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Toronto Metropolitan University
Centre for Digital Humanities
April Offerings

  • most events are hosted on Zoom and are free and open to all registrants
  • also, check out the workshops hosted by the Collaboratory!


Afternoon talks
Thursday 1-2:30 pm EST

April 28

Roundtable: Making Pictorial Print: Media Literacy and Mass Culture in British Magazines, 1885–1918, by Alison Hedley.

This roundtable event brings together TMU community members and print media scholars to discuss Dr. Alison Hedley’s new book Making Pictorial Print (U ofToronto Press, 2021) in relation to the field of media history. Alison Hedley is a TMU Communication & Culture alumna and CDH Associate Research Fellow.

Becoming the first mass media, magazines and newspapers dominated the Victorian cultural landscape but were displaced by mechanical media in the early twentieth century. In Making Pictorial PrintDr. Hedley argues that during the years of this transition, illustrated magazines embodied popular culture’s aesthetic transformation and evolving terms of audience engagement. Remaining vital to cultural life, pictorial magazines helped shape the media cultures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Roundtable participants include: Dr. Hedley; Dr. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Professor Emeritus, CDH Senior Research Fellow and Director Emeritus; Dr. James Mussell, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print (University of Leeds); Dr. Paul Moore, Professor and Director, Arts & Contemporary Studies, and Alison Skyrme, Special Collections Librarian.

In Winter 2022, in place of the drop-in hours it holds at its space in Toronto Metropolitan University Library, the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) will be holding weekly virtual drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from Noon-1 pm (usually on Zoom). These are intended as casual, learning opportunities that bring together the DH community beyond during COVID-19 restrictions.

Join us!

More About Weekly Themes

Each week in a month will be dedicated to a specific theme. The first week, Stories in Play: Let’s Try, will consist of a led, shared exploration of a work of electronic literature (eLit) or a narrative-driven digital game. Week 2, DH Workbench, will be a led, shared exploration of a digital resource or tool for research and/or pedagogy. Week 3, DH@TMU Reads, will be an open discussion of a selected work of DH scholarship, read in advance of the drop-in. The fourth week, Critical Code Studies, will explore how coding/programming can be studied in the humanities.

Join us!

CDH Virtual


Wednesdays Noon-1 pm EST


April 6

“The Code of Beauty: Anandavardhana,” Chapter 5 (pp. 84-100) of Vikram Chandra’s Geek Sublime (Greywolf Press, 2014)

Host: Jason Boyd

Join Jason for a discussion of novelist and programmer Chandra’s fascinating chapter on Sanskrit, programming languages, and poetry.

Read a pdf of the chapter.


April 13

Nanditha Narayanamoorthy, “Digital Queer: Tracing the Digital Discourse around Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.” (2020)

Hosts: Jason Boyd and Nanditha Narayanamoorthy

Join Jason and Nanditha for a discussion of her essay exploring how Indian queer dissident subaltern counterpublics have combatted postcolonial and Victorian discourses around sexuality using social media.

Read the article on the Digital Studies website.


April 14 — 20

Playable Story Arcade and Awards Ceremony

Host: Jason Boyd

From April 14 to April 20, visit the Fabuludus 2022 game jam page  to check out the playable stories by students in “Narrative in a Digital Age” (ENG921)…

…then join us on the 20th at noon for a celebration of the playable stories and the presentation of awards!