Presenter Biographies

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia: In the list of possible stakeholders, we identify most closely with the role of an advocate of specific disciplines (the social sciences). With an elected Fellowship of over 700 leading Australian social science scholars and public intellectuals, the Academy has an active interest in ensuring access to and availability of world-class physical, data and human infrastructure to enable the best possible social science. The communities perspective is central to our understanding of the sector, which we often refer to as an ecosystem. In terms of data commons policy, the Academy envisions three areas for contribution going forward. (1) Ecosystem mapping: or surveying the field (people, skills, organisations, goal, assets, policies) to produce an overarching narrative that makes the data commons system (both its present and its envisioned future) intelligible to the community; (2) Critical review of plans and policies, with a goal to ensuring no discipline is left behind; and lastly (3) Support for continuity: It is our view that agencies like ours (i.e., national scope, independent political stance, stable funding and somewhat guaranteed continuity) can be instrumental in forming and maintaining communities, who otherwise struggle to keep momentum and achieve meaningful progress over the years.
Paul Arthur is Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow and Chair in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He speaks and publishes widely on major challenges and changes facing 21st-century society, from the global impacts of technology on communication, culture and identity to migration and human rights. Since 2017 he has been Director of the Edith Cowan Centre for Global Issues. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has held visiting positions in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. He has served on executive boards and councils of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations; centerNet—the worldwide network of digital humanities centres (Co-Chair, 2015–19); the International Auto/Biography Association; the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (founding President 2011–15, Vice-President 2018–21); the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (2010–19); and the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources initiative of the Australian Government (2012–18).
The Australian Data Archive turns 40 years old in 2021, with our mission to provide a national service for the collection and preservation and dissemination of digital research data for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users. Within the HASS-I Commons, ADA will provide core data access infrastructure for the social sciences community, and integration with other HASS services to enable data providers and users to share and use data. Over 7000 users within the social sciences community make use of our data and services. For the broader set of HASS domains however, I will explore the role that social science archives, and archives and repositories more generally, might and do play as both an enabler of research practice and trusted broker for data providers.
Birgit Bachler is a media artist, designer, and researcher based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington. In her research, she investigates emergent media and the ways contemporary technologies continuously create, shape, and manipulate networks between humans and non-humans, electronic data, and their environments.
Dr Tully Barnett is Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries at Flinders University in South Australia. She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award fellowship for a project on understanding digitisation as a cultural practice and works on projects with the arts and culture sector on understanding, assessing and communicating the value of culture in an increasingly econometric world. She is Deputy Director of Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts at Flinders. Tully serves on the executive committee for the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities (aaDH) and the advisory board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Researchers and Centres (ACHRC).
Joshua Black is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Te Kāhui Roro Reo the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, working at the intersection of sociolinguistics and data science. His background is in philosophy, especially the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce. He recently completed a graduate programme in data science with a strong focus on digital humanities. An overarching theme in his current work is the use of computational techniques to shed light in the humanities and social sciences.
Hayden Blain is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he studies the structural and discursive properties of retold earthquake stories. His broader research interests lie at the intersection of talk-in-interaction and discourses, particularly how talk may be a site to resist discriminatory discourses of sexuality and race.
Dr Kylie Brass(Director Policy & Research, Australian Academy of the Humanities) : The Australian Academy of the Humanities has a deep commitment to achieving national data and research infrastructure that serves the humanities, arts, the wider system, and the public good. The critical and creative talents of the humanities are vital to developing and realising a research commons agenda. Over many years the Academy has contributed its convening power and policy and research capacity towards this agenda, including through the Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit, and work conducted in support of national investment planning processes for the humanities, arts and social sciences (including Mapping International Infrastructure Models for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, commissioned by the Department of Education in 2019). In my contribution, I will reflect on how we have worked with policy makers, researchers, eResearch organisations, and cultural sector colleagues to help build networks of common purpose; and I will specifically talk to a new joint project between Australia’s Learned Academies and the Australian Research Data Commons, which is designed to develop a cohesive, multidisciplinary agenda to support excellent data-enabled research.
Dr Maggie Buxton (Chair) is a producer, facilitator and consultant. Her international experience is in change facilitation, strategic development and cross boundary collaboration and innovation. She currently works with emerging technologies to support communities. Her PhD was in Creative Technologies (AUT) and she has an MSc in Organisational Development from Sheffield Business School. See &
Lisa Chisholm is a Humanities Subject Librarian at the University of Otago, supporting the Social Sciences. She has been working in the library sector for a significant number of years, in New Zealand and internationally, in both academic and corporate libraries, but has only recently delved into the world of Digital Humanities.

Lisa has actively participated in Te Pokapū Matihiko o Te Kete Aronui | the Divisional Digital Humanities Hub through organising, facilitating and hosting the Seminar Series. She is part of the Digital Humanities Community of Practice within the Otago Library, and jointly conducted a research project investigating the Digital Humanities Needs at Otago.

Lisa’s interests within the DH space are working to support academics and students navigating terminology, technology, tools and togetherness (particularly making connections via the DH Hub). She also thoroughly enjoys the many distractions visualisations can provide, observing how physical collections and data can intertwine to create socially, culturally & historically significant projects.

David Ciccoricco is Associate Professor of English at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His research is focused on literary and narrative theory with an emphasis on narrative in digital media. He is the author of Reading Network Fiction (2007), a book on pre-Web and Web-based digital fiction, and Refiguring Minds in Narrative Media (2015), which is focused on cognitive approaches to narrative and literary theory in print novels, digital narratives, and story-driven videogames. His work appears in NarrativePoetics TodayDigital Humanities QuarterlyGames and Culture and, most recently, an article on “How to Play a Parable” in Storyworlds: a Journal of Narrative Studies. He is also the creator of dtour, a literary tourism app developed in partnership with the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature,  available free from the App Store and Google Play.
Dr Michael Cop is a Senior Lecturer in English and Linguistics at the University of Otago where he lectures in writing and in early modern literature. His current research interests are Shakespearean adaptations and corpus linguistic approaches to understanding student composition.
Giulio Valentino Dalla Riva, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in Data Science in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury. His research focuses on understanding scenarios where interactions are crucially important. He develops mathematical and statistical methods to study complex systems, and apply those methods to what we named “data with relations”. He has a scientific passion for Ecology and Evolution (especially when the two interact). Website:
Jenny Fewster: I am the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Research Data Commons Program Manager with the Australian Research Data Commons. I have over twenty years experience in the collection, management and dissemination of research and cultural heritage data and resources through digital humanities platforms, most recently as Executive Officer of AusStage. Under my stewardship since 2003, AusStage has become the most extensive national cultural dataset on live performance. I am acutely aware of the diverse infrastructure needs of the digital humanities, with expertise in database design, metadata schemas, interoperability factors, resource discovery protocols, content management systems, data visualisation techniques and digital literacy.
Mary Filsell is a future focused librarian interested in the intermeshing of the GLAM sector and technology. Mary researches within and is passionate about supporting The Carpentries, Open Access, Research & Data Management, FAIR Data, Anthropology, User Experience, User Interfaces and Artificial Intelligence. Mary is presently a Liaison Librarian focused on providing academic engagement & specialist library research training aligned to Arts, Health and Medical Science Faculty researchers, staff, and students of University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Judy Fisher has worked in academic libraries for 30 years, most of that time in the University of Otago, but also at the University of Western Australia. She has held a variety of positions in the library including Library Assistant Lending Services, eLearning librarian, Learning Services Librarian and Distance Librarian; however she is a relative newcomer to the field of Digital Humanities. Currently as a Humanities Subject Librarian she has embraced the opportunity to become involved in the Digital Humanities Project and has enjoyed the new knowledge, collegiality and experiences which this has afforded. With an undergraduate degree in English Literature, and a Masters in Information Studies, e-learning (or technology-enhanced learning) has been a particularly important part of her job over the last fifteen years, so it has not been difficult to slip into the realm of DH. Judy’s interest is in digital literature, and the huge potential that different technologies offer to the creation of new and exciting modes of the delivery of new and old literature.
Susan Ford is a classicist with special interest in geographic and scientific documents. She has taught these for the last few years to more or less surprised students at the Sydney Latin Summer School. She is currently translating a Latin pharmaceutical treatise from the first century AD, the Compositiones of Scribonius Largus, for publication on an open access platform as a contribution to scientific literacy and digital humanities.
Robert Fromont is the Data Software Architect for the New Zealand Institute of Language,Brain and Behaviour at the University of Canterbury. He received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Auckland in 1996, an Advanced Certificate in Business Computing from the Auckland University of Technology the same year, and a BA(Hons) in Linguistics from the University of Canterbury in 2013.

He has been developing an open source speech corpus management system since 2003: LaBB-CAT is a browser-based system that allows centralised management of speech data, including media files, transcripts and annotations, automatic annotation including lexical and syntacic tagging, NLP, forced alignment, etc. Robert has also been involved in web/mobile apps, for elicitation of speech, language-learning research, and hearing tests.

Robert’s focus is on the development of open research tools that prioritise the needs of its users; on one hand, ease of use for participants, and mechanisms for ensuring their data is shared only to the extent they explicitly consent to, and on the other hand, researchers should be able to generally work with their preferred tools and technologies, and find that common research tasks are easy, while more unusual tasks are possible.

Dr Katrina Grant is a senior lecturer in Digital Humanities at The Australian National University with a background in art history the study of Early Modern Italy. Her research focuses on gardens and the history of landscapes, as well as the visual culture of theatre and festivals, and the connections between these two areas. Her research focuses on the visual culture of landscape, the way it is shaped, represented and experienced in the pre-Enlightenment era. Her current research focuses on GIS and visualisation technologies and their potential for extending art historical research into new areas. She also publishes on digital pedagogy and digital research methods.
Caelum Greaves: I have been playing games in a social situation ever since I can remember, from board games to RPGs on my parents’ old computers when I was in primary school, with my little brother sitting beside me. The feeling of community I had when playing games with my family and social circles inspired me to begin playing games outside of my usual genres, and explore the types of games which the Literary Games Group at Otago classify as ‘literary games’. I have always been a reader and writer, and as I began playing games such as Sunless Sea, Darkest Dungeon, and Spiritfarer, I began to see how games themselves can be a form of artwork.

I am a second year student at Otago studying English, Linguistics, and Science Communication, and am planning for postgraduate study in a couple of years. Digital Humanities was never a plan for me, but writing for games has always been a possibility for my future, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to pick up Digital Humanities papers at Otago and join the LGG, exploring the types of games which I feel give power to gaming as a genre.

David Green is an artist who lectures in Electronic Arts at the Dunedin School of Art. He is interested in applying the phenomenology and the neurology of perception to the collaborative engagement between artwork and viewer. Currently a PhD candidate in the department of Media, Film, and Communication at Otago University, his praxis of ‘disarticulated cinema’ focuses on temporal and spatial redistributions of cinematic content into a variety of navigable Spaces.
Brigid Grigg is a PhD candidate in the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne.
Dr Erin Harrington is senior lecturer in critical and cultural theory in the English Department at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her current research focuses on bodies, gender, and ecologies in horror, as well as horror-comedy and the discursive construction of New Zealand horror. She is the author of the book Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror (Routledge 2017), and has recently contributed work to Death and Dying in New Zealand (Freerange Press 2018), The Many Lives of the Evil Dead (Macfarland 2019), the multi-award-winning collection Film, Feminism, Genre: Women Make Horror (Rutgers University Press 2020), Body Count 6 ½: Case Studies in Horror Comedy (Lehigh University Press 2021), Continuum, and Horror Homeroom. Her work as an arts writer and cultural critic can be found at Pantograph Punch, The Spinoff, The Playmarket Annual, Theatreview, The Conversation, HAMSTER, Bulletin and various broadcast sites including RNZ National. She is a regular on live-recorded podcasts The Nerd Degree and Feminist Yarns with Kathleen Burns, she edits the arts blog Flat City Field Notes, and is proud to serve as a trustee for the literary festival WORD Christchurch.
Dr Amanda Harris is the Director of the PARADISEC (the Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures) Sydney Unit and Research Fellow at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her research focuses on gender, music and cross-cultural histories. Currently, she is working on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Reclaiming Performance Under Assimilation in southeast Australia, 1935-75’
Dr Hunter Hatfield is Senior Lecturer and Head of Programme in English and Linguistics at the University of Otago. They maintain interests in text analysis, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and narrative.
Lydia Hearn has over 30 years of experience working on major international projects in health and community development in Australia, Colombia, Egypt, the Netherlands, UK and USA funded by organisations such as UNESCO, Ford Foundation, Bernard van Leer, Plan International, Médecins Sans Frontières, AusAID, and the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Much of her research has been translated into policy and practice and she has published major reviews, public reports, policy papers and journal articles. In recent years, she has dedicated her time to writing research grants aimed at pooling our collective knowledge to better understand and find sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the 21st century with the goal to renew and reinforce universal principles of human dignity. This includes open access and open scholarship to make research more freely and easily accessible to the communities it serves.
Elly Hong is currently pursuing a Masters in Digital Humanities and Public Culture at the Australian National University. Interests include digital marketing, social media research, museum and heritage studies.
Chris Houghton: As Head of Digital Scholarship for Gale, Chris Houghton is responsible for Gale’s relationship with the global digital humanities community. Alongside speaking at international events, Chris collaborates extensively with academics to deliver workshops, academic events and guest lectures. Projects to which Chris has contributed include Oceanic Exchanges, The Atlas of Digitised Newspapers and Old Books and Digital Publishing: Eighteenth-Century Collections Online by Stephen H. Gregg. As a guest lecturer, Chris has worked at King’s College London, Newcastle University, Fudan University, Warwick University and many others.

The primary goal in strengthening this relationship with the DH and wider academic community is to ensure that Gale continue to develop tools, particularly Gale Digital Scholar Lab, that meet the needs of faculty, researchers and students in a rapidly evolving educational environment.

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D. is an Administrative Assistant Professor of Technology and Women’s History at Newcomb Institute of Tulane University. She earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Fordham University, an M.A. in History from the University of San Diego, and a B.A. in History with a minor in secondary education from Loyola University New Orleans. At Newcomb Institute, Howard directs the Technology and Digital Humanities lab and several student programs related to digital humanities, information technology, and instructional technology. Howard’s teaching and research interests include examining topics about gender and race using interdisciplinary frameworks such as technology studies, digital humanities, empire, family studies, and U.S. History. Using digital and quantitative methods with historical approaches, her current manuscript project examines the family experiences of African, Indian, European, and mixed-heritage women living in the Lower French Louisiana Borderlands from 1700-1766. Howard is also a co-founding editor of the guide, Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online.
Dr Aaron Humphrey is a lecturer of media and Digital Humanities at the University of Adelaide. His academic writing has been published in The International Journal of Comic Art, The International Journal of Cultural Studies, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Media International Australia and The Comics Grid. He has published academic comics in Persona Studies, Composition Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly. He is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.
Gia Hurring is an RA and PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury. After completing her BSc in Linguistics in 2019, she went on to complete her Masters in Linguistics in July 2021, both at the University of Canterbury. Gia’s main field of research is sociophonetic analysis utilizing corpora and experimental methods. Her Masters thesis investigated vowel variation in Gloriavale – an isolated, gender-segregated, Christian community who live on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Her PhD topic involves the production and perception of social meaning on co-varying speech and gestural signals. Gia is highly involved with the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, working on various projects ranging from social priming to language documentation.
The Indigenous Data Network connects individuals, communities, organisations, institutions and academic partners, nationally and internationally, to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to decide their own local data priorities. IDN helps Indigenous communities to exercise control of the data ecosystem including creation, development, stewardship, analysis, dissemination and infrastructure using data structures that are accountable to Indigenous peoples and First Nations.
Sarah Johnston is a sound researcher, broadcaster and archivist currently employed at the University of Canterbury’s Macmillan Brown Library. In 2021 she is a recipient of funding from the New Zealand History Research Fund and the Judith Binney Trust, to research and write about the work of the New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Units, 1940-1945.
Dr Sara King is the Training and Engagement Lead at Australia’s academic and research network provider, AARNet. She has extensive experience in engagement and training, with expertise in research data and technologies in the Humanities and Social Science (HASS) research areas. Prior to eResearch she worked for almost a decade at the National Archives of Australia and a few years in a public library. She has a PhD in Migration Studies and is a little bit obsessed with the idea of knitting as a form of coding.
Kate Knox currently works as a Humanities Subject Librarian at the University of Otago. With experience working in special, secondary school, and university libraries, Kate is currently an MA/MIS student at the Victoria University of Wellington. An early career librarian, Kate has already had meaningful engagement with Digital Humanities in an academic environment. While at the University of Otago, Kate has been a part of the Digital Humanities Working Group and has contributed to the ongoing maintenance of a LibGuide dedicated to supporting the area of DH scholarly activity at Otago. Kate’s interests include using digital practices to bring historical and cultural information and artefacts to the forefront of academic teaching and research. In 2021, Kate taught into the inaugural undergraduate DH paper at Otago, working with students to introduce cultural mapping and spatial analysis concepts using NZ data. She has enjoyed engaging with Special Collections at Otago, including using social media as a tool for digital outreach.
Katya Krylova is a PhD researcher at the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. In her doctoral project, she addresses ethical issues related to the simulation of animal speech in social media and popular culture. Her research interests also include critical studies of cuteness and the representation of animals in contemporary art, film and video games. Katya’s book dedicated to ethically questionable trends of the contemporary pet market is to be published in 2022 in Russian. Katya’s background lies in curatorial practice and performance art studies. She currently lives in Seoul and works as a research curator for several cultural projects.
Marco La Rosa: Coder extraodinaire for PARADISEC (the Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures). Dr. Marco La Rosa realised whilst completing a PhD in Computational Chemistry that his passion was building tools and technology to support the research process. After a number of years building high performance computing systems to support Chemistry and Physics research (including the the Australian ATLAS Tier 2 facility connected to CERN) Marco then held various development roles across the research and archival communities to develop dissemination and visualisation tools. His work with PARADISEC has included the development of discovery and dissemination tools to support the use and re-use of the significant collection.
Chris Lam: I’m a MA candidate in English at the University of Otago, investigating the weird as a literary mode. Coming from a dialectical materialist perspective, I understand the weird as that which ruptures a previously taken-for-granted rational system (or ideology), generating an affect of estrangement in the reader, spectator, or player. As fin-de-siècle weird fiction typically engages with Enlightenment philosophies, this rupture in thought is often deconstructive, a breakdown of oppositional terms (man-woman, human-animal, mind-body) through their amalgamation into monstrous unities (hermaphrodites, chimeras, or rhizomic beings). These monsters are commonly depicted as preceding our own naturalised bodies—monstrous because they are us, as we once were, and could be again.

While monstrosity, as the categorical breakdown of bodies, is a constant of the weird (its universal form), the categories it destabilises, and to what effect, can be understood as the variations of the weird (its particular content) modulated by political and cultural anxieties and desires.

My goal for my MA is to define the weird as a intermedial technique, to investigate its transmedial mutations across narrative media (literature, cinema, video games), and to trace its shifting politics from conservatism and reaction to socialist, feminist, queer, and non-European spaces.

Birgit Lang: Associate Professor in German Language and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Birgit completed her tertiary education at the University of Vienna. She has held post-doctoral lectureships at Duke University and at the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig. Before coming to Melbourne in 2006, she spent three years teaching German language and literature at Oxford University, where she graduated from the Diploma for Teaching in Higher Education. Birgit has three key research areas: She has published widely on the cultural history of German and Austrian refugees from National Socialism and their acculturation to and impact on the English-speaking world, in particular to Australia. Her second area of expertise lies in the history of sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the German- and English-speaking worlds. Her most recent interest in translation stems from a desire to give a more nuanced narrative of knowledge dissemination across cultures.
Angel Leelasorn is a Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture student at the Australian National University. Passions include video game art, virtual heritage and linguistics. A former linguist before she took a DH arrow in the knee. Fus ro dah.
Wan Chi Leung, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication, University of Canterbury. Her research interest is in health communication, focusing on social media, public health campaigns, and social networks. Email:
Bridie Lonie:PhD Closer Relations: art, climate change, interdisciplinarity and the Anthropocene (2018). (Department of History and Art History, University of Otago)
Head of School, Dunedin school of Art, Te Maru Pūmanawa, College of Creative Practice and Enterprise, Te Kura Matatinii ki Otago, Otago Polytechnic.
Keoni Mahelona is the Chief Technical Officer of Te Hiku Media where he is a part of the team developing the Kaitiakitanga Licence. This licence seeks to balance the importance of publicly accessible data with the reality that indigenous peoples may not have access to the resources that enable them to benefit from public data. By simply opening access to data and knowledge, indigenous people could be further colonised and taken advantage of in a digital, modern world. Therefore Keoni is committed to devising data governance regimes which enable Indigenous people to reclaim and maintain sovereignty over indigenous data.
Dr. Itay Marienberg-Milikovsky is a senior lecturer in the department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and the founder of the BGU Literary Lab, which he also heads. From 2016 to 2019 he conducted post-doc research at the Interdisciplinary Center for Narratology, the University of Hamburg. His areas of expertise are Hebrew literature (with an emphasis on Talmudic literature), literary theory (with an emphasis on narratology), and computational literary studies. Most of his articles combine these three areas. His next book (his second to date), Words to Count: Computational Literary Studies in Theory and Practice, will be published in the coming months by the Open University of Israel Press, and will be the first book-length study in the digital humanities in Hebrew.
Ingrid Mason is the Project Manager of the CADRE platform development of the Australian Data Archive at the Australian National University. The CADRE project aims to develop the integrated infrastructure required to implement the 5 Safes Framework in Australian research institutions and collaborating government and private sector agencies. Ingrid has come to the ANU after having worked in national research infrastructure development (known as “eResearch”) for over a decade. Her professional expertise relates to the digital transformation of cultural heritage collecting and archiving, and humanities, arts and social science research practices, and she is a data specialist.
Paul Millar is Professor of English Literature and Digital Humanities in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts at the University of Canterbury. His research interests include the literature of Aotearoa New Zealand, Life Writing, and Cultural Heritage Digital Archiving. Paul has been involved in Digital Humanities projects and research since 1996. In 2001 he co-founded Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand Electronic Text Collection, and at UC he led the establishment of New Zealand’s first Digital Humanities teaching programme. Following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes he founded the CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive, a cultural heritage database that collects stories, images and media about the earthquakes’ impacts for the purposes of commemoration, teaching and research. His current Marsden-funded project, ‘Kōrero mai. Tell us your earthquake story’ is a longitudinal study of post-disaster narratives that seeks to better understand how retellings of dramatic experience years later crystallize narrative structure, provide multi-faceted perspectives of people’s experiences of recovery, and reveal more of how narratives of traumatic events change over time. Paul is current president of the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities (aaDH) and co-director of the UC Arts Digital Lab.
Alayne Moody is a PhD student in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. She uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine non-fiction literary forms, especially autobiographical writing. Using the tools of natural language processing, Bayesian data analysis and multilevel modeling, combined with interpretative and critical reading methods, she looks for broad patterns of human experience in narrative datasets and contextualizes these with interdisciplinary and applied research domains, such as migration studies and subjective well-being. Her previous degrees include a Master of Arts in the Digital Humanities (McGill University, 2021), a Master of Arts in Journalism (University of Nevada, Reno, 2001) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (University of Rhode Island, 1996). Outside of her doctoral program, she studies reconciliation activities in the university sector for the Tahatikonhsontóntie’ (“the faces yet to come”) Québec Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research, and she serves as a founding member of the For Our Kids Montreal climate justice organization. Previously, she worked as project manager for the digital humanities research group .txtlab at McGill University.
Nat Moore is a computer science student at Otago University. He is interested in the applications of Digital Humanities to literary criticism and theory, and previously completed a Master’s thesis in English titled: System.out.println(“Challenging the Human-Machine Divide: The Relevance of Pre-Digital Literary Criticism to Computational Poetics”);
Simon Musgrave: I am Senior Project Officer for the Language Data Commons of Australia project. I have created data in my work as a linguist, some of which is shared, and I have used data created by others and made available through various sources. But I identify mainly as a data provider, having been part of the Australian National Corpus project and now as part of LDaCA. I see my role in that community as extending to broader research communities, in that language data is a basis for research across a wide range of disciplines, and making well-described language data in standard formats widely available is an important contribution to a diverse community of researchers. Given the nature of much language data, I am also an advocate for improving practices around data sovereignty. Finally, I see the development of digital research infrastructure as being tied to improving research practice in the humanities, particularly in regard to accountability.
Kit Nelson is a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Fixations include, but not limited to: indigenous cultural heritage, photogrammetry and making things less tangible.
Dr Diana Newport-Peace is a research fellow at Flinders University in South Australia. Her research interests include literature and discourse analysis, language teacher training and humanities education for the future of work. She has experience in research policy development, strategic planning and project management in UK and Australian higher education settings.
Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary experimentation into the ways digital technologies can be used to support and diversify research in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) and in relation to public culture (including Web Science, and the GLAM sector). She is a CI on two ARC funded projects (Nyingarn: a platform for primary sources in Australian Indigenous languages, led by University of Melbourne, and Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment, led by University of Western Sydney), both as a Linked Data methodologist. Terhi is a Research Fellow (2019-2021) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA; a member of the Territory Records Advisory Council, Territory Records Office, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government; a Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Champion (2018) of the Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL) at eResearch South Australia; a member of the Steering Committee for Linked Pasts (an international colloquium); and Chair of the Advisory Board for Conductive Music (a not-for-profit in the UK). In 2020, Terhi won the British Library Labs Digital Collections Competition (Education category) for her collaboration with the British Library in the context of student-driven, project-based pedagogy. Her book “Linked Data for the Digital Humanities” is under contract with Routledge, and due to come out in 2022. She’s currently working on a joint Linked Data project, Liberal Sydney, investigating the development of liberalism in the Australian political landscape.
Rhys Owen (Te Rarawa) is Kairangahau – Research Fellow at Wai-te-ata Press, Te Whare Tā O Wai-te-ata, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. Rhys specialises in software engineering, knowledge representation, and cultural analytics.
Urszula Pawlicka-Deger is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at King’s Digital Lab at King’s College London. Her academic research is focused on the intersections between technology, infrastructure, and knowledge. She’s currently conducting an ethnography of digital humanities laboratories combined with a critical analysis of infrastructure. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, a Fulbright scholar at Washington State University Vancouver, and a fellow at Stony Brook University, King’s College London and the University of Birmingham. She is a member of the Critical Infrastructure Studies collective and on the Executive Board of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, a Special Interest Group of ADHO. She is an editor of the Digital Humanities Quarterly special issue “Lab and Slack. Situated Research Practices in Digital Humanities” (2020, 14.3), and a book collection of “Digital Humanities and Laboratories” (under contract with Routledge).
Dr Linda Pearce is a registered architect with research interests in architectural sociology, adaptive reuse of buildings, and human environments design. Currently she is a lecturer in Interior Architecture at the University of South Australia where she teaches research and design processes to senior undergraduate years. Her misspent youth in telecommunications engineering and management consulting means she can work at the intersection of HASS and STEM, appreciate their different knowledge paradigms and exploit the benefits of both for advanced design situated in complex cultures.
Finn Petrie is an interdisciplinary artist. He completed an honours degree in computer science and mathematics, before progressing to a Masters of Visual Arts. His work incorporates a multiplicity of materials and mediums. He is primarily concerned with ways of making with non-humans, and the agency that is borne out of the contact between technologies and non-humans. In this way, he questions post-human relationalities, and speculates on what might be a responsible use of technology.
Rere-No-A-Rangi Pope (Ngāruahine) has a Masters in Software Development focusing on data engineering and the intersection of cultural heritage and digital technologies. His research interests range from Māori data sovereignty and semantic engineering to using data to tell stories.
Jedidiah Reardon, is a postgraduate student enrolled in the Masters in Digital Humanities and Public Culture at the Australian National University (ANU). Jedidah’s interests include all things parliament, health policy, communications policy, and text analysis on Hansard (she can often be found trolling Terhi on Slack)
Pikihuia Reihana
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Ko wai au? I noho ana au kei raro o ngā maunga teitei ko Hikurangi, ko Te Awaputahi, ko Te Tapuae o Uenuku, ko Aoraki. He uri au no Ngāti Kahu, ko Ngāti Hine, ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Rangitāne, ko Ngāi Tahu. Kei konei au. Ko Pikihuia Reihana tōku ingoa.

Pikihuia Reihana is an Information Management PhD researcher at VUW; a SfTI Scholarship-Māori recipient; researcher on a SfTI spearhead Māori data analytics kaupapa reconnecting whānau to whenua; senior business analyst-Māori working in the public sector; technician to the Data-iwi Leaders Group and former kaiwhakahaere-matauranga of Rangitāne o Wairau. Her interest is a continuance of rangahau kaupapa Māori in and out of the workplace as well as growing matatau raraunga Māori, Māori data literacy. Her PhD research and metaphorical maunga is grounded in Māori data and its source of strength such as Māori thriving as translators of the metaphorical; Māori thriving when they whakaaro Māori; and Māori as storytellers within their own context.

Alexander Ritchie (pākehā) currently works as the Special Collections Subject Librarian at the University of Otago Library in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand. Alexander has worked in tertiary and research libraries since 2005, including as a Subject Librarian in the humanities and in sciences, and as a Library Assistant at Hocken Collections | Te Uare Taoka o Hākena. Always fascinated by the productive tensions between the digital and the artefactual, he has participated in projects to connect researchers and support the growth of Digital Humanities research and teaching at the University of Otago. This year, he taught into the inaugural undergraduate DH paper at Otago, working with students to introduce cultural mapping and spatial analysis concepts using NZ data. His praxis sits at the intersecting edges of public GLAM institutions and ‘their’ communities, teaching and learning, ethical openness and cultural ‘data’, and indigenous sovereignty and tau iwi decolonisation. He is yet to master the art of writing about himself in the third person.
Daniel Russo-Batterham: From 2011 to 2013, Dr Daniel Russo-Batterham worked as a researcher at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France, while completing a Master of Music. In April 2018, he graduated from his PhD at the University of Melbourne where he used computational methods to examine seventeenth-century lute songs, with a particular focus on the relationship between text and music. Since graduating, Daniel has worked on Digital Humanities projects across Australia and abroad. He has a background in python, data wrangling, relational database design, web scraping, quantitative methods, natural language processing, and a broad range of approaches to visualisation. He is currently working in the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform, a transdisciplinary workforce that collaborates with researchers to enhance data-intensive research.
John Charles Ryan is Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University, Australia, and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Nulungu Institute, Notre Dame University, Australia. His research focuses on Aboriginal Australian literature, Southeast Asian ecocriticism, environmental humanities, ecopoetics and critical plant studies. His recent publications include Introduction to the Environmental Humanities (2021, authored with J. Andrew Hubbell), The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence (2021, edited with Monica Gagliano and Patrícia Vieira) and Nationalism in India: Texts and Contexts (2021, edited with Debajyoti Biswas). From November to December 2021, he is Visiting Professor of Literary Theory and Methodology at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
April Salchert received her PhD at the University of Otago. Her dissertation, Gaming for Empathy: Encounters with the Other in Digital Narratives, is a critical examination of four digital narratives that portrayed characters that represent marginalized communities. Her research reveals that narratives in digital media can address the long-standing ethical challenge of representation of the Other and overcome other obstacles that emerge on the pathway to fostering empathy for the Other. She concludes that there is a lack of player awareness of the power of these narratives, and that this awareness could potentially be accomplished by fostering critical understanding of representations within digital media and encouraging shared experiences between players. She suggests that—just as with works of literature—there is value in integrating the study of videogames in the curriculums of primary and secondary education. April completed her M.A. in English Literature at Uppsala University and B.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Research interests include digital narratives, game studies, philosophy, ethics, gender studies, and the digital humanities.
Dineke Schokkin is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Canterbury. She received her PhD in 2014 from James Cook University, Australia; her thesis consisted of a comprehensive reference grammar of Paluai, an Oceanic language spoken on Baluan Island in Papua New Guinea. Following this, she worked with speakers of Idi, spoken in Western Province, PNG, as part of the ARC Laureate project “The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity” at the Australian National University. Dineke is interested in the intersection between language documentation and sociolinguistics, and how these two fields can learn from each other. The widely differing social contexts in which smaller languages are spoken form a crucial addition to the empirical basis of theories of language variation and change. Vice versa, Dineke explores how inter- and intra-speaker variation, and speakers’ multilingual and multidialectal practices, can be more accurately reflected and done justice in language descriptions.
Dr. Nabeel Siddiqui is a scholar of digital humanities, the history of information science, new media rhetoric, and science and technology studies. He holds a PhD in American Studies from William and Mary and is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Susquehanna University. In the past, he has held fellowships from the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory and Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Currently, he is completing a manuscript entitled Byting Out the Public: Personal Computers and the Private Sphere, which analyzes the the personal computer’s domestication in America during the 1970s and 1980. In addition to his more “traditional” scholarly pursuits, he has worked on numerous digital humanities projects centered on large scale text analysis, data visualization, virtual reality, GIS, and alternative publishing paradigms.
Sydney Shepis co-PI for the SfTI Spearhead Te Tātari Raraunga, bringing to the project a depth of humanistic thinking and commitment to Te Ao Māori.
Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections. Tim has worked across the cultural heritage sector and has been developing online resources relating to libraries, archives, museums and history since 1993. He’s currently Associate Professor of Digital Heritage in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. You can find him at or as @wragge on Twitter.
Vicki Smith makes artworks that navigate the permeability between visual and virtual, weaving science, the environment and traditional practices into individual work and collaborations. She develops and produces projects that enhance and support collaborative communities of practice engaging creative ways to encourage care and protection for our environment.
James Smithies is Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. He was previously founding director of King’s Digital Lab and Deputy Director of King’s eResearch. Before working at King’s James worked at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Associate Director of the UC CEISMIC earthquake archive. He has also worked in the government and commercial IT sector in the UK and New Zealand, as a technical writer and editor, business analyst, and project manager. His approach to DH is presented in The Digital Humanities and the Digital Modern (2017). Recent projects include the Critical Infrastructure Studies Collective, and the MaDiH project that mapped digital cultural heritage infrastructure in Jordan.
Ursula Standring Bellugue (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Pākehā) is currently an English honours student at the University of Otago. Her area of study involves a crossover of game studies and religious studies. This year she completed her honours dissertation, titled “They Who Play to Pray: Video Games, Ritual, and Meaningful Play,” which explores the intersections of religious ritual and video games. She has also been working with Ōtepoti Games Company as a writer and production assistant on the game Pae Moana, which involves both Māori culture and te reo Māori.
Tyne Daile Sumner is a researcher and teacher in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include poetry, surveillance studies, digital humanities, cultural data, and digital ethics. She has worked on a range of HASS infrastructure projects and, more recently, as a digital strategy advisor at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow on two projects: Literature and the Face: A Critical History and The Australian Cultural Data Engine. Her first monograph is Lyric Eye: The Poetics of Twentieth-Century Surveillance (Routledge 2021).
Dr Edoardo Tescari is a Senior Research Data Specialist at the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP).
Assoc.Prof. Nick Thieberger has worked with Australian languages and with Nafsan, a language from Efate, Vanuatu. He helped establish the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures ( in 2003, a digital archive of mainly audio language records, and is now its Director. He leads the ARC LIEF project Nyingarn, a platform of primary sources in Australian languages. He is working on methods for creating reusable records from fieldwork on previously unrecorded languages. Based at the University of Melbourne, he is a CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.
Sarah Thomasson is Lecturer in Theatre at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She writes on contemporary theatre and performance practices with a focus on international arts festivals and their fringes. Her monograph, The Festival Cities of Edinburgh and Adelaide, is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. She is co-Primary Investigator, with Dr James Wenley, of the ‘Building Global Relationships for Live Performing Arts Databases’ project (2021-23).
Christopher Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Canterbury. His research is about the implications of digitisation and computational methods in the humanities, particularly literature, with a current focus on the relationship between new materialism and the admixture of quantitative and qualitative approaches inherent in digital humanities.
Alexis Tindall joined the University of Adelaide Library as Manager, Digital Innovation in April 2020. In this role she is improving University Library support for researchers interested in conducting data-enabled humanities and related research, through a mix of programming, direct support, strategic communication and improved processes. Prior to that she worked with the ARDC and eRSA to support data-enabled humanities, arts and social sciences research, delivering strategic projects and training around data and research infrastructure. She has extensive project management experience in diverse environments. Before joining the eResearch community, she worked in natural history and social history museums, and is passionate about digitisation, open scholarship and improving digital access to GLAM collections and research data.
Dr Robert Turnbull is a Research Data Specialist at the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP) which is part of the Petascale Campus Initiative at the University of Melbourne. Robert’s PhD is a study of a family of Arabic manuscripts of the Gospels.
Brandon Walsh is Head of Student Programs in the Scholars’ Lab in the University of Virginia Library. Prior to that, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow in the Washington and Lee University Library. He received his PhD and MA from the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where he also held fellowships in the Scholars’ Lab and acted as Project Manager of NINES. When acting as a literary scholar, he examines modern and contemporary literature and culture through the lenses of sound studies and digital humanities. However, his primary research focuses on digital humanities pedagogy, looking at the ways it can reflect and enact infrastructural change in higher education. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. He is a regular instructor at HILT, and he has work published or forthcoming with Programming Historian, Insights, the #DLFteach Toolkit 1.0, Pedagogy, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, among others.
Ted Whitaker is an artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. He graduated from the Dunedin School of Art (MFA) in 2016. Recent exhibitions include; Oceans turn to goo, Toi Pōneke, 2020; Running in the Background, Te Tuhi, 2019; and Small Vision Playback, I: project space, Beijing, 2018. Ted has been an artist in residence at I: project space, Beijing and Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin.