Dr. Chad Gaffield, historian and president of SSHRC, visited McGill this week to give the 2012 McGill Digital Humanities Lecture. Dr. Gaffield’s work on the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project and his digital scholarship earned him the inaugural Zampolli Prize from the Association of Digital Humanities Organizations at DH2010 in Stanford California. We were very happy that Dr. Gaffield was able to offer his address ” in which he outlined not only the problems facing humanities scholarship, but also how the digital presents means for addressing and as his title suggests reconfiguring how humanists, and others, approach core issues of methodology, pedagogy and theory in their work.
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The lecture, sponsored by the Faculties of Arts and Music, and hosted in the New Music Building’s Tanna Schulich Hall was attended by some 80 scholars, students, and members of the public from the Montreal area. Dr. Rose Goldstein welcomed Dr. Gaffield on behalf of the university, while Stefan Sinclair hosted Dr. Gaffield on behalf of McGill Digital Humanities. The lecture also gave the McGill DH community a chance to celebrate the announcement of successful grants in the latest round of the Digging into Data challenge with one of the members of the winning team and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for music, Dr. Julie Cumming representing the Schulich School of Music.