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TMU Centre for Digital Humanities
March Offerings

• most events are hosted on Zoom and are free and open to all registrants

• also, check out the workshops hosted by the TMU University Collaboratory!


Lunchtime talks
Tuesdays Noon-1 pm

March 30

Tangible Augmented Reality for Cultural Heritage Research: Exploring the Use of Jewish and Holocaust Ephemera.

Ali Mazalek (Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation & Director, Synlab, TMU) & Ravit David (U of Toronto Libraries)

Description of Talk

Existing cultural heritage digitization and archival methods lack the richness and versatility that is necessary for using library memorabilia and ephemera. At the same time, emerging interaction technologies that bridge the physical and digital worlds offer opportunities to provide users with rich sensory experiences. Our research brings these two domains together to investigate how tangible and augmented reality interaction design can help to address some of the challenges that scholars face when working with ephemera and memorabilia collections. Our first use case focuses on a collection of Jewish and Holocaust ephemera and memorabilia. In this presentation, we describe our ongoing research in this area, including a formative study that we conducted to better understand current practices and challenges in cultural heritage research, as well as prototype designs for the Tangible Augmented Reality Archives (TARA) application that supports discoverability and use of library and archival artifacts.

In Winter 2021, in place of the drop-in hours it holds at its space in TMU University Library, the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) will be holding weekly virtual drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 3-4 pm (usually on Zoom). These are intended as casual, fun events that bring together the DH community at TMU and beyond during COVID-19 restrictions.

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, Procedural Creativity Workshop, will explore digital resources and platforms useful for creative activity.

Join us!

CDH Virtual


Thursdays 3-4 pm


March 4

Glitchy Bliss: Deconstructeam’s The Red Strings Club, 2018

Host: Patrick Dolan, PhD Candidate, Communication and Culture

Join Patrick as he explores the meaning of happiness in this 2018 pixel-art, cyberpunk thriller.


March 11

Using Voyant Tools with Spyral Notebooks for Text Analysis

Hosts: Jason Boyd, Geoffrey Rockwell, and Kaylin Land

Details of Drop-In

Dr. Stéfan Sinclair, a leading Canadian Digital Humanist who sadly passed away last year (, was a co-creator, with Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell, of Voyant Tools, a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts as well as a co-author, with Dr. Rockwell, of Hermeneutica (2016). Join Dr. Rockwell (University of Alberta) and Ph.D. candidate Kaylin Land (McGill University) for a demonstration of Voyant and an associated project Dr. Sinclair was leading: Spyral Notebooks.

Some learning walkthroughs for Voyant can be found at Examples of the use of Voyant can be read at!/guide/gallery.


March 18

Anne Burdick, et al. Digital_Humanities, MIT Press, 2012

Host: CDH Projects Manager Reg Beatty

Join Reg as he examines the centrality of design thinking in DH. Download Digital_Humanities under the open-access tab (read pdf pp. 24-28, book pp. 12-16)


March 25

Creating Bitature with Bitsy

Host: Jason Boyd

Check out a curated list of some Bitsy-made work here