summertime sojourns

Well, I vowed that summer 2015 would be free and clear so that I could focus on finalizing my P&T papers, but that didn’t quite happen….

It all began with a quick jaunt up to East Lansing for HASTAC 2015, where Anita Chan and I discussed our work in digital pedagogy:


I then spent two weeks in Canada: The first week was in lovely Ottawa at Congress 2015, where I presented a research paper on my Emblematica Online user research for the inaugural CSDH/SCHN and ACH Joint Conference:

I then flew to the left coast and spent a week in Victoria at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute learning how to analyze authorial attribution and writing styles in the “Stylometry with R” workshop. (I had an unexpected thrill just a month later, when my DHSI instructors were featured in the Wall Street Journal about their analysis on Harper Lee’s writing style!)

After an obligatory couple days in San Francisco for good ole’ ALA Annual business, the culmination of my travels was a July journey Down Under to Sydney, Australia to present on the Virtual Verse in the Library research findings at the DH2015 conference:


DH2015 also saw the launch of the brand new Libraries and Digital Humanities Special Interest Group in ADHO: All interested people can sign up for the SIG at this link and keep an eye out for some exciting new initiatives from this long awaited SIG!

So while a second summer of touring world airports was nearly as wearying as last year, I also can say that I’ve again had some incredibly enriching experiences with all of the new people I’ve met, the amazing sights I’ve seen, and the thought-provoking research insights I’ve learned from colleagues.

Now my suitcases are finally back in the closet, and I’ll be spending these final weeks of summer in hermit mode to work on dossier revisions and to transform these conference presentations into legit journal articles. See everyone in September….