[globaloutlookDH-l] FINAL Reminder: Vote for GO::DH Executive Committee

Roopika Risam rrisam at gmail.com
Sat Feb 28 07:40:19 MST 2015

Dear GO::DH Members,

This is your final reminder to vote in the elections for the GO::DH
Executive Committee. Voting ends Sunday, March 1st, 11:59pm PST.

All members of the mailing list as of Sunday, February 22, 2015, when
voting opened, are eligible to vote in the election. To vote, please use
this Google Form <http://goo.gl/forms/L4T8XhLQX5>and select up to four
candidates. Voting will be open until March 1st, 2015. Election results
will be announced shortly afterwards.

We are pleased to have such an exciting slate of candidates from around the
world and with a range of experiences for this year's election. The bios
and candidate statements for each of the nominees are below, in
alphabetical order:

*Barbara Bordalejo*

Bio: Barbara Bordalejo is professor of Digital Humanities at KU Leuven,
where she teaches digital textuality and electronic literature. She is part
of the executive of the European Association for Digital Humanities and has
been part of the executive of GO::DH since its foundation, to which she was
elected last year.

Statement: GO::DH has become an important forum for the  initiation and
promotion of collaboration with others. With the institutional support of
KU Leuven and  as the head of the Digital Humanities Task Force in the
Faculty of Arts, I am in a good position to continue to contribute to this
community. For the next term, I would like to renew efforts to open new
lines of communication with places that continue to be underepresented
(Africa, South and Central America) and to create more spaces to initiate
productive dialogues leading to a richer, polifonic future. In order to
achieve this, I will build on KU Leuven's history of cultural exchange and
enrichment and expand this to different areas of DH.

*Gimena del Rio*
Bio: Gimena del Rio is a researcher at the Seminario de Edicion y Crítica
Textual (SECRIT-IIBIRCIT) of the National Scientific and Technical Research
Council in Argentina and a fundamental promoter of the Argentinian
Association of Digital Humanities. S

Statement (from nominator): Part from her academic activities in Digital
Humanities, she has been instrumental at grounding the field in Argentina
by promoting transdisciplinary community practices. Her involvement with
other DH communities around the world would be a definite asset for the
Executive Committee as GO::DH increasingly builds a sense of a global DH
community. She could offer a interesting point of view on the Latin
American development of DH and an enthusiastic member of the DH Community
in Spanish.

*Alex Gil*

Bio: Alex Gil specializes in twentieth-century Caribbean literature, with
an emphasis on critical bibliography, digital humanities and textual
scholarship. He has published in journals across the Atlantic and the
Americas, while sustaining an open and robust online research presence. In
2010-2012 he was a fellow at the Scholars' Lab and NINES at the University
of Virginia. He now serves as co-chair of the Global Outlook::Digital
Humanities initiative and is actively engaged in digital humanities
projects at Columbia University and around the world.

Statement: As vice-chair and then as co-chair of GO::DH in the 2014-2015
period, I oversaw the creation of the AroundDH project with other GO::DH
members, which highlighted one project each day around the world. This
project helped make visible the wonderful work that folks are doing around
the world in digital humanities by any name. During the DH2014 in Lausanne,
with the leadership of Elika Ortega, we launched the Whispering Program,
which re-started the conversation around translation for ADHO and led to a
vibrant conversation with many communities around the world on the role of
language in DH. Supporting the initiative of James O´Sullivan, we redid our
site to make it more simple and began the process of aligning it with
principles of minimal computing. During this period I also coordinated the
creation of the affiliate program that brought us together to the RedHD,
the AHDig and the SADH group. At the moment, I am working with the minimal
computing working group to kickstart a Jekyll site that can serve as a
position site and resource for minimal computing. If elected I would
continue to support all of our groups, and help in the formation of new
ones, as I have in the two years I have been involved at GO::DH. As a
member of the executive for a third term, my major policy contribution
would be an amendment to the by-laws that would guarantee representation by
a member of each affiliate organisation in the executive, pushing GO::DH
towards the truly diverse global organisation for which we have laid the
seeds together already.

*Martin Grandjean*

Bio: Martin Grandjean is a contemporary history researcher at the
University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He is interested in cultural
relations and scientific exchanges during the interwar period. Combining
network analysis and data visualization, his research are impregnated by
the digital humanities (see his blog). Martin Grandjean is a founding
member and the current spokesman of Humanistica, the french-speaking
association for digital humanities.

Statement: The GO::DH executive committee interests me for two reasons. I
am personally convinced that this is an area of both reflection and action
in which our community need to make urgent progress. On the other hand, as
the spokesman of the French DH association, I know how much we need this
kind of relay. We are also facing similar problems inside the Francophonie,
which extends from Canada to many African countries, with several European
countries and individuals residing in many other countries.

*Dan O'Donnell*

Bio: I am one of the founding members of the group that eventually became
GO::DH and served as its first chair. Prior to chairing GO::DH, I fulfilled
a number of administrative roles in the Digital Humanities, including chair
of the Text Encoding Initiative, co-President of the Canadian Society for
Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques, and
founding director of Digital Medievalist. I am currently editor-in-chief of
the ADHO supported journal Digital Studies/Le champ numérique.

Statement: I see the main tasks of GO::DH over the next two years as being
a) to maintain its momentum and willingness to experiment and innovate, and
b) develop a more robust scholarly infrastructure (annual or semi-annual
conference, regular cfps and special issues). In the last two years, GO::DH
has had an astounding impact on the global understanding and practice of
the Digital Humanities. I'm interested in ensuring that influence continues.

*Padmini Ray Murray*

Bio: I am currently on the faculty at the Srishti School for Art, Design
and Technology in Bangalore, India, working in conjunction with the Centre
of Public History, where I am setting up a collaborative programme in the
Digital Humanities and Public History. I have been a recipient of two Arts
and Humanities Research Council funding awards: on the disruption and
disintermediation in the publishing industry under the aegis of the Digital
Transformations programme; and as one of five Unbox Fellows,  during which
my research focused on videogames in India. In the absence of a cohesive
digital humanities presence in Scotland, I founded DHNetS earlier this year
(Digital Humanities Network Scotland) and am at the helm of the newly
established South Asian Digital Humanities Network, which has just launched
its website, and has already attracted a modest membership. I am on the
Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Technoculture and have served
as an elected Trustee for the past year on the board of Wikimedia UK.

Statement: It's an honour to submit my candidacy for an organisation that
does so much to foster outreach and build community amongst scholars--and it
is my hope that, should I be elected, I could do much to uphold these aims
through the following: As someone who will be working in, and has trained
in the global south, I feel it is important to address how local contexts
shape and inform our understanding of the digital humanities as a
discipline. I am keen to facilitate conversations between the wider DH
community and the newly launched South Asian Digital Humanities Network
that addresses questions of access, infrastructure, economic and government
policy, the exigencies of working in languages other than English, rate of
technological growth and obsolescence, and our different institutional
histories to broaden these horizons. In practical terms, I hope my role
will enable me to ensure a greater representation from this part of the
world by fostering training initiatives, exchanges and network-building

*Nuria Rodríguez Ortega*

Bio: Nuria Rodríguez Ortega is the head of the History of Art department at
the University of Málaga (UMA). She also directs the research group
i-ArtHis_Lab (iarthis.hdplus.es) and leads ReArte.Dix (the international
network of Digital Studies on Artistic Culture. Since 2010 she coordinates
the MA program in Social Devlopment and Artistic Culture also at UMA.
Her reseach focuses on the intersection between computing languages, dgital
media ant art history. She has also worked on the junction of
entrepreneurship and culture and is the co-founder of the award-winning
spin-off Culturacy

Statement: Given the cultural and geopoligical expansion seen in Digital
Humanities practice, I believe it is extremely necessary to further develop
initiatives like GO::DH in order to explore the diversity and plurality of
these practices in a global context so as to discover that which brings us
together but also identifying what the idiosincracies of each context are.
GO::DH provides an exceptional context to work towards that. Furthermore, I
believe that my training as an art historian, artistic culture, and
cultural heritage in general will add a perspective that is not always
present in DH disussions.

*Mari Sarv*

Bio: Mari Sarv works at Estonian Folklore Archives (Estonian Literary
Museum) since 1996, as a senior researcher since 2008, since 2012 she is
leading the research group of Estonian Folklore Archives. Her main subject
of study is older Estonian folksong (regilaul). She has published two
monographs on the topic (2000 and 2008), has organized conferences on
regilaul and edited proceedings from these conferences. She has been
contributing to the developing of the database of Estonian regilaul
including almost 100000 songtexts by now and she has been widely using the
computational methods in her research (metrical and poetical analysis,
cartographic representations, social network analysis). Since the very
beginning of her career she has been trying to initiate a digital turn in
the archival system of her home archives, and later on has been
contributing to several projects related to establishing and developing the
digital archival system of Estonian Literary Museum. Together with her
colleague Kaisa Kulasalu she organized the first conferences on Estonian
digital humanities in 2013 and 2014, established the web page and mailing
list for Estonian DH community.

Statement: GO:DH is a great and necessary initiative, the existence of it
already brings awareness on the problematics of non-english DH
As there is definitely a linguistic gap between the english speaking world
and the rest in the field of DH, the SIG should contribute to the
diminishing of it
- explaining the problems of non-english DHers to the wider audience
- helping to spread awareness of the DH tools and projects between English
and non-English world
- contributing to the organizing of training events for non-English
developing DH communities
- forming a network for people with common problems
- spreading awareness of the need for dh tools and standards to be
accustomizable for multilingual use.

*David Joseph Wrisely*

Bio: I have been living and teaching in Beirut since 2002 where I am an
Associate Professor in a department of English.  My research interests
include medieval studies, Mediterranean studies, as well as various
elements of the spatial humanities:  literary GIS, historical gazetteers,
ground-up community mapping.  While on sabbatical this year I launched a
set a workshops "Topics in Digital Mapping" at Fordham University co-taught
with graduate students, in order to build a community of practice around
digital mapping. This year I have also organized two major DH activities at
my home university: the Arab World's first That Camp, and the first
sustained DH training opportunity in the region, the Digital Humanities
Institute - Beirut (dhibeirut.wordpress.com).  The institute is offering 8
courses and will bring together 80+ participants (students, faculty,
chairs, library, IT)  from a dozen local and international
universities/research centers, as well as members of local NGOs, government
and industry.

Statement: I am fascinated in a digital humanities that arises organically
from community--in its languages and its world views--that learns from the
global community and gives back to it with its own special touch.  I am
interested in building local, regional and international partnerships for
DH training and research. I can be found on twitter as @DJWrisley.

All best,
Roopika Risam and Élika Ortega
(Returning Officers and Nominations Committee)

Roopika Risam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Salem State University
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