Closing Time

Blogged by Alison Hedley Reg

I hope this blog gives readers a sense of the CDH community’s diverse DH projects and interests. A few voices are missing from the conversation here; like most DH scholars, our key researchers, directors, and mentors at the Centre lead very full academic and para-academic lives! I want to wrap up our Day of DH by mentioning two CDH members who have not directly contributed to the blog but are integral to the Centre’s existence: Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, who co-directs the CDH with Dennis Denisoff and Jason Boyd (and who happens to supervise my PhD dissertation); and Reg Beatty, who is the CDH project manager (which means he does a little or a lot of every kind of work that a DH centre can require!). Reg is pictured above. I had him pause for a moment this morning while he was scanning pages of The Evergreen, one of the late-Victorian “little magazines” that The Yellow Nineties Online features (The Evergreen was heavily influenced by the late 19th c Celtic Renaissance and it is aesthetically staggering: I strongly recommend perusing the Internet Archive digitization if you’ve never seen it).

Virtually all of the Day of DH blog posts I’ve read highlight that DH work is mostly social in its processes, and that this can be a challenge but also, very often, a joy. My own posts have reflected how productive collaboration has been for my work in DH: Lorraine and Reg are both important mentors in such work. Reg is the mastermind of the CDH day-to-day happenings, and he is graciously showing the student fellows and I how they operate (everything from the Twitter account activity to the CDH and Y90s site CMS updates to proformas for Y90s biography images). Lorraine and I have co-presented at two conferences in the past month, and her insights have catalyzed more than one “a hah!” moment for me as we’ve worked to articulate the theory and the politics behind our practices in building the Yellow Nineties Personography. Reg and the CDH co-directors have contributed much intellectual labour and creativity to the Centre, and many student fellows, research assistants, and classrooms of undergrads have benefitted from their efforts—not to mention all the folks who use The Yellow Nineties Online, the ChessBard, the Children’s Literature Archive, and all the other resources developed by CDH members and affiliates.

That’s about it for our Day of in the life of the CDH. It’s time for me to lock up the studio and, in true Torontonian fashion, pick up roti for dinner.

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