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Lightning Lunch: Multilingual Digital Humanities

University of Toronto's Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is offering a new Lightning Lunches series, and we are starting off this academic year with the theme of Multilingual DH running on September 15 from 12:00-1:00 PM.

Lightning Lunches are panels of three DH scholars speaking on a theme over lunch. Our first meeting has Prof Elise K. Burton (Assistant Professor, Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology, and Lexicon of Science in Asia), Prof. Kate Holland (Associate Professor of Russian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Digital Dostoevsky), and Ian Turner (PhD Candidate, Department of Religion, and Newar self-publishing) speaking on Multilingual DH. 

Digital Humanities technologies and methodologies often assume that one is working in the English language and are rarely suited to deal with multiple languages, scripts, and book structures. What are some of the challenges scholars working outside the English language and in multiple languages face? How can we work to make these technologies and methodologies more inclusive? Join our speakers as they discuss their DH research in Russian, Newar, and across Asian languages. 

Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, our Lightning Lunches will be held online for the fall semester. To attend, register at this Zoom link.


Please note that the University of Toronto is under censure from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for its decision to terminate the hiring of Dr. Valentina Azarova as the director of the Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP). More details of the censure can be found here. The CDHI supports CAUT’s censure and calls on the University of Toronto administration to uphold standards of academic freedom. We are observing the censure by not inviting external speakers to participate in scheduled events, which are designed to promote anti-racist, feminist, queer, and decolonial digital humanities work.

September 15, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

register at the link in the description

Event type: Mixer


Event type: Panel


Event type: Workshop