Ray Siemens

Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing
Distinguished Professor
Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria

Dr. Raymond Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English with cross appointment in Computer Science. 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), Visiting Research Professor at Sheffield Hallam University (2004-11), and Visiting Research Professor in Digital Humanities at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto (2010).

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 Mind Technologies: Humanities Computing and the Canadian Academic Community (with David Moorman).

Siemens’ larger research projects focus on human-computer interaction, interface, and the electronic book in the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project, the Professional Reading Environment (PReE) project, initiatives associated with the TAPoR and Synergies groups and the Public Knowledge Project, and work on digital humanities communities and teams.

In 2009, he received the U Victoria Humanities Award for Research Excellence and, from U Waterloo, the Arts in Academics Alumni Achievement award.

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). His Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) is academic home to a number of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and academic staff. Siemens’ 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, and others.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, and local service activities, Siemens serves as Vice-President (Research Dissemination) of the Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, Director of the SSHRC-funded Major Collaboration Research Initiative INKE project, Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and member of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. In the past, he has served as 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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