Deb Verhoeven appointed newest Canada 150 Research Chair
The Government of Canada has named Associate Dean (Engagement and Innovation) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS, Deb Verhoeven, as its newest Canada 150 Research Chair – the 25th appointment across Canada and the first at the University of Alberta.
A leading scholar in the emerging field of gender and cultural informatics – a field that combines digital technology, big data, cultural forms, and social justice- this eminent appointment is a reflection of Deb’s hard work and reputation.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to advance - carefully and collaboratively - a new digital platform that I hope will go some way to redressing the uneven patterns of interaction and co-existence that shape our day-to-day lives- Deb Verhoeven, Associate Dean (Engagement & lnnovation)
She will join the Faculty of Arts in April, 2019 for a seven-year joint-appointment with Women’s and Gender Studies and Digital Humanities.
The Canada 150 Research Chairs is a highly prestigious program, with aims to strengthen Canada’s research capacity through the recruitment and retention of top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers; enhance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence; improve universities’ capacity to generate and apply new knowledge; and improve the training and development of highly qualified research personnel.
Deb’s research proposal Hothousing Feminist Collections: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Digital Archive, will adopt an inclusive approach to data infrastructure to create an open-linked, open-data knowledge base of feminist content sourced from a wide range of Canadian cultural collections, with the goal of establishing an inclusive and pro-ethical approach to data infrastructure for the digital humanities.
Her research proposal Hothousing Feminist Collections: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Digital Archive, will see her working across the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Digital Humanities to create an open-linked, open-data knowledge base of feminist content sourced from a wide range of Canadian cultural collections, with the goal of establishing an inclusive and pro-ethical approach to data infrastructure for the digital humanities.
This ambitious infrastructure will “build in” the lived and imaginative experiences of diverse communities, [producing] a truly open digital cultural archive in Canada using innovative machine learning approaches, crowdsourcing techniques, intersectional feminist design principles, and new data interoperability frameworks. - Deb Verhoeven, Associate Dean (Engagement & lnnovation)
Deb will continue in her position as Associate Dean (Engagement and Innovation) in FASS until the new appointment takes effect early next year. The university will also continue its ties with the leading scholar. Professor Mary Spongberg, Dean, FASS stated:
“I am tremendously proud of Deb and this appointment is testament to her impressive record of, and potential for further, field defining research. That Deb will continue to collaborate with the Faculty through an honorary appointment will mean that UTS can continue to benefit from her expertise in digital humanities.”
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