My Day of DH 2015


My name is Alyssa Arbuckle, and I’m one of 2 Assistant Directors of the ETCL (I share the privilege with Dan Sondheim). My role focuses on Research Partnerships & Development for the lab. I would characterize my work as research facilitation — connecting researchers and partners, organizing academic conferences and events, writing reports and articles, et cetera. In this role with the ETCL I also have the  honour of working with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) group.

So how am I spending my Day of DH? Among other tasks, I’ll be meeting with my colleagues Jon Bath, Connie Crompton, and Alex Christie to discuss an article we’re collaboratively writing for a Routledge companion on intersections between social knowledge creation, book history, and online texts / publication. Alongside my colleagues and fellow organizers Ray Siemens and Bill Bowen I’ll be coordinating the Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities event, which coincides with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2015 (and for which there are still a few spots open!). I’ll be reviewing feedback on the beta version of the Iter Community knowledge environment, as well as working with my colleagues Shawn DeWolfe and Matt Hiebert to develop invitations to the launch of the site, slated for this summer.  I may, schedule-willing, spend a little time on the proceedings for the INKE Sydney 2014 and Whistler 2015 gatherings, which I am co-editing with my colleagues Lynne Siemens and Aaron Mauro for a special issue of Scholarly and Research Communication, to be released in October 2015. O, and I’ll be doing a lot of email.

What is the common denominator for my Day of DH 2015 activities? Collaboration. I feel very lucky that the majority of the projects I work on are a team effort. Just to brag for a moment, I really do get to work with a group of brilliant and hardworking people. I’m so very pleased not to be a lone scholar, toiling away at an individual rockface (how lonely!); rather, I get to connect, share ideas, and most importantly, learn from a community that is growing and evolving in more and more positive ways. I think that in many ways this is what I appreciate most about digital humanities: it offers a new approach to humanities practices. It has a unique academic modus operandi. It welcomes.

Thank you for the opportunity to post some DH-y rambles today, Day of DH 2015 organizers!


3 thoughts on “My Day of DH 2015”

  1. Well put. I’m with you on collaboration as an M.O. … Working in solitude can be its own kind of luxury (when, for instance, writing a dissertation chapter), but the more time I spend here and there on digital projects, the more I appreciate that DH is best done in teams.

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  2. Hey Alison,

    Thanks for your comment. I do agree that writing, especially, seems to demand a little solitude — as Virginia Woolf so thoroughly elaborated on! I need to make a variety of weird faces, drink too much coffee, listen to Kronos Quartet very loud, and talk to myself incessantly to get serious writing done. (And that is not a process that I particularly want to invite others in on, for reasons of severe personal embarrassment.) But even that serious writing only gets to be good — or, as the case may be, near good, or passable — once I pass it on to some one else and they offer their suggestions and responses to it.

    Anyways, hope all is well at Ryerson, and that our paths will cross soon (DHSI?).


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