Throughout the week, DHSITE will feature research conversations and presentations discussing critical issues to Digital Humanities scholarship and teaching. All of these events will take place in the CreatorSpace (room 302 of Pérez Hall) from 13:00 to 14:20.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Round table on Research Data Management hosted by Felicity Tayler (Research Data Management Librarian, uOttawa) in conversation with

  • Constance Crompton, Communication (uOttawa)
  • Brian Ray, Vice-Dean Research (uOttawa)
  • Tom Smyth, Library and Archives Canada
  • André Vellino, School of Information Studies (uOttawa)

Discussion: Can your research data shape and produce “community”? Researchers make choices in their work with people, documents, digital and analogue materials. Research teams make choices on software platforms, storage, and file structures that shape the way that they work together as a community. The decision to share data as a means of knowledge mobilization, or to restrict access, has an impact on the formation of scholarly community in a discipline, and upon the communities beyond academic disciplines where the data collection began. These speakers will reflect on their varied approaches to Research Data Management as these choices have influenced the way that communities were represented, are shaped, or could be brought into being.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Keynote presentation by Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon from the Faculty of Medicine (uOttawa).

Dr. Roy-Gagnon will present on her research surrounding statistical and bioinformatic tools for the i-BALSAC multisectoral infrastructure. The i-BALSAC infrastructure for high resolution mapping of the French-Canadian population aims to create a multisectoral platform for cutting-edge research in biological, biomedical and social sciences. The platform will integrate and interrelate genealogical, genetic and geographical data, and develop statistical and cartographical analytical tools to optimize utilization of these data. For health research, the infrastructure will provide Canadians with data and tools to study genetic determinants of health. These data and tools will contribute to the design of projects aiming to identify genetic variations associated with complex diseases and to establish treatment, screening and preventive strategies. This presentation will describe the context that led to the i-BALSAC infrastructure project followed by the plans for the development of the infrastructure and of some statistical and bioinformatics tools for the integration of genealogical and genetic data.

Biography: Dr. Roy-Gagnon completed her PhD in Genetic Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004, with postdoctoral fellowships at NIH and the University of Michigan. She also holds an MSc in statistics from Université Laval. Before joining the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa in 2013, she was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Montreal and Scientist at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center. Her main research interests lie in the development and optimal use of statistical methods for genetic epidemiological data, in order to address the many challenges faced in uncovering the genetic causes of complex diseases. Dr. Roy-Gagnon’s methodological work is done in the context of multidisciplinary collaborations, with current projects including studies on cardiovascular disease and obesity, orofacial clefts and asthma. Her research program includes three themes: 1) the optimal utilization of genealogical resources in genetic epidemiology; 2) the development and utilization of statistical models to capture complex relationships of genetic effects; and 3) the use of quantitative traits as intermediate phenotypes or biomarkers for complex diseases.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Community Research Panel featuring curators Tom Everrett and David Pantalony from the Canada Museum of Science and Technology.  Tom Everrett and David Pantalony will describe how they combine museum collections and digital approaches in their teaching at the University of Ottawa. Some of their students will be presenting specific projects.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Keynote presentation by Jason Camlot (Concordia University) of SpokenWeb. 

In this keynote presentation, Dr. Camlot will discuss the great potential for humanities research of conceptualizing collaborative projects around unique yet largely unused collections of cultural heritage materials.  Speaking from the experience of developing the SpokenWeb research program from small beta collaborations via SSHRC Research Development Initiative, Connections and Insight Grant support, into a large-scale national research partnership (now funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant), Dr. Camlot will consider the reasons why collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to humanities research that mix live and digital methods can be useful for reflecting upon how institutional structures and material infrastructures shape research in the humanities, and will explain some of the adaptable rationales and approaches that have been used in the course of developing the SpokenWeb research program.  Beyond focusing on the whysand hows of such an approach to research development, Camlot will also present different ways in which such collaboration can help us integrate archival materials into new forms of pedagogy, creation and “knowledge mobilization”.

Biography: Jason Camlot’s critical works include Phonopoetics: The Making of Early Literary Recordings (Stanford 2019),  Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic (Routledge 2008), and the co-edited collections, CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (forthcoming with MQUP, Fall 2019), andLanguage Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century (Véhicule 2007).  He is also the author of four collections of poetry, Attention All TypewritersThe Animal Library, The Debaucher, and What the World Said. He is the principal investigator and director of The SpokenWeb, a SSHRC-funded partnership that focuses on the history of literary sound recordings and the digital preservation and presentation of collections of literary audio.  He is Professor of English and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University in Montreal.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Round table on Ethics and Feminist Methodologies in Digital Humanities Research hosted by Felicity Tayler (Research Data Management librarian, uOttawa).

  • Deanna Fong, English (Simon Fraser University)
  • Michelle Gewurtz, Ottawa Art Gallery
  • Catherine Paquet, Director, Office of Ethics and Research Integrity (uOttawa)
  • Jada Watson, Music, Digital Humanities, and Information Studies (uOttawa)

Discussion: This panel takes inspiration from Sara Ahmed’s recent observation that feminist methods grow out of everyday actions of caring for oneself and others, “living a feminist life does not mean adopting a set of ideals or norms of conduct, although it might mean asking ethical questions about how to live better in an unjust and unequal world… how to create relationships with others that are more equal.” The speakers gathered here will describe their feminist methods from different angles. Each wrestle with community standards of care, as they intersect with the norms of conduct codified in research ethics boards.

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