MemberKatherine Hummel

I am a Ph.D. candidate in English Language and Literature and a certificate student in the Science, Technology, and Society program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My research interests include postcolonial studies, the environmental humanities, critical infrastructure studies, and environmental ethics. My dissertation, Ecologies of Infrastructure in Contemporary Postcolonial Literatures, seeks to incorporate the recent “infrastructural turn” from the social sciences into literary studies by examining infrastructure as an object that links together the historical spatial logics of colonial regimes with contemporary environmental issues, including resource scarcity, extractive industries, and nuclear proliferation. My project takes a comparative approach to West African and South Asian Anglophone novels published after 1989, and argues that a more robust attention to genre can help literary studies of infrastructure move beyond questions of representation. At Michigan, I teach introductory courses on writing, literature, and the environmental humanities.

MemberMargaret Vickery

…utledge, Forthcoming) Spring 2021
“Productive Landscapes Past and Future: Renewable Energy Technologies in Design Pedagogy” in Landscape Journal, forthcoming, co-authored with Carolina Aragon, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst
The Art of Infrastructure: Re-Imagining the Productive Landscape in the 21st Century
(Bloomsbury Press, London. 2019)
 (Oro Publications, forthcoming) Summer 2020
“Greening the Valley: Sustainable Architecture in the Pion…

Margaret Birney Vickery is an architectural historian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her interest include the history of women in architecture and sustainable approaches to infrastructure design.

MemberPatrick Hart

I currently divide my time equally between two roles. I am a Research Fellow with COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs), an international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures to enable open access book publishing to flourish. I also work as a curator at the National Library of Scotland, with particular responsibility for Scottish Communities and Organisations. I am also the founder and one of the current editors of the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, a member of the Radical Open Access Collective.

MemberMateusz Fafinski

I am a historian of Late Antique and Early Medieval West with a particular interest in the use of Roman legacy as a governance resource. In the past I have worked on travel and trade in Early Medieval Northern Sea basin, as well as literary reception of classical archetypes in British literature. Now my main project investigates the use of Roman assets (especially infrastructural ones) as governance resources in Late Antique and early Anglo-Saxon Britain; the social impact as well as the role that the Roman infrastructure played in the Early Medieval economy and politics of the island make it a important but also rarely problematized topic. I also work extensively in the area of Digital Humanities, exploring spatial presentation of written sources.

MemberUrszula Pawlicka-Deger

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Media at Aalto University, Finland. I am also part of the Research Data Management team at Aalto where I support data management in the School School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. My postdoctoral research is devoted to infrastructural transformations in the humanities with a focus on the epistemology of a laboratory. This study lies at the intersection of digital humanities and infrastructure studies. I was a Fulbright scholar in the Creative Media and Digital Culture at Washington State University Vancouver, US (2014-2015) and a visiting researcher in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, US (2015-2016). During my postdoc, I was awarded the Willard McCarty Fellowship at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, UK (2019), where I was also a keynote speaker for the event “Humanities Laboratories: Critical Infrastructures and Knowledge Experiments” organized in conjunction with the Critical Infrastructure Studies Initiative. In addition, I was awarded the Vanguard Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK (2019), where I organized together with Dr Julia P. Myatt the “Rebuilding Laboratories” workshop to initiate the interdisciplinary discussion on labs from the perspective of digital humanities, science and technology studies, and natural science. Currently, I am co-editing a special issue of “Digital Humanities Quarterly” on the topic of situated research practices in digital humanities. Besides, I am a member of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) Translation Board and the Europeana Network Association.

MemberJina Kim

I am currently a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellow in the program in Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College. In Fall 2018, I will be Assistant Professor of English and SWG (Study of Women and Gender) at Smith College. I received my PhD in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the summer of 2016, and my BA in Studio Art and English from Agnes Scott College in 2007. My research lies at the intersection of critical disability studies, contemporary multi-ethnic US literature, and women of color feminisms. I am at work on a manuscript titled Anatomy of the City: Race, Infrastructure, and US Fictions of Dependency, which examines how multi-ethnic U.S. literatures situated in post-Reagan cities recuperate the maligned condition of public dependency. Drawing together ethnic literary, feminist disability, women of color feminist, and urban sociological studies, it re-conceptualizes the pathologized cityscape disabled by anti-welfare policy, and positions dependency as an underexplored yet vital analytic for ethnic American cultural critique. Attending to infrastructure as thematic, formal, and analytic concern, I argue that writers, artists, and activists like Karen Tei Yamashita, Helena María Viramontes, Toni Cade Bambara, Anna Deavere Smith, and Grace Lee Boggs salvage dependency by highlighting public support systems: healthcare, transportation, education, sanitation, and food welfare. In doing so, they emphasize our contingency on human and material infrastructures alike—the often-obscured pipes, wires, roads, and labor networks that regulate metropolitan life. Through their engagement with infrastructural support, the texts in my study register, contest, or overwrite dominant rhetorics of dependency, which selectively equate racialized and gendered deviance with state parasitism (i.e. the “illegal” migrant, the welfare queen). City infrastructure, in the literary-cultural afterlife of 1996 U.S. welfare reform, operates as a figure of condensation for a counter-discourse of dependency—one that documents the disabling violence of state divestment while foregrounding a public ethics of care. My work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, the anthology Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. In 2012, I received the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies.

MemberPierre Mounier

Pierre Mounier is deputy director of OpenEdition, a comprehensive infrastructure based in France for open access publication and communication in the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition offers several platforms for journals, scientific announcements, academic blogs, and, finally, books, in different languages and from different countries. Pierre teaches digital humanities at the EHESS in Paris. He has published several books about the social and political impact of ICT (Les Maîtres du Réseau, les enjeux politiques d’Internet 2001), digital publishing (L’Edition électronique, with Marin Dacos, 2010) and digital humanities (Read/Write Book 2, Une introduction aux humanités numériques, 2012). As deputy director of OpenEdition, Pierre Mounier’s work mainly revolves around the development of an internationalisation strategy for the infrastructure, in particular by establishing partnerships with platforms and institutions in Europe and elsewhere . To further this objective, he regularly participates in international conferences and seminars to present OpenEdition’s programmes and discuss subjects relating to digital humanities and open access. Pierre Mounier is one of the coordinators of OPËRAS, the european infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the social sciences and the humanities and is, with Eelco Ferwerda, co-director of the Directory of Open Access Books.

MemberJane Winters

…tish Academy Research and Higher Education Policy Committee
Data Science and Digital Humanities Special Interest Group at the Turing Institute
Royal Historical Society Council member, and Chair of RHS Digital Committee
UNESCO UK Memory of the World Committee
Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials European network
Academic Steering and Advocacy Committee, Open Library of the Humanities
Advisory Board, European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Advisory Board
Advisory Board, History of Parliament Trust

‘Learned societies, humanities publications, and scholarly communications in the UK’, in Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access, ed. Martin P. Eve and Jonathan Gray (MIT Press, forthcoming, 2020).
‘Giving with one hand, taking with the other: e-legal deposit, web archives and researcher access’, in Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future, ed. Paul Gooding and Melissa Terras (London: Facet Publishing, forthcoming, December 2019).
[with Andrew P…

In my role as Professor of Digital Humanities & Pro-Dean for Libraries and Digital, I’m responsible for developing DH at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. I’ve led or co-directed a range of digital projects, including most recently Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities. I’m a Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the Advisory Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Advisory Board of Cambridge Digital Humanities, and the UK UNESCO Memory of the World Committee.

MemberSusan Grunewald

I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. My dissertation examines German prisoners of war in the Soviet Union from 1941-1956. I am interested in how they were treated, why they were held for so long, and their role in the Soviet forced labor economy. To access their labor contribution, I digitally map the camp locations with regards to resources and infrastructure developments with the program ArcGIS. The role of the POWs in the early stages of the Cold War is also a major part of my research.