Digital Cultures Lecture Series

In collaboration with the office of the Vice-Dean of Research of the Faculty of Arts, we are pleased to present the Digital Cultures Lecture series. This year-long series will introduce cutting-edge research and initiatives in digital scholarship. Lectures in September and October will be offered in a hybrid format with an option for guests to join us remotely via Zoom. Details are provided below.


Spatial visualization of archaeological data from Place d’Youville (Montreal)

Léon Robichaud, Full Professor (Université Sherbrooke)

  • Date : 22 september 2022
  • Time: 10:00 to 11:00
  • Location: CreatorSpace (PRZ 302)
  • Virtual participation: registration

French presentation.

New visualization tools can provide solutions to the challenges of managing and analyzing archaeological data when the quantities and space become large. In the case of the Place d’Youville site, excavations have so far yielded more than 320,000 artifacts spread over nearly 2,000 square meters. A geomatics application, developed as part of a collaboration between the Laboratoire d’histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal, the Université de Sherbrooke and Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, facilitates the analysis of the distribution of artifacts over the surface of the site and according to the phases identified by the archaeologists. The various search and display modes speed up the consultation of information and allow for in-depth analyses that would have been very difficult without such tools.

Digital Cultural and Heritage Collections: Enabling Innovative Access and Expanding Research

Clare Appavoo, Executive Director of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network

  • Date: 19 October 2022
  • Time: 10:00 to 11:00
  • Location: Simard Hall, room 125
  • Virtual participation: registration

English presentation.

Improved access to and discovery of digital cultural and heritage content has shifted the ways in which social science and humanities researchers interact with research data and primary sources, conduct research using a variety of tools, and ultimately disseminate research outputs. This shift in scholarship has resulted in a shift in the ways the academic library community support researchers at the institutional, regional, and national level. As partners in scholarship production and dissemination, the academic library community through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), is actively investing in academy-owned infrastructure to support innovative and evolving research needs. Clare Appavoo, Executive Director at CRKN will share the vision to evolve the existing Canadiana infrastructure and enhance the content to inspire new research, to mobilize data for the humanities and social sciences, and to develop a more competitive Canadian cultural heritage sector that can contribute globally to digital research.  

Entretiens Jacques Cartier 2022

Equity, diversity and inclusion in a digital context

  • Date: 29 November 2022
  • Time: 9:00 to 17:00
  • Location: Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), room 4007

This event is in French.

The 2022 Entretien Jacques Cartier will bring together French and Canadian representatives from the private, academic and museum sectors to examine how digital technology can be used to represent diverse identities. The day’s discussions will highlight the rich and dynamic contribution of French and Canadian diversity to the evolution of digital societies. This activity is organized in partnership with l’Université Lyon 2, l’École normale supérieure de Lyon, l’Université Jean Monnet and Ingenium: Canada’s museums of science and technology.


Past guest speakers include:

  • Jennifer Guiliano (IUPU)- Indigeneity & the Digital Humanities
  • Sabine Loudcher (Lyon 2)- Quelle recherche en informatique dans les Humanités Numériques?
  • James Lee (uCincinnati )- Mapping a Global Renaissance with 53,829 Texts
  • Geoffrey Rockwell (uAlberta)- Communities of Words: Categories, Lists, and Text Analysis
  • Ariel Beaujot (Western)- The Fight to Take Down “The Big Indian”: Digital Humanities and its use in social justice work
  • Cecily Raynor (McGill)- Decolonizing the Digital: Cultures of Connectivity in the Latin American Web
  • Shawn Graham (Carleton)- They Sell What? Studying the Trade in Human Remains on Social Media
  • Laura Mandell (Texas A&M) – Nourishing and Sustaining a Scholarly Infrastructure Built from the Ground Up
  • Alan Liu (UC Santa Barbara)- What Infrastructure Assumes: Digital Humanities and Critical Infrastructure Studies