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Paul Millar – Royal Society Pou Aronui Award 2022

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Professor Paul Millar is the winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2022 Pou Aronui Award, for distinguished service to humanities-aronui over a sustained period of time.

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We’re thrilled to acknowledge Paul’s achievement and very pleased to see the work he has done at UC, particularly with the CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive, which is cited as a major part of his contribution. The CEISMIC project was a huge undertaking at a time of great upheaval at UC and in Ōtautahi, and it played an important role in shaping how digital humanities would develop here over the decade following the earthquakes. Many of us have had opportunities to get involved in digital humanities because of Paul’s leadership of the CEISMIC project, so it means a lot to see his work recognized publicly at the highest level. A common thread running through Paul’s work has been his commitment to the local, both in his work as a literary historian and also in the digital humanities projects where he has built local, digital collections of great significance to New Zealanders.

Read more about Paul’s award here.

Eric Meyer visit

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We were delighted to welcome Professor Eric Meyer back to the University of Canterbury for a brief visit over the past two days. Eric previously visited the UC Digital Humanities programme as a Visiting Canterbury Fellow in 2014, and was back in New Zealand to speak at the National Digital Forum in Wellington earlier this week. He very kindly added a Christchurch leg to his trip, so we were able to hear him speak yesterday about work arising from his book Knowledge Machines (with Ralph Schroeder, published in 2015 by The MIT Press), then this morning we attended his workshop entitled “Metrics and Measurement: The Impacts of Digital Resources and Collections”.

The workshop stimulated some broad ranging discussion that moved from ways of measuring impact into exploration of data collection tools and methods of data analysis in various fields of research. A number of our Media & Communications postgrads took the opportunity to ask Eric about possibilities and limitations of using social media data, which led to some interesting debate.

Thank you, Eric & Michelle, for making the trip down to see us in Christchurch – we wish you safe travels for the journey home. And thanks National Digital Forum for inviting Eric to speak and getting him over to our part of the world!


Eric Meyer speaking at the University of Canterbury on 24 November 2016.

Professor Eric Meyer of the Oxford Internet Institute addresses UC staff and postgrads

Using Omeka Collections for Teaching and Research: Case Studies from Art History

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Our next upcoming seminar will describe two Omeka projects, developed by the Art History Department and supported by Digital Humanities. Barbara Garrie will describe her use of Omeka for teaching, and Richard Bullen will provide an overview of his Omeka research archive, which supports his Marsden funded project ‘China, Art, and Cultural Diplomacy’. James Smithies will explain the role Digital Humanities had in setting up and helping maintain the two projects.

Time: Monday 14 September, 11am-12.30pm
Place: Psych/Soci 151

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From Acetate Disc to Annotated Digital Archive: Tracking Sound Changes Through The History of NZ English

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We are delighted to announce that at our next seminar Professor Jen Hay (New Zealand Institute for Language, Brain and Behavior), winner of the 2015 University of Canterbury Research Medal, will give a talk about the LaBB-Cat software created at UC for managing and researching large annotated collections of transcribed audio. As usual, the talk is on Monday (31st August) in Psyc/Soci 151 at 11am – 12.30pm.

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Access, Description and Digital Presence / Steampunk Aestheticism

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Next week’s seminar is in two parts. In part one, Dr Joanna Cobley (History, UC), Caroline Sydall (Macmillan Brown Library), and Melissa McMullan (UC Arts Intern) outline a project to arrange, describe and assess the Macmillan Brown Library’s Theatre & Concert Programme Ephemera Collection. In part two, Joanna will describe her current project investigating the virtual and lived experiences of women Steampunk creators and consumers situated in post-apocalyptic Christchurch.

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