Willard McCarty (PhD, Toronto, 1984) is Professor of Humanities Computing, King’s College London, founding editor of the electronic seminar/proto-blog Humanist (1987-), and author of Humanities Computing (Palgrave, 2005). He was, as noted, the happy co-recipient of the SDH/SEMI Award for Outstanding Achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities, in 2005 and recipient of the Richard W. Lyman Award in 2006. The relevant parts of his story since then are sketched in the accompanying essay. Some notions concerning the probably asymptotic convergence of the humanities and the sciences seem to have led to the editorship of the British journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (July 2008-), whose scope of interests he is expanding to include the arts and humanities. A book whose working title is Figuring Forward is currently in the planning stage.
Alan Galey received his doctorate in English literature from the University of Western Ontario, with a thesis on “The Shakespearean Archive: Information’s Cultural Work from the First Folio to the Electronic New Variorum.” Currently (2006-8), he is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where his research focuses on the history of the book, and interface design for digital scholarly editions. In 2008 he will take up a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Faculty of Information Studies. Patrick Finn holds a PhD in English from the University of Victoria, and is currently Chair of Humanities and Associate Professor of English at St. Mary’s University-College in Calgary. His research interests include late medieval and Renaissance literatures, textual and media studies, editing and bibliography, and communications and information technology. He is currently president of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society.
Michael Truscello earned his doctorate in English from the University of Waterloo, and is currently Assistant Professor in the Communications Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. His dissertation, titled “The Technical Effect: Free and Open Source Software and the Programming of Everyday Life,” articulates the spatial, temporal, and cross-cultural technicities of Free and Open Source Software. His articles have appeared in journals such as Postmodern Culture, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Rhetoric Review.
Philip Armstrong is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. His book Reticulations: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Networks of the Political is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press.
Sarah Juliet Lauro is a PhD candidate at UC Davis. She has written on the poetic transcription of the disabled body onto the page and on the representation of reproductive technology in women’s poetry. Currently, she is writing a dissertation on zombies, tentatively titled “Viral Signs: Contagion and Contamination in the Zombie Mythos.” Tiffany Gilmore is a PhD candidate in English at UC Davis. Her academic interests include transnational literature between Haiti and the US, cultural memory and trauma, historiography, and postcolonial and gender studies. She is hoping to fuse an academic career with social service by teaching and working at the grassroots level for sustainable change in Haiti. Jenni Halpin is a graduate student in English at the University of California, Davis. She has written on justice as jointure and gift in postcolonial science fiction and on self-formation via documentary revision in postmodern literature. Her dissertation will address recent science drama.
Andrea Austin is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches courses in popular culture, cyberculture, and eighteenth-century literature. She has published and presented papers on the role of simulation in the visual arts and aesthetic theory, the early history of information technologies, the cultural construction of the cyborg, and the evolution of cyberpunk fiction.
Terry Butler passed away in 2007. At that time he was Director of Research Computing at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. He was involved in several major humanities computing initiatives, including the Orlando Project and the Electronic Index to the Notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was also the Executive Manager of the Alberta TAPoR node.
Jean-Claude Guédon received his Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he presently teaches comparative literature at the Université de Montréal. His career gradually shifted from history of chemistry to history of technology, to history of engineering, to technology transfer and issues of centre and periphery. More recently, his interests have linked with writing technologies from the origins to the digital age. He began to be interested in electronic publishing in the late eighties and started the first Canadian, electronic scholarly journal toward the end of 1991 (Surfaces). This led him to Open Access and he was one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative. He received the SDH/SEMI award in 2005, jointly with Willard McCarty. He is presently Vice-President (Dissemination of Research) of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.