. Other research interests include virtuality and environmental storytelling in Disney theme parks as well as player agency, procedural rhetoric, feminist values and the relationship between networks and narratives in video games.

Zoe Schubert (U Cologne; returning) is working as a research associate and lecturer for Digital Humanities at the Institute for Digital Humanities / Computer Science for the Humanities (Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung) at the University of Cologne, Germany. Zoe Schubert holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science for the Humanities and Media Science. She is writing her dissertation about „Virtual Reality as a transformative technology in the Humanities - Theater in VR“. Supervisors are Prof. Dr. Øyvind Eide and Prof. Dr. Manfred Thaller from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her research interests include Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Media Transformations, visualisations and web technologies.

Tatsuki Sekino (International Research Center for Japanese Studies; returning) is a professor of International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan. He earned his Ph.D. in science from Kyoto University in 1998. His main research interest is information processing of temporal data. A time information system HuTime and a linked-data resource of calendrical periods (dates, months, years and eras) developed in his project are widely used in various scientific fields. He was a visiting associate professor of Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University (2007-2009) and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (2009-2010). He received IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award.

Lynne Siemens (U Victoria; returning) is Associate Professor with the School of Public Administration, with interests in entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour, research methodology, and management skill development in academic disciplines.

Ray Siemens (U Victoria; returning) is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and Computer Science. He is founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, and his publications include, among others, Blackwell's Companion to Digital Humanities (with Schreibman and Unsworth), Blackwell's Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Schreibman), A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS, and Literary Studies in the Digital Age (MLA, with Price). He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, and serves as Vice President of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Research Dissemination, recently serving also as Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations’ Steering Committee.

John Simpson (Compute Canada / WestGrid / U Alberta; returning) is Humanities and Social Sciences Specialist at Compute Canada and works out of the University of Alberta. In this role he supports a wide range of researchers and research projects from helping them acquire resources, to developing training programs, to writing code. He is also the national coordinator for Software Carpentry.

James Smith (Independent Scholar; returning) has research interests that center on exploring REST, linked open data, and other components of the web-as-platform as a foundation for building sharable, long-lived digital contributions to the humanities.

Patrick Smyth (CUNY Graduate Center; @psmyth01; returning) is a Ph.D. student in English and Digital Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a developer for DH Box, an NEH-funded project to make the digital humanities more widely accessible, and recently led curriculum design for the Digital Research Institute, a week-long intensive course in digital methods at the Graduate Center. Patrick writes about digital platforms, especially those facilitating new modes of reading. Two of his recent projects include the NEH Impact Index, a web application for political advocacy on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Eloud, a screen reader written in the Lisp programming language. Patrick is a former Fulbright Fellow, and teaches at Queens College.

Jennifer Stertzer (U Virginia; returning) is an Associate Editor at the Papers of George Washington and Lecturer at U Virginia. She manages the Project's digital edition as well as edits the Financial Series, an open-source, digital edition that will contain all of Washington's financial papers.

Erin Templeton (Converse College; returning) is associate professor of English and the Anne Morrison Chapman Distinguished Professor of International Study. She works on gender, authorship and collaboration in modern poetry and has published essays on William Carlos Williams, Emanuel Carnevali, and Ezra Pound, and she also has been a contributing writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education blog, “ProfHacker” since 2009. You can follow her on Twitter at @eetempleton or find her on

John Unsworth (U Virginia; returning) is Dean of Libraries, University Librarian, and Professor of English at the University of Virginia. From 2012 to 2016, John served as Vice-Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University, where he was also University Librarian and Professor of English. In August of 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Humanities Council. Before joining Brandeis University, John was Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012. In addition to being a Professor in GSLIS, at Illinois he also held appointments in the department of English and on the Library faculty. At Illinois he also served as Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute, from 2008 to 2011. From 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and as a faculty member in the English Department, at the University of Virginia. For his work at IATH, he received the 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center. He chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science, on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies, and he has supervised research projects across the disciplines in the humanities. He has also published widely on the topic of electronic scholarship, as well as co-directing one of nine national partnerships in the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program, and securing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, IBM, Sun, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others.

Raffaele (Raff) Viglianti (U Maryland; returning) is a Research Programmer working on the MITH development team. He holds a PhD in Digital Musicology from King's college London. Raff’s work revolves around digital editions and textual scholarship. He is currently an elected member of the Text Encoding Initiative technical council and an advisor for the Music Encoding Initiative, which produces guidelines for the digital representation of music notation with a focus on scholarly requirements. As a researcher, Raff specialises in editions of music scores, contributing to the ongoing change to scholarly editorial theory and practice in the digital medium. His work also focuses on the shaping of music performance practice by the digital consumption of music scores, or the performance of a music score from a digital device.

Nikolaus Wasmoen (U Buffalo; returning) is Visiting Assistant Professor in English and the Digital Humanities, serving as the Technical Director of the Marianne Moore Digital Archive while developing digital scholarship programs and teaching in the digital humanities, media studies, and modernist literature. Wasmoen holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. His research explores transatlantic modernism, especially early twentieth-century British and American poetry, with an emphasis on the digital humanities, textual studies, and scholarly editing. Wasmoen has previously worked for the William Blake Archive, and is currently the Digital Editor of Man into Woman: A Digital Archive of the Life Narrative of Lili Elbe, Project Manager for Modernist Networks (, a node for peer review and aggregation of modernist digital scholarship within the Advanced Research Consortium, and the Education Director for the Association for Documentary Editing, for which he oversees the ADE and NHPRC's annual Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents.

Jan G. Wieners (U Cologne; returning) is a research associate and lecturer for Digital Humanities at the Institute for Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne, Germany. Jan G. Wieners holds a Master’s degree (Magister Artium) in Computer Science for the Humanities, German Philology and Philosophy and a PhD in Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne. His research interests include Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Media Transformations, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Intelligence, Computer Vision, Gamification – and using Computer- and Videogames as a medium to tell DH-contents more interactively.

George Williams (U South Carolina Upstate; returning) is an associate professor of English. His research and teaching focuses on British literature, composition, and digital environments. He has collaborated on a number of digital humanities projects addressing accessibility and people with disabilities, including, most recently, the “Accessible Future” series of workshops funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. He is a founding editor of “ProfHacker” at the Chronicle of Higher Education. On Twitter he is @georgeonline, and more information may be found at

David J. Wrisley (NYU Abu Dhabi; @DJWrisley; returning) is an associate professor of Digital Humanities. His work in the pre-modern period uses mapping, networks and visualization to model textual mobility and variance, as well as knowledge transfer and intercultural contact. He is interested in the social creation of open corpora for under-resourced medieval languages and building communities of practice for digital medieval studies. His research also addresses the emergence of digital humanities in non-Western, non-English cultures, in particular the contemporary MENA setting, with a particular focus on spatial humanities.

Markus Wust (U Tübingen, Germany; returning) is head of the information unit at the U Tübingen Library where, among other things, he is teaching both library- and class-based technology workshops.

Taizo Yamada (Historiographical Institute, U Tokyo; returning). From 2005 to 2007, Taizo Yamada was a Research Fellow in National Institute of Informatics. He was a Project Assistant Professor (From 2007 to 2010 in Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo, and From 2010 to 2013 in National Institute for the Humanities). Since 2013, he has been an Assistant Professor in Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo. His areas of research interest are data engineering (query processing, information retrieval, metadata, data structure and machine learning) and historical information (digitalization, cataloging, annotation and text analysis).

Lee Zickel (Case Western Reserve U; returning) is the Humanities and Social Sciences Technologist for University Technology and is a doctoral candidate in Weatherhead's Design and Innovation program. There he combines work in Cognitive Linguistics and Organizational Behavior to develop cognitive models of gameplay that investigate how people use extended and distributed cognition to, among other things, co-construct narratives within a given gamespace.

Stephen Zweibel (CUNY Graduate Center, @SteveZweibel; returning) is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center (GC), where he supports students and faculty in developing digital projects and working with data, individually and through workshops on research skills and tools. Steve earned his MS in Library and Information Science from Long Island University in 2010, and his MA in the DH track of the GC’s Liberal Studies (MALS) program in 2016. As a MALS student, he built DH Box, a cloud-based computer lab for DH teaching and research, which won a National Endowment for the Humanities Start-Up grant in 2015. Prior to his work at the GC, Steve was a visiting lecturer at Hunter College, where he built several useful library tools, including Augur, a web app that tracks reference question data; a mobile app for the CUNY library catalog; and Know Thy Shelf, a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based library inventory system.

Invited Speakers

Karina van Dalen-Oskam (Huygens Institute; U Amsterdam) is head of the department of literary studies of Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and professor in computational literary studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research deals with the analysis of literary writing style and builds on her expertise in literary studies, medieval studies, onomastics and lexicography. She is an active member of the international digital humanities community, where she currently serves as chair of the steering committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO,

Matt Gold (CUNY Graduate Center) is an Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Graduate Center, where he holds teaching appointments in the Ph.D. Program in English, the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS), and the doctoral certificate programs in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and American Studies. He serves as Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, Co-Director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, and Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab. In all of these roles, he works to integrate digital tools and methods into the core research and teaching missions of the Graduate Center.

Angel David Nieves (SDSU; returning) is Associate Professor of History and Digital Humanities at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the Area of Excellence in Digital Humanities and Global Diversity. Nieves (2017-2018) was, most recently, Presidential Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and was an affiliate in the Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab). He was also Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College (2008-2017).

Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth C; returning) is an antiracist, feminist scholar working toward greater justice in digital cultures. She writes about long histories of media and technology—particularly those that count and commemorate—and entanglements with archives and historiographic ways of knowing. Her book,Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media, is out with MIT Press in November 2018. She is a network weaver across humanities, arts, and sciences. This work includes co-directing HASTAC and serving as the Inaugural Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth College.

DHSI Conference and Colloquium, and Unconference

Lindsey Seatter (U Victoria) and Kim O'Donnell (Simon Fraser U) co-chair the DHSI Conference and Colloquium leadership group.

Lindsey Seatter (U Victoria) is a doctoral student in the department of English at the University of Victoria. Studying the British Romantic period, Lindsey’s work focuses on female writers and in the past she has conducted detailed studies on works by Anna Barbauld, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Lindsey’s doctoral research is focused on exploring the patterns across Austen’s print and manuscript novels through distant and digital techniques. Specifically, her research interrogates the evolution of Austen’s narrative style and how these changes reflect the shifting social structures of Regency-era Britain. Lindsey also works as a Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory on the Renaissance Knowledge Network project.

Kimberly O’Donnell (Simon Fraser U) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at SFU, and a Digital Fellow at SFU Library’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab. Her doctoral work looks at representations of fainting men in late-Victorian literature to explore the connections between the non-conscious body, novel form, and posthumanism. At the DHIL, she assists DH researchers, delivers workshops on digital tools, supports communications and events, and manages social media.

Chelcie Rowell (Tufts U), Jamie Howe, and Margaret Konkol (Old Dominion U) lead DHSI unconference activities, with Paige Morgan (U Miami), and Yvonne Lam (Chef Software).

Chelcie Rowell (Tufts U) is Team Lead for Digital Scholarship at Tufts University’s Tisch Library. She works closely with faculty, students, and library colleagues to imagine, carry out, and sustain digitally inflected research and teaching.

Margaret Konkol (Old Dominion U) is Assistant Professor of Contemporary American Literature and Digital Humanities. Her research explores archival complexity to address questions about material life, changing ideas about poetry’s role in society, and to think through what constitutes value and data in the humanities. She teaches courses on text technologies, literature, and digital humanities in ODU’s interdisciplinary MA/PhD program.

DHSI Administration and Operation Team

Directorial Group: Ray Siemens (U Victoria; Director), Constance Crompton (U Ottawa; Associate Director, DHSI@Congress), Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria; Associate Director, DHSI@MLA), Lindsey Seatter (U Victoria; Associate Director, DHSI Conference and Colloquium), Laura Estill (St Francis Xavier U; Associate Director, At Large), Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U; Assistant Director, At Large), Jason Boyd (Ryerson U; Assistant Director, At Large), and Angel David Nieves (San Diego State U; Assistant Director, At Large).

International Advisory Board: Paul Arthur (Edith Cowan U), Elisabeth Burr (U Leipzig), Angela Courtney (Indiana U), James Cummings (U Newcastle), Julia Flanders (Northeastern U), David Gaertner (U British Columbia), Jennifer Guiliano (Indiana U - Purdue U, Indianapolis), Najla Jarkas (American U Beirut), John Maxwell (Simon Fraser U), Aaron Mauro (Brock U), Padmini Ray Murray (Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology), Roopika Risam (Salem State U), Masahiro Shimoda (U Tokyo), Harold Short (Kings College London / Western Sydney U), Ray Siemens (U Victoria), and Janet Thomas Oppedisano (Hamilton C / DH-Liberal Arts Colleges).

Operational Team @ U Victoria: Jannaya Friggstad Jensen (DHSI Coordinator, ETCL), Alyssa Arbuckle (ETCL), a number of Student Computing Facilities (part of University Systems) staff led by Marcus Greenshields -- among them Patrick Frisby and Greg Fanning -- as well as coordinators from services responsible for room bookings, residence accommodation, audio visual, catering, a number of graduate student volunteers, and occasional support from members of the HCMC. We are exceptionally grateful for their support.

Contact info: P: 250-472-5401 F: 250-472-5681