Alex Gil is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. He collaborates with faculty, students and library professionals leveraging computational and network technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production. He coordinates the Butler Library Studio at Columbia University, a tech-light library innovation space focused on digital scholarship and pedagogy; co-founder and moderator of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, a vibrant trans-disciplinary research cluster focused on experimental humanities; senior editor of sx archipelagos, a journal of Caribbean Digital Studies, and co-wrangler of The Caribbean Digital conference series. He is also founder and former chair of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities.
Active digital projects include Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts, and Wax for minimal exhibits of cultural artifacts; In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-Atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century; and most recently, the nimble tent interventions Torn Apart/Separados and Covid Maker Response.
- Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2012
- Ancien Pensionnaire, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2007
- M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2005
- B.A., English, Florida International University, 1999
Collaborations and Projects
Institution-Building and Collaborations
- The Butler Studio, Columbia University Libraries. Founder and coordinator.
- Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, Columbia University. Founder and faculty moderator.
- Association for Computers in the Humanities. Steering committee, member and communications officer.
- HASTAC. Advisory Board.
- Global Outlook::Digital Humanities. Founder and former Chair and Vice-Chair.
- Chair, MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project Selection Committee (2018)
- DLF “Miracle Workers” Working Group. Founder and moderator.
- Editor of Internationalization, Digital Humanities Quarterly.
- Digital Library of the Caribbean. Scholarly Advisory Board.
- NYC Digital Humanities (NYCDH). Steering committee officer and organizer.
- Columbia University Digital Humanities. Project design, implementation and coordination.
- Libraries Without Borders. Advisory Board.
- Founder and President of the Florida International University Poetry Club (1998)
- KSHIP. Editorial Board.
- Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Editorial Board
- CUBA Counterpoints. Editorial Board.
- Watershed Group—A Think Tank for Black Atlantic Digital Humanities. Member.
- Chair and Co-Chair, Digital Advisory Board, Caribbean Studies Association (2010-2016)
- Vice-Chair, Multi Lingual Multicultural Committee, ADHO (2014-2017)
- Developing Librarian Project. Instructor and project design.
- Piracy Lab. Collaborator. (2013)
- THATCamp Diversity initiative. (2011-2012)
- Project Tango. (An initiative to bridge the gap between digital humanities training and out-of-print digital archiving). Project Lead (2010-2011).
Digital Scholarship Projects
- sx archipelagos. Founder and senior editor.
- …… et les chiens se taisaient. Digital Edition.
- Bearing Witness. Producer.
- Covid Maker Response. Founder, communications, coordinator.
- Ethnic Studies Rise
- Singing the Nation. Producer.
- Torn Apart/Separados. Team Member & Coordinator.
- Wax, a toolkit for producing minimal exhibits of cultural artifacts. Maintainer, contributor.
- #prmapathon. Coordinator.
- In the Same Boats. Project lead with Kaiama Glover.
- Style Revolution. Instructor and project manager.
- Around DH in 80 Days. Editor and designer.
- Ed, a Jekyll theme for minimal editions. Project lead.
- Sudan Historical Photo Archive. Consultant.
- RikersBot. Instructor.
- Morningside Heights Digital History. Project coordinator.
- Minimal Computing | Global Outlook::Digital Humanities. Founder and contributor.
- The Translation Toolkit | Global Outlook::Digital Humanities. Founder and contributor.
- The Making and Knowing Project. Consultant.
- Foucault 13/13, Lessons on the Will to Know. Site design and implementation; participant.
- The Library Project. Ideation and data coordination.
- Legacies of Césaire. Organizer and contributor.
- The Open Syllabus Project. Co-PI.
- Prism. Development team.
- Critical Code Studies Working Group. (2012)
- Initiative to bring Digital Humanities instruction to the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Virginia, 2011.
- Editor of the e-text edition of Alexander Exquemelin’s Bucaneers of America. University of Virginia e-text center (2005)
- Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Columbia University Libraries (2017-2019)
- Digital Centers Committee, Columbia University Libraries (2012-2016)
- Translator for the Student Interpreter Service Initiative at the University of Virginia Hospital (2004).
Grants, Honors and Awards
- Visiting Research Fellow, King’s Digital Lab, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London. 2020-2021
- Movers & Shakers 2020: Change Agent. Library Journal. 2020. [Revoked at my request]
- President’s Global Innovation Fund Award. Architectures of Knowledge, Mumbai 2016.
- NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant. SX:Archipelagos Project, 2015-2016.
- Digital Library of the Caribbean Award of Excellence in Digital Humanities, 2014
- Sloan Research Grant, Open Syllabus Project, 2013-2014
- HASTAC fellow, 2011-2012
- Scholars’ Lab Praxis Program Cohort, 2011-2012
- University of Virginia Library Scholars’ Lab Fellow, 2010-2012
- UVACSE Tiger Team, work on Approximate String Matching across literary corpor. 2011
- NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) Fellow, summer-fall 2010; fall 2011-spring 2012
- SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) Cohorts Fellowship Program to provide programming assistance for the Et les chiens se taisaient digital archive, 2009-2010.
- University of Virginia ENS Fellowship to cover a year of study at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. 2006-2007.
- Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship to cover one year of work as Project Manager for the Caribbean Literature Archive project with a leave of absence from the English Department, awarded by the Dean of Arts & Science. 2005.
- Rockefeller Foundation /Bellagio Study Center Conference Grant. Awarded for a one-week stay at The Bellagio Study Center in Italy (Caribbean Literature Archive team, planning conference). June 21-28, 2004.
- Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Science, University of Virginia. May 2004.
- T.A. of the Year. The Declaration (Student-run newspaper at the University of Virginia). Dec 5, 2002.
- Dean of Arts and Science Travel Grant. Used for travel to Cuba to aid in Callaloo’s “Cuban Issue” and to carry out preliminary research for the Caribbean Literature Archive, December, 2001.
Peer-reviewed articles, chapters & editions
- “The Desire of the Humanist: On the Interpretation of Digital Caribbean Dreams.” Debates in Digital Humanities. (Forthcoming volume on Afro-Diasporic Digital Humanities).
- “Design for Diversity: The Case of Ed.” The Design for Diversity Learning Toolkit. Northeastern University. 2019
- “Placing Césaire: Some Considerations on Cartography and Enumerative Bibliographies.” Caribbean Quarterly. Volume 62, Nos. 3 & 4 (September-December 2016).
- “Global Outlooks in Digital Humanities: Multilingual Practices and Minimal Computing.” Doing Digital Humanities. (eds) Richard Lane, Raymond Siemens, and Constance Crompton. London/NY: Routledge, 2016. (Co-Written with Élika Ortega)
- “Only Connect: The Globalization of the Digital Humanities.” Schreibman, Susan, Raymond George Siemens, and John Unsworth, eds. A New Companion to Digital Humanities. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2016. (Co-written with Daniel O’Donnell, et al.)
- “El gran agujero negro: a la caza del fantasma en Cahier d’un retour au pays natal” (Traducción al español de “The Great Black Hole: Reading for the Ghost in Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal”), en Dossier “Asedios al archivo caribeño de la negritud: Aimé Césaire en el centenario de su nacimiento”, coordinado por Florencia Bonfiglio, Estudios. Revista de Investigaciones Literarias y Culturales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas (Venezuela), 21:41, enero-junio, 2013.
- “Focus génétique sur Les Armes miraculeuses d’Aimé Césaire.” Manuscrits francophones du sud : un état des lieux. 1:1. 2014.
- “The Migrant Text: Aime Cesaire’s Hemispheric Push and the Editorial Blind-Spot” Perspectives on the ‘Migrant Cosmopolitans’: Narratives of Contemporary Postcoloniality. Edited by Nirmala Menon and Marika Preziuso. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.
- “Et les chiens se taisaient (L’Ur texte de 1943): Présentation.” Aimé Césaire: Poésie, théâtre, essais et discours. Paris: Planète Libre, 2013.
- Aimé Césaire: Poésie, théâtre, essais et discours. Co-Editor. Paris: Planète Libre, 2013.
- “La Représentation en profondeur d’Et les chiens se taisaient d’Aimé Césaire : Pour une édition génétique en ligne.” Genesis 33. Paris (2011)
- “Bridging the Middle Passage: The textual (r)evolution of Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 38.1 (March 2011): 40-56
- “La découverte d’un tapuscrit d’Et les chiens se taisaient.” Aimé Césaire à l’œuvre: Actes du colloque international, sous la direction de Marc Cheymol et Philippe Ollé-Laprune. Paris: Editions des archives contemporaines, 2010.
- “Man, Woman, Hunger: A Translation of Daina Chaviano’s El Hombre, la Hembra y el Hambre.” The Yalobusha Review. University of Mississippi Press (May 2003): 63-67.
- Translator for Callaloo, “Cuban Issue.” December 2000.
- Review of Daniel Maximin, [ed.] The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissent (1941–1945). Suzanne Césaire in New West Indian Guide 8(3), 2014: 414-415.
- “White Egrets: A Review.” Review Literature and Arts of the Americas (November 2010).
- Review of Alfred Lopez. Posts and Pasts: A Theory of Postcolonialism in The Comparatist, Vol. XXVIII (May 2004): 158-159.
- Aimé Césaire and the Broken Record. Work in Progress.
- The Digital Library of Babel. The Outside Essay. 2, 2015.
- The Great Black Hole: Reading for the Ghost in Césaire’s “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal,” 1929 (2011)
- Professional blog. www.elotroalex.com
- Scholars’ Lab blog.
- NINES blog.
- Migrant Textuality: On the fields of Aimé Césaire’s Et les chiens se taisaient. A dissertation presented to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Virginia in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of philosophy, Department of English. December, 2012 Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Lectures, Conferences & Workshops
- “Librarian Nimble Tents for Social Justice and Moments of Crisis.” REFORMA Northeast. Online. June 2020.
- “Nimble Tents for a Mobilized Humanities, or, Mobilizing Humanities Scholarship and Collectives in Critical Times.” 10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. February 2020.
- “Towards a Mobilized Humanities: On Making Do and Nimble Tents.” Tulane University. New Orleans. February 2020.
- “In the Same Boats: Trajectories, Intersections and the Black Atlantic Republic of Letters.” MIT. Boston. November 2019. Presented with Kaiama L. Glover.
- “Minimal Technology in Digital Humanities.” UPR Rio Piedras. Puerto Rico. November 2019.
- “Mobilized Humanities: The Case of Torn Apart/Separados.” Mapping (In)Justice. Fordham University. New York City. November 2019.
- “Scholarly Contra-Surveillance and Technological Disobedience While the World Burns.” Keynote. Digital Frontiers. Austin, Texas. September 2019.
- “On Hardening the Rims: Minimal Computing and Technological Disobedience on the Margins of History.” Trondheim University. Trondheim, Norway. September 2019.
- “Experimental and Mobilized Humanities.” Today Arts Museum. Beijing, China. May 2019.
- “The Case for a Mobilized Humanities.” Scholars’Lab, University of Virginia. February 2019.
- “Caribbean Digital Humanities.” Florida International University. February 2019.
- “Nimble Tents: xpMethod, #tornapart, and Other Tensile Approaches to the Fourth State.” MITH Digital Dialogues. University of Maryland. November 2018.
- “Revisiting the Digital Library of Babel: Minimal Computing, Mobilized Humanities and Tri-Continental Disobedience.” Nigerian Digital Humanities Summer Institute. October 2018.
- “Border Archives and Shadow Archons: The Case of the Broken Digital Record.” Bavarian American Academy Summer School. June 2018.
- “These Masters’s Tools Ain’t Like the Others: Towards a Caribbean Digital Humanities Praxis.” 3rd Annual Distinguished Lecture. Faculty of Humanities and Education. University of the West Indies Mona Campus. May 2018.
- Price Lab Lunchtime Talk. University of Pennsylvania. April 2018.
- “« Et les Chiens se taisaient », édition spéculative et essai génétique.” Institut des textes & manuscrits modernes. Paris, France. April 2018.
- “A Primer on Nimble Tents: A Look at Tensile Grass Roots in the Digital Humanities.” William & Mary. April 2018.
- “Minimal Computing, Border Technologies and Other Marginal Practices in the Digital Humanities.” Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. University of Houston. March 2018.
- “Nimble Tents: Boundary Practices for Digital Scholars.” University of Oregon. February 2018.
- “[A Hummingbird’s] Introduction to Digital Scholarship.” ARL Digital Scholarship Summer Institute, June 2017 and CLIR Postdoc Seminar, July 2017.
- “Off the Broken Record: The Future Past of our Product Line.” Humanities Futures Colloquium. Duke University, March 2017.
- “The Globe is Not a Circle: The New Life of Words and the Broken Scholarly Record.” Washington & Lee, March 2017.
- Inaugural Seminar and Keynote on the occasion of the first Masters Program in Digital Humanities in Latin America. Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, February 2017.
- “The Geographies of Aimé Césaire: On Place and the Hybrid Archive.” Indigeneity, Creolization, Fugitivity Symposium. Cornell University. October 2016.
- “Las tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación en la Universidad del siglo XXI.” Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. Santander, Spain. September 2016.
- “Heritage Interfaces: Presenting Cultural Specificity in Digital Collections.” Singapore University, Singapore. August 2016.
- “Minimal Computing and the Borders of the New Republic of Letters.” Michigan State University. April 2016
- “A University Worth Fighting For: Career Paths and Hiring Practices.” CUNY, November 2015.
- “Building Playgrounds in the Digital Humanities.” Duke University, 2014.
- “Developing Librarians for 21st Century Scholarship.” Duke University, 2014.
- “Technological Disobedience and Minimal Computing.” Keynote. Beirut Digital Humanities Institute. American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon, March 2015.
- “Ephemeral Tents: Up and Running with Digital Humanities before the Infrastructure.” University of Pittsburgh. October 2014.
- “Neither flat, nor round: On asymmetry and the global-ish digital humanities.” (un)Keynote. THATCamp Vanderbilt. October 2014.
- “The Developing Librarian Project at Columbia University Libraries.” Dartmouth. October 2014.
- “The Developing Librarian Project: An Overview.” University of Minnesota Libraries. September 2014.
- The (Digital) Library of Babel. Closing Keynote. Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Victoria, B.C. June 2014.
- “The Developing Librarian Program.” Public Service Big Heads. American Library Association. Philadelphia, January 2014; and University of Connecticut, September 2013.
- “Who is afraid of the digital humanities?” Hampshire College, April 2013
- “Where are the Digital Humanities: The Place of DH Scholarship at Public Research Universities,” Florida International University, November 2012.
- Guest Lecture on the Praxis Program, Mellon-funded Digital Scholarship Institute, Occidental College, August 2012.
- “Formación, recursos e innovación para el desarollo humano frent a COVID-19.” Diálogos Bibliotecas en Cuarentena. Biblioteca Juan Bosch. May, 2020.
- “Un-doubling Voice in Speculative Archives: The Double Recovery of Aimé Césaire’s ‘…..et les chiens se taisaient.’” 10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. February 2020.
- “Libraries at the Nexus of Migration.” ALA Midwinter. Philadelphia. January 2020.
- “Mobilizing the Humanities: Building the Supercommons.” MLA 2020. Seattle. January 2020.
- “Two Case Studies in Minimal Computing.” Maintainers III: Policy, Practice, and Care. Washington, D.C., October 2019.
- “Black Victory in the Speculative Archive: A Reconstruction of the Typescript of ‘…..et les chiens se taisaient’ by Aimé Césaire.” On Archival Truths. Stony Brook University. New York. October 2019.
- “What We Could Have Told You: Statistical Analysis of Text and the Ends of Narrative.” HumLab, Umeå universitet. Umeå, Sweeden. September 2019.
- “De bibliografía a cartografía: la producción de mapas a partir de bibliografías.” Universidad Autonoma de México. CDMX, México. August 2019.
- “Minimal Computing: On the Borders of Speculative Archives.” Association for Computers in the Humanities Conference. Pittsburgh. July 2019.
- “Difficult Discussions: Diversity in Digital Collections and Archives.” American Library Association. Washington, D.C. June 2019.
- “Minimal Computing in International Collaboration: Ed and Wax.” Nanjing University. China. April 2019.
- “Reading in French Now.” Maison Française, Columbia University. April 2019.
- “A presentation and discussion of the digital project Torn Apart/Separados.” Stony Brook University. February 2019.
- “Information, Democracy, Archives, and Absence.” NYC Digital Humanities Week. Fordham University. February 2019.
- Librarians as Advocates: Leading Activism on Your Campus and Beyond. ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter
- “Minimal Computing for Image Collections: the Case of Wax.” Digital Library Federation. Las Vegas. October 2018.
- “On Adding Platforms to Improve Sustainability: The Case for the Minimal Journal.” Library Publishing Forum 2018. Minnesota. May 2018
- “In the Same Boats.” Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age: Paradoxes of Connectivity and Belonging. Columbia University. April 2018
- “Style Revolution: Minimal Exhibitions for Art History.” ARLIS. February 2018.
- “Nimble Tents for the Humanities.” Activism in the Humanities panel. MLA. January 2018.
- “Minimal Computing: The Stakes for Textual Scholarship.” Society for Textual Scholarship Annual Convention. University of Maryland, June 2017.
- “In The Same Boats: Towards an Intellectual Cartography of the Black Atlantic.” History Design Workshop. Harvard University, March 2017.
- “@rikersbot: Local-Based, Social-Justice-Driven Praxis in Digital Humanities,” Alexander Gil, Columbia Univ.; Dennis Tenen, Columbia Univ. MLA Convention, January 2017.
- “Minimal Digital Humanities: Choice or Necessity?” MLA Convention, January 2017.
- “In The Same Boats: Next Steps”. The Caribbean Digital. Columbia University. December 2016.
- “Minimal Computing in Libraries.” Digital Library Federation. Milwaukee. November 2016.
- “The Digital Library of the Caribbean.” Digital Library Federation. Milwaukee. November 2016.
- “A digital humanities for the Caribbean Sea.” Slavic Digital Humanities Symposium. Yale. November 2016.
- “Foundations on Wheels: The Skunk in the Library of Babel.” Intersectionality in Digital Humanities. KU Leuven, Belgium. September 2016.
- “Diverse Digitalities: Targeted Models for Postcolonial Challenges in the Digital Discourse.” Krakow, Poland. July 2016.
- “Minimal Editions in the Classroom: a pedagogical proposal”. DH 2016. Krakow, Poland. July 2016.
- “Quality Matters: Diversity and the Digital Humanities in 2016”. DH 2016. Krakow, Poland. July 2016.
- Redes para el desarrollo de proyectos digitales en América Latina. Latin American Studies Association. New York City. June 2016
- “Where is Digital Humanities in Latin America and the Caribbean?” SALALM LXI. Charlottesville. May 2016
- “Where Is the Nation in Digital Humanities?” MLA Special Session. January 2016
- “Packing Light, Crossing Borders: Minimal Computing and the DH Transnational.” MLA. January 2016
- “Careers in Digital Humanites and Social Sciences.” University of Chigago, October 2015.
- “Psst! An informal approach to expanding the linguistic range of the Digital Humanities.” With Élika Ortega and Dan O’Donnell. DH 2015. Sydney, Australia, 2015.
- “Building Playgrounds in the Digital Humanities.” AMICAL Webinar. February 2015.
- “Scholars on the margin of the law.” Postcolonial Digital Humanities: Praxis. MLA 2015.
- “Two provocations on Spivak, Jameson, and almost Žižek.” MLA. January 2015.
- “Praxis and Sustainability: building social structures in digital humanities.” Advanced Research Consortium, Fall Meeting. Texas A&M. October 2014.
- “Can Aimé Césaire Survive the 21st Century?” Diaspora and the digital. Yale. October 2014.
- “Los poetas de la negritud: Aimé Césaire y Léopold Senghor en contexto.” Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011.
- “Do-it Yourself Oral History: Digital Platforms for the Work of Remediating Memory.” African Diaspora 2.0. Toronto. September 2014
- “Overview of current Caribbean Digital Scholarship.” Executive lunch. DH2014. Lausanne, Switzerland. July 2014.
- “AroundDH in 80 Days: A new map of the digital humanities.” DH2014. Lausanne, Switzerland. July 2014.
- “The Global Turn in Digital Humanities.” Post-colonial Digital Humanities. Modern Language Association. Chicago. January 2014.
- Candidate Success Stories. Modern Language Association. Chicago. January 2014.
- “Flat all the way down: Digital Humanities and Surface Reading.” Modern Language Association. Chicago. January 2014.
- “Migrant Textuality: Césaire’s Hemispheric Gambit.” CASAR. American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon. January 2014.
- “What alternatives do we have?: Credential creep, unpaid internships, adjunct nation and other full-time woes.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. 2013.
- “The Césaire gambit: Marking and remaking the present.” Dominica Literary Festival. Roseau, Dominica, August 2013.
- “Crowdsourcing Marginalia.” Social, Digital, Scholarly Editing. University of Saskatchewan. July 2013.
- “Pour Aimé Césaire.” Abbai de Fontevraud, France. June 2013.
- “Extra-legal Bibliography” Society for Textual Scholarship 2013. Chicago, IL. March 2013.
- “Legology: Of Blocks and Paths.” The Textual Studies and Digital Humanities Center. Loyola University. Chicago, IL. February 2013.
- “Notes on a Global Digital Humanities.” MLA 2013. Boston, MA. January, 2013.
- “The Underground Library as Marginal Archive: Circulation and Preservation in the Shadows.” MLA 2013. Boston, MA. January, 2013.
- “Two Steps and a Leap: Textual Scholarship, Digital Humanities and building the Caribbean digital archive.” INKE Havana Gathering 2012: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices. Havana, Cuba. 2012. (also served as organizer and translator)
- “What can American Studies offer Digital Humanities, and vice versa.” American Studies Association, 2012, Puerto Rico.
- “Towards a Transnational Multilingual Caribbean Digital Humanities Lab.” ADHO’s Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany.
- “Négritude’s Legos: Transposition, iteration and the migrant text.”Society for Textual Scholarship 2012, The University of Texas at Austin.
- “Introducing Césaire’s 1st Haitian Drama.” Caribbean Studies Association 2012, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.
- “New Currents in Caribbean Digital Humanities.” Panel chair. Caribbean Studies Association 2012, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.
- “Migrant Textuality: Mapping Textual Difference in the Hemispheric Caribbean.” Caribbean Studies Association 2012, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.
- “Collecting Archipelagos: The use of the peer-reviewed aggregation model for Caribbean preservation and scholarly communications.” 54 International Congress of Americanists 2012, Vienna, Austria.
- “Legology: The (Pseudo-)Science of Textual Difference.” MLA 2012, Seattle, WA
- “The Derrida Code: The Algorithmic Nature of Criticism.” MLA 2012, Seattle, WA (co-written with Michael Fox)
- “Livisibilité and Deep Representation: Design in Scholarly Editions Online.” Association for Documentary Editing 2011 Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah
- “The Text in Diaspora: The Many Places of Aimé Césaire’s poetry.” 96th Annual ASALH Conference, Richmond, VA, 2011.
- “On the Fringes of the Digital Archive: The Role of the Modern Library in the future of Africana and Caribbean Studies.” Caribbean Philosophical Association 2011 Conference, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
- “Towards a Caribbean Aggregator: Past, Present and Future of the Caribbean Digital Archive.” Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Curaçao, 2011
- “The Mirror and the Rocket: Why Data is not Text… at least not yet.” Scholars’ Lab Digital Therapy Series, Charlottesville, VA, 2011
- “From Analysis to Representation: What Do We Want from the Editorial Machine?” Society for Textual Scholarship, 16th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Penn State University, University Park, PA, 2011.
- “Vers une édition génétique de Cahier d’un retour au pays natal et Et les chiens se taisaient d’Aimé Césaire: des premiers manuscrits à l’édition de 1956.” (co-prepared with James Arnold) La génétique des textes et des formes: l’œuvre comme processus, Cerisy, FRANCE, 2010
- “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal : de la genèse à nos jours” (co-presented with James Arnold) Séminaire Manuscrit francophone 2009
- 2010, ITEM, Paris, FRANCE, 2010
- “Textualité et le jeu génétique chez Aimé Césaire : le cas d’Et les chiens se taisaient” Collectif de chercheurs francophones sur les littératures au Sud, Paris, FRANCE, 2009
- “How to spot a Ghost Ship in the Cahier d’un retour au pays natal: A reading of the 1939 text.” New World Studies Colloquium at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 2009.
- “Screwing Cuba: Henry James and the Spanish-American War.” Talk presented to the English Department at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 2005.
Organized Conferences & Workshops
- The Caribbean Digital conference series. Founder and organizer. NYC, 2014-present.
- Minimal Computing. Dream Lab. University of Pennsylvania. June 2019.
- THATCampCaribe un-conference series. Founder and organizer. Puerto Rico, 2012; Cuba, 2013; Trinidad & Tobago, October 2017.
- “On Method” Lecture Series. The Heyman Center. Columbia University. (2014-2015). With Grant Wythoff.
- Workshops on Python, Jekyll, fundamentals of computing, Markdown, Zotero, Omeka/Neatline, WordPress. Columbia University, NYC (2013-present)
- “Minimal Editions: Come With a Text, Leave with an Accessible Digital Edition.” Society for Textual Scholarship Annual Convention. University of Maryland, June 2017.
- Privacy and Security for Researchers Workshop. Columbia University, NYC. February 2017.
- Minimal Computing Workshop. KU Leuven, Belgium. September 2016.
- Architectures of Knowledge: Mumbai. India. July 2016.
- “The Caribbean Digital.” Caribbean Studies Association. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. June 2016
- Minimal Computing Workshop. Michigan State University. April 2016
- NYCDH Workshop Week, Inaugural Year. Creator and organizer. February 2016.
- THATCamp Beirut. AUB. March 2015.
- “Methods for Empowering Library Staﬀ Through Digital Humanities Skills.” Workshop. DH2014. Lausanne, Switzerland. July 2014.
- “Kickstarting the Minimal Computing Group.” Workshop. DH2014. Lausanne, Switzerland. July 2014.
- Segundo Encuentro de las Humanidades Digitales. RedHD and Global Outlook Digital Humanities. Mexico City. May 2014.
- The Work of Man Has Only Just Begun: Legacies of Aimé Césaire. Columbia University. New York. 2013.
- Juxta Workshop. Digital Humanities Forum. Kansas University. Lawrence, Kansas, August 2013.
- “Introduction to Omeka.” Fordham University. New York, NY. February 2013; NYU. New York, NY. May 2013.
- Musiconis International Seminar. A collaboration between the Sorbonne & Columbia University. Paris, France, January 2017.
- Fedora Camp. Columbia University. November 2016.
- Mellon Leadership Alliance. July 2015.
- Sauver les manuscripts francophones. ITEM. Treilles, France. September 2013.
- Digital Humanities 2013: ADHO Annual General Meeting. University of Nebraska. July 2013.
- THATCamp Performing Arts. CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. June 2013.
- MITH Topic Modeling Workshop 2012. University of Maryland, 2012
- HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp. Indiana University, 2012.
- THATCamp CHNM 2011. Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2011.
- THATCamp Virginia 2010, Charlottesville, VA, 2010
- Style Revolution, co-taught with Prof. Anne Higonnet, Fall 2017 (Art History Department)
- Minimal Editions, co-taught with Prof. Susanna Alles, Spring 2016 (Latin American and Iberian Cultures Department)
- Digital Scholarship Lab. Yiddish Writers, with Prof. Jeremy Dauber, Spring 2016 (Department of Germanic Languages)
- Digital Scholarship Lab. Local History in Tibet, with Prof. Gray Tuttle, Fall 2015 (East Asian Languages and Cultures Department)
- Digital Scholarship Lab. A Virtual Englightenment, with Prof. Anne Higonnet, Spring 2015 (Art History Department, Barnard)
- Contemporary Civilization I & II (Core Curriculum), Fall 2014-Spring 2015
- Master’s Seminar: The Digital Dispensation, Fall 2013 (English and Comparative Literature Department)
University of Victoria, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
- Digital Humanities with a Global Outlook, Summer 2016
- Digital Humanities with a Global Outlook, Summer 2015
The University of Virginia, Media Studies Department
- Language, Code, Media, (seminar/studio for third-year students), Spring 2012
- Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts, (seminar/studio for third-year students), Fall 2011
The University of Virginia, Department of English:
- Digital Lab. (Project Tango), with Prof. Jerome McGann, Fall 2010
- Literature in English III (major level survey of modern and contemporary Literature), Fall 2010
- Borders and other Figments (themed expository writing course), Fall 2010
- Local Politics (themed expository writing course), Spring 2010
- Apocalyptic Literature (themed expository writing course), Fall 2009
- Globalization (themed expository writing course), Fall 2008-Spring 2009
- Local Politics (themed expository writing course), Fall 2007-Spring 2008
- Democracy (themed expository writing course), Spring 2006
- In-Justice (themed expository writing course), Fall 2005
- The History of Love (themed expository writing course), Spring 2004
- Literature in English III (major level survey of modern and contemporary Literature), Fall 2003
- Magic and The Psychology of Lying (themed expository writing course), Spring 2003
- The Representation of Poverty (themed expository writing course), Fall 2002
- Literature in English II (major level survey of literature between the English and American Civil Wars), Spring 2002
The University of Virginia, Department of French:
- Contemporary Caribbean Culture and Literature (advanced course with a comparative approach), Fall 2004
The University of Virginia, Department of Spanish:
- Intermediate Spanish II, Spring 2004
- Intermediate Spanish I, Fall 2003
- Digital Library Federation (DLF)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
- Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)
- Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC)
- Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH)
- Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH-SEMI)
- Australian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH)
- Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
- Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM)
- Society for Textual Scholarship (STS)
- American Library Association (ALA)
- American Studies Association (ASA)
- Association for Documentary Editing (ADE)
- Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA)
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
Languages and Specialist Skills
- Human: Mastery of Spanish, English, French and Italian. Functional knowledge of German, Portuguese and Kreyol.
- Bethany Nowviskie, Dean of Libraries and Professor of English at James Madison University
- Kaiama Glover, Associate Professor of French, Barnard College
Jesús R. Velasco, Professor, Columbia University/Yale University.
- Chris Bourg, Director, MIT Libraries
- Sharon Marcus, Professor, Columbia University
- Dennis Tenen, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
- Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
- Barbara Rockenbach, Associate University Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
- Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of History, Columbia University
- David Scott, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
- Susan Boynton, Professor, Department of Music, Columbia University
- Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, Columbia University
- Roopika Risam, Associate Professor of World Literature and English Education, Salem State University
- Julia Flanders, Professor of the Practice in English and Director of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library
- Matt Gold, Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center.
- Jerome J. McGann, University Prof & John Stewart Bryan Prof Of English, University of Virginia
- Anna Brickhouse, Associate Professor of English, University of Virginia
- Mrinalini Chakravorty, Associate Professor of English, University of Virginia
- Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor, Media Studies Department, University of Virginia
- Rafael Alvarado, General Faculty, School of Data Science, University of Virginia
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