My current research uses digital methods to analyse the 14 million plus newspaper pages digitised by Trove to discover – and extract bibliographic and full-text records for – thousands of novels serialised in Australian newspapers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These stories came from around the world – from Britain, American and Australia in particular, but also Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and beyond – and exploring their circulation and content provides new insights into the way literature travelled globally in this period and the consequences of this movement for literary, reading, and cultural history. This project also motivates a reconsideration of the nature of archives in our age of digital remediation, and the relationship between this archive and humanities scholarship.
I publish across the genres and practices of Modernism including prose, poetry, drama, and film, as well as textual and editorial theory. My current work is in developing digital scholarly editions of complex Modernist texts and their manuscripts, including the Watt module of the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. My work also deals with critical and theoretical reflection upon scholarly editing techniques. I am the author of Ezra Pound’s Eriugena (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).
My current research examines how the new digital environment can sponsor a return to important questions around matter and materiality for traditional archival holdings. I explore these questions through engagement with manuscripts and personal papers and I am completing a new book, Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page.
I work in literary archives and personal archives: bringing together literary theory with the theory and practice of archives. I am interested in contexts of meaning for personal creative archives in the digital realm and how this follows from existing concepts about original order in paper archives. I have an interest in born-digital literary archives and I contemplate creative responses to archives. As a professional archivist, I am responsible for the archives of many writers and other figures/organizations within Canadian literature.
My research intersects big data storage and the environment, as an exploration of the archive’s underbelly. Sites of inquiry include Facebook and the NSA, linking technology, the body, memory, and surveillance.
Heather MACNEIL, Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
My research and publications focus on histories and theories of archival representational practices, intersections of textual and archival studies, and the authenticity of records in analogue and digital environments. I am the author of Trusting Records (2000) and co-editor, along with Terry Eastwood, of Currents of Archival Thinking (2010). I am also General Editor of Archivaria, the Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists.
Hannah MCGREGOR, Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University.
My areas of research include periodical studies, middlebrow culture, contemporary and early twentieth-century Canadian literature, the ethics of representation, critical race studies, and media studies. My current project, Modern Magazines Project Canada, explores how new digital methodologies can help us to better understand historical magazines, and the impact that those same technologies having on contemporary magazine publishing.
Linda MORRA, Professor, Bishops University, Quebec, Canada.
My research largely draws on feminist theories, book history, and archival studies and is animated by inquiries into the place of women writers in the public sphere. That research has culminated in the book, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Canadian Women’s Authorship (UTP 2014), which recalibrates current scholarly perspectives on Canadian women writers’ agencies in the twentieth century by historicizing and situating the emergence of the notion of unhindered female authorship, and in a collection of essays, Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives (co-edited with Dr. Jessica Schagerl, WLUP 2012).
Gill PARTINGTON, Birkbeck, University of London.
I work in the field of contemporary literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the technologies of writing. My research addresses our changing engagements with the material page, through the history of reading and print culture, book destruction, theories of media, and concepts of fictionality.
Elizabeth SHEPHERD, Professor, Department of Information Studies, University College London.
My research interests are in the development of the archive profession in England in the 19th and 20th centuries (Archives and archivists in 20th century England, Ashgate, 2009), and links between records and information management and information policy compliance, including the role of the records manager in an open government environment.
My research brings together the genetic, material and cultural aspects of modern literary manuscripts (English literature after 1700) and the interplay between them. As such, my work is concerned with composition history, new methodological developments in modern palaeography and codicology, the history of writing and the history of the book, and the connections between literary study, archives and literary heritage.