Original 4Humanities Collective

4Humanities was founded in November 2010 by a collective of digital humanities scholars and practitioners in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia.The original 4Humanities collective included the following people. 

4Humanities co-leaders: Alan Liu, Geoffrey Rockwell [Melissa Terras, Stéfan Sinclair, and Christine Henseler later joined, in that order].

4Humanities Lead Research Assistant: Lindsay Thomas.


Original 4Humanities Collective

Paul Arthur
Deputy Director, Australian National Centre of Biography. Deputy General Editor, Australian Dictionary of Biography. Author of works including History and New Media (forthcoming 2011).


Edward Ayers
President of University of Richmond. Former Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia. Creator of the digital-history project, The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War. Author of books that include The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 1992) and In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America (W.W. Norton, 2003).


Craig Bellamy
E-research Analyst (Digital Humanities), Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI), University of Melbourne.


Cathy N. Davidson
Co-founder, HASTAC. Co-PI, HASTAC, MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition. Author of numerous books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (Oxford, 1986; Expanded Edition 2004) and Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Hopkins, 1989). Co-author with David Theo Goldberg of The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (MIT Press, 2009). Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University.


Johanna Drucker
Professor, Information Studies, UCLA. Author of books including The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art (University of Chicago Press, 1994), The Century of Artists’ Books (Granary Books, 1995), Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity (University Of Chicago Press, 2005), and SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Practitioner and theorist of book art and “artist books.”


Patrick Durusau
OpenDocument Format (ODF) Editor, Convener of Topic Maps Working Group (SC 34/WG3), Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Library of Information and Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Former Director of Research and Development for the Society of Biblical Literature.


Jennifer Guiliano
Assistant Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.


David Theo Goldberg
Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute. Co-founder, HASTAC. Author of books on critical race theory. Co-author with Cathy N. Davidson of The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (MIT Press, 2009). Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.


Christine Henseler
Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Union College. Her work centers on contemporary Spanish literature and technology, media studies, and youth culture, in particular Generation X. She has published numerous books and articles, including Contemporary Spanish Women’s Narrative and the Publishing Industry (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2003), Generation X Rocks: Contemporary Peninsular Fiction, Film, and Rock Culture (Vanderbilt, 2007, co-edited with Randolph Pope), Spanish Fiction in the Digital Age: Generation X Remixed (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culutre in Motion (Routledge 2012), and Hybrid Storyspaces: Redefining the Critical Enterprise in Twenty-First Century Hispanic Literature(Hispanic Issues Series, 2012, co-edited with Debra Castillo). She is the creator of the Humanities in Action Lab. For more information go to: www.ChristineHenseler.com


Tim Hitchcock
Professor of Eighteenth-Century History, University of Hertfordshire. Former Head of the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (Hertfordshire). Co-director of The Old Bailey Online and London Lives, 1690-1800 websites, providing online access to 200 million words of transcribed historical text. Author or editor of ten books including Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century London and English Sexualities, 1700-1800.


Lorna Hughes
Deputy Director, Centre for e-Research, King’s College, London. Director of the community knowledge base, www.arts-humanities.net. Co-investigator, Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre (AHeSSC). Secretary, Allied Digital Humanities Associations (ADHO). Series Editor, “Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities” (Ashgate). Co-Editor of Virtual Representations of the Past (Ashgate, 2008). Author of Digitizing Collections (Facet, 2003). In January 2011, Hughes will take up a Chair in Digital Collections at the National Library of Wales.


Patricia Keller
Curator, historian, and museum consultant. Ph.D. in American Civlization and Material Culture, University of Delaware. Curator, Berrett Studio
Alan Liu
Professor and Chair of English, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Affiliated Faculty Member, Media Arts & Technology Program, UCSB. Director of Transliteracies Project (Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading). Creator of Voice of the Shuttle (Web site for Humanities Research). Author of books including The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (U. Chicago Press, 2004) and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (U. Chicago Press, 2008).


Andrew Prescott
Professor and Director of Research, Humanities and Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow. Former Curator of Manuscripts, British Library.


Joseph Raben
Professor emeritus of English, Queens College of the City University of New York. Founder, Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). Founder, Computers and the Humanities journal. In 2010, he was awarded the Roberto Busa Prize of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations for foundational contributions to humanities computing.


Stephen Ramsay
Stephen Ramsay is an Associate Professor of English and a Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He specializes in text technology and software design, and has lectured widely on subjects related to digital humanities and literary study.


Geoffrey Rockwell
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada. Project leader for TAPoR, a Text Analysis Portal for Research. Former Director of the Humanities Media and Computing Centre, McMaster University. Author of Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet (Humanity Books, 2003).


Lisa Spiro
Director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University. Editor of the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki. Author of the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog.


Stéfan Sinclair
Associate Professor of Multimedia at McMaster University and Director of the McMaster Centre for Digital Scholarship. His research and teaching focus on the conception, design, development, study and theorizing of advanced tools for the digital humanities, including text analysis and visualization interfaces.


Melissa Terras
Senior Lecturer in Electronic Communication, Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL). Deputy Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. General editor and Associate Interactive Media Editor, Digital Humanities Quarterly. Officer of Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing. Author of Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Digital Images for the Information Professional (Ashgate, 2008).


Lindsay Thomas
Graduate Student, English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). 4Humanities Research Assistant. Project Coordinator for Transliteracies Project (Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading). HASTAC Scholar and Research Assistant for UCSB’s Transcriptions Center.


William G. Thomas, III
Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Co-leader of The Digital History project at University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Founding Director of the Virginia Center for Digital History at University of Virginia. Co-editor of The Valley of the Shadow project at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at University of Virginia.


Katherine L. Walter
Co-Director, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Chair and Professor of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, Libraries of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Advocacy lead for centerNet.


4Humanities International Correspondents


While 4Humanities began with contributors from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, it seeks to extend its scope and audience to other nations. To that end, the 4Humanities International Correspondents are humanities researchers from outside of these countries that report on events, policies, statements, and issues relating to the state of the humanities or advocacy for the humanities in the correspondent’s country. Sponsorship for these international correspondent positions is from the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC), and the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts (CIRCA).


Eva Kekou
Eva Kekou has a multidisciplinary background in literature, the history of art and political theory. Her research interests and publications focus on public space, urban studies, locative media, interactive media, psychogeography and audience theories. She has worked as a research fellow in Austria, the United Kingdom and Greece and has taught at the University of the Aegean in Greece for a number of years. She has also participated in a large number of international conferences and has presented her work at ISEA, re:media live, and the Amber conference, among others; she has also given lectures at museums and academic departments across Greece. She is now based in Greece where she works as a curator for media art events and as a researcher and scientific advisor for European research projects.


Oeendrila Lahiri
Oeendrila Lahiri’s doctoral work is on the flow, intersections and mutations of liberal ideas in the literary sphere of 19th century Calcutta, which developed in conversation with the influx of French and British print imports. She is interested in contemporary ideas and ideologies of development in India and the world, and concomitant issues of democracy and nationalism. She is especially interested in the growth of India as a potential global power and the politics thereof. Oeendrila has Master’s and MPhil degrees in English and Cultural Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and also has a diploma in the social sciences from the Centre for Studies in the Social Sciences, Calcutta.


Ernesto Priego
PhD In Information Studies, University College London. Studied and taught English literature and critical theory at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Writer, translator, freelance journalist and curator. Avid blogger and Twitter enthusiast. Co-founder and editor of The Comics Grid, an international collaboratory of comics scholars.

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