Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany). Her current book project is titled Imaginary Networks, and she is the author of Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (2011) and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (2006), both with MIT Press. Her research interests encompass new media, comparative media studies, Asian-American culture, and critical theory. Dr Chun has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a Wriston Fellow at Brown University, as well as a Visiting Associate Professor in Harvard’s History of Science Department at Harvard, of which she is now an Associate. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BASc) and Princeton (MA, PhD).

Marie-Louise Coolahan, Senior Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway, was recently awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant for her major digital study, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700. The project will examine how texts, ideas and reputations gained traction in the early modern English-speaking world, focusing on international correspondence networks, transnational religious orders, and the manuscript miscellany as a mode of textual transmission. She is the author of Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2010), Co-Investigator of the collaborative ’Women’s Poetry 1400-1800 in English, Gaelic, Scots, Scots Gaelic and Welsh’ project, and a former member of the Perdita Project. Dr Coolahan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA), University of Oxford (MPhil) and Nottingham Trent University (PhD).

 Jo-Ann Episkenew is Professor of English and Director of the Indigenous People’s Health Research Centre at the First Nations University of Canada. She is part of Acting Out!, a multi-university theatre project that develops aboriginal youth leadership and intersects with her research in indigenous literature of Canada and the United States, theatre and health, and literature and public policy. Dr Episkenew is the author of Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing (University of Winnipeg Press, 2009) and co-editor of Creating Community: A Roundtable on Aboriginal Literatures (Bearpaw and Theytus, 2002). She is a graduate of the University of Regina (BA, MA) and Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität, Germany (PhD).


Plenary panels:

On feminist literary history in digital environments
Susan Brown, Professor of English, Director of the Orlando Project, and Project Leader of the Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory, University of Guelph and University of Alberta

Julia Flanders, Professor of the Practice of English and Director of the Women Writers Project, Northeastern University

Martha Nell Smith, Professor of English and Executive Editor of Dickinson Electronic Archives, University of Maryland

Jacqueline Wernimont, Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University

On diverse communities in digital studies
Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Co-Director of Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, The University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus

Alex Gil, Vice-Chair of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries

Padmini Ray Murray, Faculty at the Centre for Public History, Srishti School for Art, Design and Technology, and founder-member of sādh (the South Asian Digital Humanities network)

Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Co-Director of Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

On diverse voices in digital studies:
Karen Bourrier, Assistant Professor of English and Creator/Project Director of Nineteenth-Century Disability:  Cultures and Contexts, University of Calgary

Elizabeth Dillon, Professor of English, Founding Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, and Project Manager of the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, Northeastern University

Aimée Morrison, Associate Professor of English, University of Waterloo

Roopika Risam, Co-Founder of Postcolonial Digital Humanities and Assistant Professor of English, Salem State University