Announcing the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative!

We are pleased to announce that the Digital Humanities Network (DHN)’s proposal to launch a three year Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) has been funded! With nearly 3M of funding from the Institutional Strategic Initiatives and divisional contributions at the University of Toronto, the CDHI will bridge the humanities’ emphasis on power and culture with the tools and analysis of digital technology to forge a new, generative paradigm of critical humanities scholarship. With an emphasis on anti-racist, feminist, queer, and decolonial scholarship and research, the CDHI will gather together researchers, students, and collaborators from both the humanities and the data sciences to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The CDHI will position the University of Toronto as a global leader in bringing questions of power and inequality to digital humanities research, while continuing to support digital humanities work more broadly at the UofT.

The CDHI will provide support for critical digital humanities in multiple ways across the tricampus. Key objectives include building the research network through staffing in the form of a managing director, development officer, a knowledge mobilization officer, and two digital humanities developers; building a strong interdisciplinary research community through annual lightning lunch and speaker series; supporting new research through an emerging projects incubator, consultations, and training bursaries; mobilizing knowledge through public engagement and conferences; establishing a postdoctoral fellowship program; offering a suite of 96 undergraduate and graduate student critical DH fellowships; and creating a robust sustainability plan that will secure funding for digital humanities at UofT long-term.

The proposal emerged over a 15-month planning process in 2019-2020, which included two plenary strategic planning sessions and over 55 individual meetings with faculty researchers, Chairs, Deans, and VP Research across the tri-campus. The proposal is supported through divisional contributions from four divisions at the UofT: UTM, UTSC, the Faculty of Information, and the Faculty of Arts and Science. Over 100 faculty members and librarians have contributed to our planning process. A 10-person faculty working group spent the summer workshopping a draft proposal, enabling us to further clarify our vision and goals.

The CDHI proposal is the first humanities application to be funded by the ISI, as well as the first to feature a project lead from Mississauga (Dr. Elspeth Brown, Historical Studies). In the coming months, the DHN looks forward to enacting the infrastructure of this new initiative. If you would like to review a copy of the proposal in its final form, please contact the DHN admin at 

February 23 Lightning Lunch – Network Analysis

Our second lunch in the Winter 2021 Lightning Lunch series explores network analysis through art, religion, and the development of civilizations in the Mediterranean. Art historian Carl Knappett (University of Toronto), historian Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv University), and religious scholar John Kloppenborg (University of Toronto) describe their work excavating the development of trade, knowledge, and religious networks within and beyond the Greco-Roman world.

The event will take place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST February 23, 2021. Speakers will give short presentations on their work, followed by discussion.

Register here to attend!

Speaker Biographies:

Carl Knappett specializes in the Aegean Bronze Age, and Minoan Crete in particular. His main focus currently is the east Cretan site of Palaikastro, where he directs a new excavation project. Professor Knappett continues his research on pottery from a number of other Aegean sites, such as Knossos, Malia, Myrtos Pyrgos, Akrotiri, and Miletus. This multi-sited approach has led him into various kinds of network analysis for investigating regional interactions. 

Irad Malkin recently published a book (soon in paperback) applying Network Theory to the question of how did Greek civilization emerge during the Archaic period when Greeks were actually distancing themselves from each other. How did civilizational convergence accompany settlement divergence? This follows his interest in religion and colonization, the use of myth as mediator between political communities and lands, ethnicity and collective identity, and Mediterranean history and historiography. In 1986 he co-founded and still serves as co-editor of the Mediterranean Historical Review.

John S. Kloppenborg is a specialist in Christian origins and second Temple Judaism, in particular the Jesus tradition (the canonical and non canonical gospels), and the social world of the early Jesus movement in Jewish Palestine and in the cities of the eastern Empire. He has written extensively on the Synoptic Sayings Gospel (Q) and the Synoptic Problem, and is currently writing on the parables of Jesus, the letter of James, and cultic, professional, and ethnic associations in the Graeco-Roman world. He is one of the general editors of the International Q Project and holds a five year SSHRC Insight Grant on Associative Practices in the Graeco-Roman World.

January 26 Lightning Lunch – Digital Literary Archives

Welcome to a new year and new semester! To start off our winter programing, join the DHN for the first Lightning Lunch on Digital Literary Archives. Claire Battershill (University of Toronto), Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University), and Lawrence Evalyn (University of Toronto) gather to discuss the intersection of literature, print history, and digital archives. Jennifer Ross (University of Toronto) will serve as moderator.

The event will take place from 12:00-1:00pm EST on January 26, 2021. Speakers will give short presentation on their work, followed by discussion.

Register here to attend!

Speaker Biographies:

Claire Battershill is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Faculty of Information and the Department of English. Her research specializes in early twentieth-century literature and book and publishing history. She also writes short stories. Before returning to Toronto, she held a SSHRC postdoc at the University of Reading and a Banting Postdoc and SSHRC Impact Award at Simon Fraser University. She co-directs The Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, and was the co-creator of Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme, an imaginative exhibition of literature and material arts, funded by a Canada Council New Chapter Award in 2019. 

Michelle Levy specializes in Romantic literary history, print and manuscript culture, and women’s book history. She is the co-editor of the Broadview Reader in Book History (with Tom Mole, 2014); the co-author of Broadview Introduction to Book History (with Tom Mole, 2017); and is a contributor to the Multigraph Collective’s Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation (2018). She has published extensively on women writers, print and manuscript culture, and digital humanities. Her first book, Family Authorship and Romantic Print Culture (Palgrave, 2008), explores the conjunction of authorship and family life as a distinctive cultural formation of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Her new book, Literary Manuscript Culture in Romantic Britain, forthcoming in 2020 with Edinburgh University Press, describes how the practices of manuscript production and circulation interacted with an expanding print marketplace to nurture and transform the period’s literary culture. She also directs the Women’s Print History Project, 1750-1830, a comprehensive bibliographical database of women’s books.

Lawrence Evalyn is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Toronto, examining digital research infrastructures and their impact on eighteenth century studies. 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.

Jennifer Ross is the Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute. She researches contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, critical disaster and terrorism studies, and the 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. Her research can be found in two forthcoming edited volumes, Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples (Vernon Press 2020) and Liberal Disorder: Emergency Politics, Populist Uprisings, and Digital Dictatorships (Routledge 2020). 

Trans Collections Guide Launch, December 3, 2020

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory and The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archive celebrates the launch of the ArQuives’s Trans Collections Guide. This roundtable discusses the trans holdings of the ArQuives and the histories and futures of trans archival practices. To access a PDF of the Collections Guide, please click here.

The event takes place December 3, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm EST via Zoom.



Morgan M. Page
[Writer, artist, host of One From the Vaults trans history podcast]

Monica Forrester
[Social justice advocate, Founder of Trans Pride Toronto, Transitioning Together]

Syrus Marcus Ware
[Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University, Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator]

Susan Stryker
[Author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, and Executive Editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly]

Moderated by Elspeth Brown
[Professor of History, University of Toronto]


Recording Available!

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful discussion! If you were not able to attend the lunch, or if you would like to rewatch the talk, a Zoom recording is available here. Additionally, we have posted the resources that were shared during the discussion below.



The Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

Transgender Media Portal, Carleton University

Digital Transgender Archive, Northeastern University



The NYC Trans Oral History Project, Community Archive in collaboration with the New York Public Library

Trans Activism Oral History Project, The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory

Documenting the Now Project, The Shift Collective, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia


Further Reading:

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

Asato Ikeda, Curating a Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Pro Trans Black Life

Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas

Elizabeth Freeman, Time Binds, or Erotohistoriography

Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox

Ruth Mazo Karras, Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others


October 27 Lightning Lunch – Indigenous Data Studies

In the second installation of this year’s DHN Lightning Lunches, Jennifer Wemigwans (Leadership, Higher and Adult Education), Karyn Recollet (Women and Gender Studies Institute), and David Gaertner (First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC), speak on their work in Indigenous Knowledge Education, performance in urban indigenous land relations, and cyberspace in/as a space for storytelling.

The event will take place from 12 to 1:30pm EST on October 27, 2020. The speakers will give short presentations on their work, followed by a discussion, facilitated by Kristen Bos (Indigenous Science and Technology Studies).

Register here to attend!

Speaker Biographies:

Jennifer Wemigwans is a new media producer/ helper, writer and scholar specializing in the convergence between education, Indigenous knowledge and new media technologies. Her work with diverse Indigenous Knowledge projects across Turtle Island break new ground in conceptualizing media studies and actively contributing to Indigenous resurgence. Dr. Wemigwans is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education and Community Development program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

An urban Cree scholar/artist/and writer, Karyn Recollet’s work focuses on relationality and care as both an analytic and technology for Indigenous movement-based forms of inquiry within urban spaces. Recollet works collaboratively with Indigenous dance-makers and scholars to theorize forms of urban glyphing. Recollet is in conversation with dance choreographers, Black and Indigenous futurist thinkers and Indigenous and Black geographers as ways to theorize and activate futurist, feminist, celestial and decolonial land-ing relationships with more-than-human kinships, and each other.

David Gaertner is an assistant professor in the Institute of Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. His articles have appeared in Canadian Literature, American Indian Cultural and Research Journal, and Bioethical Inquiry, among other publications. He is the editor of Sôhkêyihta: The Poetry of Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe and Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (with Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, and Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill). His latest book, The Theatre of Regret: Literature, Art, and the Politics of Reconciliation is forthcoming from UBC Press (November 15, 2020).

Kristen Bos is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Science and Technology Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Co-Director of the Indigenous-led Technoscience Research Unit, an environmental justice lab at the University of Toronto. She is an Indigenous feminist researcher trained in archaeological approaches to material culture as well as an Indigenous science and technology studies (STS) researcher, who is concerned with the relationship between colonial, gendered, and environmental violence. She is urban Métis based in Toronto, but her homeland is northern Alberta where prairie transitions into boreal forest. 


Recording Available!

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful discussion! If you were not able to attend the lunch, or if you would like to rewatch the talk, a Zoom recording is available here. Additionally, we have posted the resources that were shared during the discussion below.



The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance



Digital Sq’éwlets

Ogimaa Mikana Project

Mukurtu CMS  (see also Traditional Knowledge Labels)

Native Skywatchers: Indigenous Astronomy Revitalization

Running Wolf AR app


Further Reading:

Octavia Butler, Kindred, Parable Series, Xenogensis Series, Patternist Series, Fledgling

Kimberly Christen, Does Information Really Want to be Free? Indigenous Knowledge Systems and the Question of Openness

Kimberly Christen and Jane Anderson, Toward Slow Archives

Ashon Crawley, Blackpentacostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility

Lou Cornum, The Space NDN’s Star Map

Marisa Duarte, Network Sovereignty: Understanding the Social and Political Implications of Tribal Command of Internet Infrastructure

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Dub: Finding Ceremony,  M Archive, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, Revolutionary Mothering

Sefanit Habtom and Megan Scribe, To Breathe Together: Co-Conspirators for Decolonial Futures

Laura Harjo, Spiral to the Stars: Mvskoke Tools of Futurity

Tiffany King, The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies, Racial Ecologies: Black Landscapes in Flux, Labor’s Aphasia: Toward Antiblackness as Constitutive to Settler Colonialism

Jessica Kolopenuk, Miskâsowin: Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society

Elizabeth LaPensée, Various Works

Duane Linklater, Monsters of the Urban Unconscious

Katherine McKittrick, Dear Science and Other Stories, Sylvia Wynter:  On Being Human as Praxis, Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle

Skawennati, She Falls for Ages

Kim TallBear, Native American DNA:Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science

Camille Turner, BlackGrange

Vanessa Watts, Indigenous Place-Thought and Agency Amongst Humans and Non Humans (First Woman and Sky Woman Go On a European World Tour!)

Jennifer Wemigwans, A Digital Bundle: Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online








November 9 Lightning Lunch – Trending the Future: Marketing, Influencers, and Trend Forecasting

Join us for a jointly-hosted Lightning Lunch between the Digital Humanities Network and the McLuhan Center for Culture and Technology. Presenters Devon Powers (Temple University), Sophie Bishop (Kings College London), and Dan Guadagnolo (University of Toronto) gather to discuss their research in critical marketing studies. Beth Coleman (University of Toronto) serves as moderator.

The event will take place from 1pm to 2pm EST November 9, 2020. The speakers will give short presentations on their work, followed by discussion.

Register here to attend!

Speaker Biographies:

Devon Powers is Associate Professor of Advertising, Temple University. She is the author of On Trend: The Business of Forecasting the Future (University of Illinois Press, 2019), Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013), and co-editor of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture (Peter Lang, 2010).  Her research explores historical and contemporary consumer culture and the dynamics of cultural intermediation, circulation, and promotion. Her work has appeared in Journal of Consumer Culture, New Media & Society, Critical Studies in Media and Communication, and Popular Communication, among other venues, and she is the chair (2018-2020) of the Popular Communication division of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Sophie Bishop is a Lecturer in Digital Marketing and Communications. Her research falls under the heading of ‘feminist political economy’ – broadly, she examines how creative work and promotional cultures are increasingly contingent to social media platforms, and the implications for labour, representation and discrimination. Her current projects include studying the experiences of beauty influencers within rapidly changing digital marketing industries (particularly alongside understandings of ‘algorithms’), looking at how creative practitioners use targeted ads and a study of content farms and cultural optimisation via egg videos on YouTube. She is organising the International symposium, ‘Algorithms for Her?’, which will run in January 2020.

Dan Guadagnolo’s research and teaching examines the cultural power of historical and contemporary marketing, PR, branding, and advertising. He looks at the ways professionals working in these fields have sought to shape what we know, who we are, and what our collective futures look like. In 2020, Dan earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history, with a minor in Communications, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scholarly writing has appeared in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismAmerican Studies, Business Ethics, and Modern American History. He has also written on contemporary marketing, PR, and culture for The Washington Post, The Literary Review of Canada, The Tyee The National Post.

Beth Coleman researches experimental digital media, specializes in race theory, game culture and literary studies. She is currently working on two books and has previously published Hello, Avatar, a critically acclaimed book examining the many modes of online identity and how users live on the continuum between virtual and the real. She has also curated numerous art exhibits and media installations within North America and in Europe. Her current research investigates aspects of human narrative and digital data in the engagement of global cities, including aspects of locative media/mobile media and smart cities.


Recording Available!

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful discussion! If you were not able to attend the lunch, or if you would like to rewatch the talk, a Zoom recording is available here.

November 24 Lightning Lunch – Archiving Black History and Culture

Our final lunch of the semester features Afrosonic scholar and Hip Hop archivist Mark Campbell (Arts, Culture, and Media), art and curation researcher Andrea Fatona (Art at OCAD), and performance studies, identity, and citizenship scholar Kristin Moriah (English Language and Literature at Queen’s University). Tamara Walker will serve as moderator.

The event will take place from 12pm to 1:30pm EST on November 24, 2020. The speakers will give short presentations on their work, followed by discussion.

Register here to attend!

Speaker Biographies:

Mark V. Campbell is a DJ, scholar and curator. His research explores the relationships between Afrosonic innovations and notions of the human. Dr. Campbell is a former Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Fine Arts at the University of Regina and is currently the Principal Investigator in the SSHRC funded research project, Hip Hop Archives: The Poetics and Potentials of Knowledge Production. Mark has published widely with essays appearing in the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, Critical Studies in Improvisation, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society and the CLR Journal of Caribbean Ideas. His co-edited collection, We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel, is set to be launched fall 2020 by McGill-Queen’s Press.

Andrea Fatona is an independent curator and an associate professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. She is concerned with issues of equity within the sphere of the arts and the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by ‘other’ Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities. Her broader interest is in the ways in which art, ‘culture’ and ‘education’ can be employed by to illuminate complex issues that pertain to social justice, citizenship, belonging, and nationhood. She is the recipient of awards from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and was the 2017/18 OCAD U-Massey Fellow. Fatona is a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production. She has published scholarly articles, catalogue essays, and book chapters in a range of publications.

Kristin Moriah is an Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her forthcoming monograph, Dark Stars of the Evening, examines late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African-American performance, including the circulation of performance within the black diaspora and its influence on the formation of national identity. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and the Harry Ransom Center.

Tamara J. Walker is an historian of race, gender, and slavery in Latin America. Her research has appeared in such publications as Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave StudiesSafundi: The Journal of South African and American StudiesGender & History, The Journal of Family History, and Souls. Her first book, Exquisite Slaves: Race, Clothing and Status in Colonial Lima, was published by Cambridge University Press and received the 2018 Harriet Tubman Prize. She is currently at work on a book and digital archiving project focused on black subjects in Latin-American visual culture.


Recording Available!

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful discussion! If you were not able to attend the lunch, or if you would like to rewatch the talk, a Zoom recording is available here. Additionally, we have posted the resources that were shared during the discussion below.



Center for Black Digital Research, Penn State University



The State of Blackness

The Colored Conventions Project

Record VR Experience, Part 1

Record VR Experience, Part 2


Further Reading:

Abigail De Kosnik, Rogue Archives

Kimberly Christen and Jane Anderson, Toward Slow Archives


Call for Applications: 2021-2022 Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2020

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto, with support from the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR), offers a twelve-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, with a project that fits the JHI’s annual theme, “Pleasure”

2021-2022 Annual Theme: Pleasure

Whether understood as light amusement or passionate pursuit, as pure enjoyment, sensual gratification, bliss or hedonism, pleasure may be the most agreeable motivator. Yet pleasure has been described as “curious and appalling,” one of modern civilization’s most deadly poisons. Through its diverse manifestations – as intellectual satisfaction and the pleasures of knowledge, across studies of media audiences, addiction, virtual sex – when, and how, has pleasure become divorced from ideology, politics, and power? Uneasiness concerning pleasure resonates readily with humanists’ tendencies to formulate our subjects of study as constellations of problems, but is there space in our discourses for unironic joy?

The Digital Humanities Network

The Digital Humanities Network builds research and teaching strengths at the University of Toronto through programming, mentorship, and advocacy. We define digital humanities broadly, to include both critical praxis and the analysis of digitality. As of 2020 our primary focus is on critical digital humanities, a version of DH that places anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, and queer/trans/non-binary work at its core, and which understands our current historic shift in digital technology as an opportunity for social and political transformation. At the University of Toronto, Critical Digital Humanities foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.

The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will have an established track record in their own discipline and/or the digital humanities. They will pursue their own research while at the University of Toronto, while working to foster the JHI’s DH Network at the University of Toronto. They will receive training, research, and networking opportunities through CLIR.


The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will be supported to attend the CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program’s mandatory week-long seminar in early August 2021 at Bryn Mawr College and other CLIR events. The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will draw upon their disciplinary expertise and upon training provided by CLIR, the JHI, and UofT Libraries to connect and strengthen DH projects across the tricampus university. Specifically, depending on their own skill set and research interests, the JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will spend 15 hours per week as a member of the DHN Executive Team, where they will:

  • establish and maintain online spaces where members of the DH Network can share information about their research and discuss matters of common interest;
  • run regular roundtables and workshops at the JHI and with UofT Libraries on digital humanities topics;
  • organize, facilitate, and participate in other tricampus DH training initiatives;
  • facilitate introductions and connections between researchers within the DH Network;
  • in consultation with digital librarians, provide one-on-one and group consultancy to humanities researchers seeking to make use of infrastructure for digital scholarship in and beyond the University of Toronto; and
  • participate in planning the future shape and directions of the DHN.

While working with the DHN, the Fellow will also be part of the JHI scholarly community and will participate in weekly JHI fellows lunches every Thursday from the beginning of September to the first week of May.

The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellowship is a twelve-month position, from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, supervised by Professor Elspeth Brown (Director of the DHN and Professor of Historical Studies) and Alison Keith (Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Classics and Women’s Studies). The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow may seek additional research supervision from within UofT according to their own interests. They will have access to equipment and collaborative digital working space at JHI. This fellowship award provides an annual stipend of $54,636 (CAD) plus benefits. The incumbent is welcome to seek up to two one-semester courses as a sessional instructor with the appropriate unit(s) at the University of Toronto. The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to pursue their own research relevant to the JHI’s annual theme, Pleasure.

Eligibility and Attributes

Applicants must have completed their doctorate within five years of the beginning of the fellowship on 1 July 2021. Applicants who will defend their thesis before the end of May 2021 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defence. Applicants who received their Ph.D. prior to 1 July 2016 are ineligible. Applicants who are graduates of doctoral programs at the University of Toronto are eligible. This position is not open to those who hold a tenure-track position.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and have an established track record in the digital humanities. They will understand the history, development, and current state of the field; be able to assess institutional processes and policies; be willing to work with a range of scholars in and outside of their own field; desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment; and be committed to open source development and open access scholarship.

The JHI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities is open to citizens of all countries. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Engagement as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.


You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Project proposal
  4. Statement of Digital Humanities Research Interest
  5. Research Sample

You will also be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees, whom we will contact to request confidential letters of reference.

For more information about the application process, including an FAQ, please see the application instructions on the JHI website.


All applications must be made online at by 30 November 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.


DHN Fall Lightning Lunch Series, 2020

University of Toronto
Digital Humanities Network
Fall Lightning Lunch Series, 2020

Programming for the fall Digital Humanities Network (DHN) Lightning Lunch series has been completed! Please join us on the last Tuesday of each month for stimulating conversations on data analysis, curation, and presentation for academic and public audiences.


Disaster, Community, and Preparedness

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

11:30am – 1:30pm


Join us for the first jointly-hosted Lightning Lunch between the Digital Humanities Network and UTM’s Collaborative Digital Research Space (CDRS). Jennifer Ross (JHI-DHN postdoctoral fellow), Steve Hoffman (Sociology), and Tong Lam (Historical Studies) will speak on disaster, community, and preparedness. Elizabeth Parke  (CDRS) will serve as moderator.


Indigenous Data Studies

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020

12:00pm – 1:30pm

In this second installation of the fall Lightning Lunch series, Jennifer Wemigwans (Leadership, Higher and Adult Education), Karyn Recollet (WGSI), and David Gaertner (First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC), speak on their work in Indigenous Knowledge Education, performance in urban indigenous land relations, and cyberspace in/as a space for storytelling. This lunch will be moderated by Kristen Bos (Historical Studies).



Archiving Black History and Culture

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

12:00pm – 1:30pm


Our final lunch of the semester features Afrosonic scholar and Hip Hop archivist Mark Campbell (Arts, Culture, and Media), art and curation researcher Andrea Fatona (Art at OCAD), and performance studies, identity, and citizenship scholar Kristin Moriah (English Language and Literature at Queen’s University). Jennifer Ross will serve as moderator.



Congratulations and a fond farewell to Andrew Brown!

We are thrilled to report that Andrew S. Brown, formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow with the DHN at the JHI, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Dalhousie University.

Andrew was a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute for 2019–2020, for their theme on “Strange Weather.” His own research focuses on the literature, politics, and culture of early modern England, with projects on theatre and the idea of representation, and on the concept of water as a form of infrastructure. More information about his research is available on his website.

Andrew worked tirelessly over the course of 2019-2020 on a number of initiatives, including curating our Lightning Lunch series; coordinating our distinguished lecture with Wendy Chun; organizing our strategic planning sessions regarding our ISI proposal; and collaborating on the writing of that grant. We would not have been able to function without him! In addition, Andrew taught the very first Intro to Digital Humanities course at UTM in the Fall of 2020, to great acclaim. We will miss his wry humour, quiet focus, and big heart. The DHN thanks him for his excellent work, and wishes him all the best in this new position.