Nov. 13: Digital Humanities and Emergent Modes of Scholarly Production

The Research and Collections Department of Scott Library is pleased to present the inaugural lecture in the Knowledge Production in a Digital Age series:

“Digital Humanities and Emergent Modes of Scholarly Production”

Prof. Susan Brown, Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 1:30-3:00 pm in the

Scott Library Atrium, Keele Campus.

Light refreshments will be served.

Abstract:The area of research, investigation and pedagogies that circulates under the rubric of the “digital humanities” covers a wide array of activities across a number of disciplines. This talk will survey some aspects of this field of inquiry, and touch in particular on digital making—of resources, prototypes, and software—as a mode of scholarship, on collaboration beyond co-authorship, and the role of infrastructure in changing modes of scholarly production in the digital age.


Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. She researches Victorian literature, women’s writing, and digital humanities. All of these interests inform Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, an ongoing experiment in digital literary history published by Cambridge UP since 2006 that she directs and co-edits. She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, which is producing an online repository and research environment for literary studies in and about Canada. Her current research touches on a range of topics in the digital humanities including interface design and usability, visualization and data mining, semantic technologies, and humanist-centered tool development, as well as Victorian literary history. Brown is English President of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques.