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).

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.

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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). Jennifer Ross 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.

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 www.humanities.utoronto.ca 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.

New Program Assistant at the Digital Humanities Network

The Digital Humanities Network welcomes Lawrence Evalyn as our inaugural Program Assistant.

Lawrence 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.

At the DHN, he will assist with the day to day administration and communications for the network. He can be reached at the dhn.admin@utoronto.ca email address with inquiries.

Mark V. Campbell and Alejandro I. Paz named JHI-UTSC Digital Humanities Early Career Fellows

The Digital Humanities Network is pleased to announce two new JHI-UTSC Digital Humanities Early Career Fellows for 2020-2021: Mark V. Campbell, with his project “AfroSonic Audio: Archival interruptions by hip hop’s esoteric and ephemeral arts,” and Alejandro I. Paz, with his project “Visualizing Sources: The Intertextual Epistemics of News, MediaCAT & Digital Palestine/Israel.”

The Early Career Fellowship is an 18-month scholarship co-sponsored by the DHN alongside the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto Scarborough, USTC’s Digital Scholarship Unit, UTSC’s Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean, and UTSC’s Office of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation. The fellowship supports the research of scholars at the University of Toronto Scarborough whose humanities or social science research involves the digital humanities.

Mark V. Campbell (Department of Arts, Culture and Media) is a DJ, scholar and curator. His research explores the relationships between Afrosonic innovations and notions of the human. “AfroSonic Audio” is a research creation project by which Dr. Campbell works at the intersections of Black studies, musicology and the digital humanities to produce two audio tracks utilizing archival materials from Toronto’s sonic lineage. 

Alejandro I. Paz (Anthropology) addresses the role of language in globalization, transnationalism and diaspora, as well as the relation between public communication, media and citizenship. “MediaCat” is a web application to track the digital dissemination of news online, which will be used to consider the impact of Israeli English-language news websites on the digital dissemination of news about Israel and Palestine specifically, and about the Middle East more generally. 

Jennifer Ross appointed JHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2021

The Digital Humanities Network is pleased to welcome Jennifer Ross as the incoming JHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow for 2020-2021. Along with her research, Jennifer will be administering the DHN and participating in the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) circle of postdoctoral fellows. Jennifer will be sharing some of her work at our upcoming Lightning Lunch in September.

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 (Routledge, 2020).