Raymond G. Siemens

Distinguished Professor
Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing (2004-15)

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Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria

PO Box 3070 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3W1

siemens@uvic.ca | Clearihue C315 and B043b | P: (250) 721-7255 | F: (250) 721-6498


A leader of collaborative, transformative, interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy, Dr. Raymond Siemens is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English with cross appointment in Computer Science, appointed also 2004-15 as Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing.

Siemens is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for English Studies London (2005, 2008) as well as Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam U (2004-11), Ritsumeikan U Kyoto (2010), New York U (2013), U Passau (2014), U Tokyo (2014), and Western Sydney U (2015); in 2017-18, he is Visiting Professor at Western Sydney U.

The editor of several Renaissance texts, Siemens is also the founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies. He has authored numerous articles on the intersection of literary studies and computational methods and is the co-editor of several book collections on humanities computing topics, among them Blackwell's Companion to Digital Humanities (with Susan Schreibman and John Unsworth), the Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Susan Schreibman), and MLA's Literary Studies in the Digital Age (with Ken Price).

Siemens' larger research projects focus on the electronic book, textual-editorial intervention, on-line publishing, human-computer interaction, and interface in the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project he directs, and in initiatives building on the TAPoR and Synergies groups and the Public Knowledge Project, and work on digital humanities communities and teams.

His current literary studies work centres on two early Tudor manuscript miscellanies, the Henry VIII Manuscript (BL Add Ms 31922), and the Devonshire Manuscript (BL Add Ms 17492), the latter in the context of social scholarly editing.

In 2014, Siemens received the Alliance of Digital Humanities' Organisations Antonio Zampolli Prize for outstanding accomplishment; in 2009, he received the U Victoria Humanities Award for Research Excellence and, from U Waterloo, the Arts in Academics Alumni Achievement award (2008). His research has been supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Social Science and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Killam Trust, the Canada Research Chairs program, the MITACS program, the Mellon Foundation, and others.

The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) he directs acts as an intellectual centre for the activities of some twenty local faculty, staff, and students as well as visiting scholars who work closely with research centres, libraries, academic departments, and projects locally and in the larger community, while also serving as academic home to a number of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and academic staff. The SSHRC-funded Major Collaboration Research Initiative INKE project and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Siemens directs are based in ETCL.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, and local service, Siemens serves as member of the governing council to the Social Science and Humanities Research Coucil. Recently, he served as Vice-President / Director (Research Dissemination) of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions, Chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, President (English) of the Society for Digital Humanities/Societe pour l'etude des medias interactifs (SDH/SEMI), Chair of the MLA Committee on Information Technology and the MLA Discussion Group on Computers in Language and Literature, and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities Innovation. He also serves and has served in administrative, steering committee and board advisory capacities for the International Association of University Professors of English, Iter, the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, Gale, Canadiana.org, Compute Canada, CenterNet, Records of Early English Drama, the Renaissance English Text Society, the Text Creation Partnership, SSHRC, and others.

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2008-present, related to the INKE Research Group