Library & Research
Dr. Elizabeth C. Miller will be presenting her talk “Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture” in Special Collections and Rare Books on Friday, February 10, as part of the Print Culture Speakers Series. Dr. Miller’s talk will reference items from the Library’s Robert Coupe Collection of works by and about William Morris.
This talk situates William Morris within a flourishing, late-nineteenth-century radical print culture that Miller terms “slow print” due to its purposeful rejection of the strategies of mass print production. While Morris’s work as editor for the Socialist League’s newspaper Commonweal in the 1880s has sometimes been considered at odds with his founding of the Kelmscott Press in the 1890s, the two print adventures are united by a shared goal to reclaim the means of print production from a newly consolidated late-Victorian mass print industry.
Simon Fraser University’s outstanding Morris collection, inclusive of radical ephemera as well as Kelmscott volumes and other examples of fine printing, will be on display in conjunction with the talk so the audience can examine the works for themselves.
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Dr. Elizabeth Miller is professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of numerous articles and essays on Victorian print culture, radical politics in 19th century England, Oscar Wilde, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and more recently ecocriticism and Victorian studies. Dr. Miller’s first book, Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan, 2008) examined late Victorian crime narratives to understand the figure of the glamorous New Woman criminal.
In Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), Miller explored Britain’s radical press from 1880-1910; Slow Print won the award for best book of the year from the North American Victorian Studies Association and was an honorable mention for the 2014 Modernist Studies Association best book prize. Her newest work is on ecology and capital in 19th century British literature and culture.
This talk will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at W.A.C. Bennett Library [SFU Burnaby], Special Collections and Rare Books, Room 7100.
Free event, no registration required.
SFU Special Collections and Rare Books is pleased to announce the Robert R. Reid: “Allied Arts” Affirmative exhibition produced by the CAUSA Research Curators, and located on the 3rd floor and 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) from January–March 2017.
A fifth generation Canadian (b.1927), Robert R. Reid, at age 14, taught himself to operate a ‘hand press’ –so as to channel his absorbing interest in the practicalities of letterpress printing. His subsequent association with architects, landscape designers, poets, graphic artists (and editors for magazines and journals) has become emblematic of a post-WWII ‘Allied Arts’ Movement in Canada. In 1962, he became the first ‘design practitioner’ to be awarded a Canada Council Visual Arts Award.
Join SFU Library on February 2, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 pm for a curators talk and reception in Special Collections, Room 7100, W.A.C. Bennett Library.
The Robert R. Reid: “Allied Arts” Affirmative exhibition presents an assemblage of documents generated between 1949 and 2017. Components of the present exhibition will be intermittently replaced (and/or rearranged), in order to maximize the scope of an exploratory curatorial initiative.
Join SFU Library for a lunchtime poetry reading in Special Collections on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Room 7100, 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, BC.
Stephen Collis’s most recent, and seventh, book of poetry is Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016). Currently he is visiting and writing about poet Phyllis Webb. He lives on Coast Salish Territories and teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University.
Juliane Okot Bitek was born in Kenya to Ugandan exiles and now lives in Vancouver. A teacher and UBC doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, she is also an essayist and poet whose work has been anthologized and published widely in literary magazines, online and in print. Her powerful and critically praised book of poems responding to the Rwandan genocide, 100 Days, was recently published by University of Alberta Press.
The upcoming Digital Student Showcase features papers and demonstrations by more than twenty students from SFU and UVic on their work with Digital Humanities tools, theories and methods. A draft of the programme may be viewed here. The event is sponsored by the SFU-UVic Digital Pedagogy Network.
Where: Room 1410 of the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre (500 Granville Street)
When: January 26, 2017 from 9:15AM to 3:15PM
You are invited to attend all or part of the day. Please RSVP to Deanna Fong: deannaf AT sfu DOT ca
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Propose a digital research project – deadline January 15th!
This Intermediate Podcasting workshop is the first workshop of the new year hosted by SFU Research Commons and the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab and follows the successful introductory workshop on Podcasting for Scholarly Communication held in the fall. Led by Hannah McGregor (Assistant Professor, Publishing @ SFU), this workshop will move beyond the basics of recording and editing audio to discuss creating an audio brand, publishing your podcast, and social media engagement. Activities will include building episodes from interviews, using music and sound effects to create a distinct audio palette, and using different platforms to maximize your online reach. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of audio they’re already planning to work with. Attendance is limited to 21 participants, so please register early to reserve your place.
Whether you use Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or WordPress, how you share your stories is just as important as what you share. This workshop offers a brief introduction into the theory and practices behind digital storytelling and provides participants with the opportunity to build their own story, using Twine, open source, interactive storytelling software. Via examples and hands-on instruction, participants will leave with a better understanding of digital storytelling as a genre and a short poem of their own to publish to the web. This workshop will be led by Dr. David Gaertner (Assistant Professor, UBC First Nations & Indigenous Studies Program) and will feature research presentations by Dr. Gaertner and Simone Hausknecht (PhD student. SFU Education). The workshop will be held at SFU’s downtown Harbour Centre campus, and is open to graduate students, faculty, and staff at SFU, UVic, and UBC. Participation is free, but registration is required.
WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 1800 (SFU Harbour Centre)
Fee: Free (to reserve a seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Generative art” is a blanket term for any creative work produced in part through programmatic or algorithmic means. “Playful generative art” makes use of highly technical disciplines—computer programming, statistics, graphic design, and artificial intelligence—to produce chat bots, digital poetry, visual art, and even computer-generated “novels.” These pieces may be motivated by serious social or political issues, but the expressions are decidedly unserious, often short-lived or quickly composed. Creators working in this medium are rarely artists first—as programmers, designers, game developers, and linguists, they use the tools of their trade in unexpected and delightful ways. Generative art also has much to teach us about issues at the intersection of ethics and technology: what is the role of the artist in a human/machine collaboration; what is our responsibility when we design programs that talk with real people; how do we curate and study ephemeral digital works? Digital artists, writers, technologists, and anyone interested in media studies are invited to attend.
Liza Daly is a software engineer and occasional corporate executive who lives in Boston. She is currently focusing on providing technical assistance to non-profits that work to uphold civil rights and protect vulnerable populations. Her personal projects revolve around digital art, interactive narrative, and digital publishing. Formerly she was CTO at Safari and prior to that, founded a digital publishing company called Threepress, which Safari acquired. Her new company is World Writable. She has been quoted about “Digital Detox” and the effects of the iPad on reading (NYT, 2010), ebooks in the cloud (Wired, 2011), and on strategies to help introverts network (FastCompany, 2015). Liza has presented about great engineering teams and digital publishing. She wrote a short book on Next-Generation Web Frameworks in Python (O’Reilly, 2007), which, she says, is “out of date so please don’t read it”.
Dr. Sara Humphreys is currently building a “gamified” academic edition of an Indigenous text that reconfigures the colonial practices endemic to academic publishing and editing. This scholarly game edition offers an alternative to often exclusionary academic publishing standards, by creating an interactive edition of Mourning Dove’s Cogewea (1927). This edition of Cogewea (1927) uses digital gaming affordances and protocols, which break from the Eurocentric forms of editing and publishing that stifle or even silence the Okanagan knowledge systems crucial to the novel. She is building this edition using Twine, a digital storytelling platform, which is open access and offers opportunities to tell stories (even archival stories) beyond traditional print and publishing conventions. This digital edition challenges the western educated reader to move beyond the conventions of academic texts and engage with Cogewea in ways that empower and privilege Indigenous knowledge.
Would you like to “play” this digital edition and help to develop this project? Dr. Humphreys will provide guidance on using Twine and give you the opportunity to build the edition and also develop your own sections of the edition. No previous experience with digital gaming, development, or scholarly editing is required.
SFU Library has announced Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts as the next pick for One Book One SFU.
The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of ‘autotheory’ offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author’s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes the author’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
“Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation.” —The Guardian
Join the library for an evening of reading and conversation with Maggie Nelson and local author Amber Dawn as they discuss Nelson’s powerful and genre-bending memoir on January 26, 2017 at 7pm.
Join the SFU Library for a talk by Miriam Nichols on writing Robin Blaser’s biography on Thursday, November 10.
Dr. Miriam Nichols is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of the Fraser Valley where she teaches modernism, American and Canadian literature, and literary theory. She is an alumnus of SFU English (BA, Hons & M.A.) and received her PhD. from York University.
This event is free to attend. Refreshments will be served.