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MVP-Sponsored Bloomsday Lecture

Copyright: Gisele Freund, <a href="">IMEC PARIS</a>. Courtesy University of Victoria Special Collections
Copyright: Gisele Freund, IMEC PARIS. Courtesy University of Victoria Special Collections


Paris to Victoria: Exhibit of rare photos (PDF)

For the first time in Canada, British Columbians have an opportunity to view a rare collection of photographs of James Joyce in Paris taken in 1938 by the young Franco-German photographer Gisèle Freund.

According to UVic Joyce scholar Dr. J. Matthew Huculak, “James Joyce loved Paris—it was his spiritual home—but he absolutely hated being photographed. In 1938, Freund convinced Joyce to let her take a series of photographs that would become famous around the world. The result was the only colour photographs of Joyce ever taken – one which was chosen as the cover of Time Magazine in 1939.”

  • What: “Paris to Victoria: a Photographic Exhibition of GiseÌ€le Freund’s Paris”
  • When: June 16 to July 1, Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Room A003, McPherson Library Special Collections Reading Room, UVic

The exhibition is a joint project of the UVic Libraries, the Department of English, the Modernist Versions Project and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

UVic is accessible by sustainable travel options including transit and cycling. For those arriving by car, pay parking is in effect. Evening parking is $2.50. Parking info and campus maps:

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Media contacts:

  • Dr. J. Matthew Huculak (Department of English) at 250-217-0063 or
  • Susan Henderson (Library Communications) at 250-853-3612 or
  • Tara Sharpe (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6248 or

Presenting Big Modernism

These are the slides from a Brown Bag Lecture given by Belaid Moa (Compute Canada) and myself at the University of Victoria, April 2014. In the presentation we addressed computer-assisted methods for analyzing modernist literature as Big Data and revealed our preliminary results. For a longer blog post see Making Models of Modernism.

Digital Modernists Feast

The Digital Modernists Feast held during DHSI2014 was a huge success, with over 30 scholars, librarians, students, and researchers working in modernism and digital humanities converging on The Local Kitchen in downtown Victoria for good food, abundant beer, and a whole tonne of funne (Canadian sp., right?).

A hearty thanks go out to everyone who came out, and those who sent their regrets (you missed the best time!). The SSHRC-funded Linked Modernisms initiative sponsored the event, billed as a crucial first step in creating linked modernisms: linking modernists.

Thanks again, everyone. We hope to reconvene as many as can make it at the MSA conference in Pittsburgh in November.

Gifford and Ross win SEED Grant

The MVP is proud to announce that co-directors James Gifford and Stephen Ross were awarded the University Provost’s SEED Grant at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver Campus. Tenable for 2014-2015, the grant funds three undergraduate student research assistants, new book scanning equipment, two training sessions in Vancouver and Victoria, and travel to the conference of the Modernist Studies Association. The first task to be undertaken with the funding is a full digital edition of the 1890 and 1891 variant editions of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Stay tuned…

Big Modernism Presentation

Come and hear Belaid Moa (Compute Canada) and Jana Millar Usiskin present on “Big Modernism” on Tuesday 8 April — the Day of DH itself! — in ECS 104 at the University of Victoria.

Making Modernism Big

This semester, with the Modernist Versions Project (MVP) and Maker Lab in the Humanities, I have been creating a repository of modernist texts for the purposes of text analysis and machine learning. The scope of this project requires a powerful infrastructure, including hardware, software, and technical support, provided in part by Compute Canada, a high performance computing resource platform for universities and institutions across Canada. Last semester was spent aggregating a significant number of modernist texts (in TXT format) and learning the affordances of computer vision. The goal is to mobilize machine learning techniques to infer as yet unseen patterns across modernism. We hope that scripts written in collaboration with Compute Canada will allow us to be comprehensive and equitable in our articulation of modernism.

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