Wednesday, 20. November 2019, Room LDS017, Loughborough University, Professor Ray Siemens's Second Leverhulme Lecture

from 20. November 2019 - 16:00 till 17:30

Room LDS017, Loughborough University

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Please join us for the second Lecture of our Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Prof. Ray Siemens.
TITLE: "Open Scholarship Foundations, Nurture and Sustenance: Establishing and Maintaining Structures for Productive Dialogue among Academics and between Academics and an Engaged Public"
ABSTRACT: My talk considers foundations pertinent for establishing, encouraging, and sustaining open scholarship that speaks both to academic specialists and socially-/societally-engaged members of the public.  Open social scholarship involves creating and disseminating research and research technologies to a broad audience of specialists and active non-specialists in ways that are accessible and significant to everyone. Those who subscribe to its practice engage it across research, service, and teaching activities. I trace its conceptual roots in open access and open scholarship movements, the digital humanities’ methodological commons and community of practice, grassroots teaching and training initiatives, contemporary online practices, and public facing “citizen scholarship,” with a practice-oriented mandate.  Examples are drawn from the work of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project ( and the initiatives of its recently established Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI, ).
SPEAKER DESCRIPTION: Professor Ray Siemens has pioneered the field of Digital Humanities, showing the way towards collaborative, transformative, interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy. He is the architect of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria (UVic) in Canada, where he is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities. Trained as an Early Modern English scholar, he has a cross appointment in Computer Science, and he held a Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing (2004-15). In 2017-18, Siemens was Visiting Professor at Western Sydney University. He has previously held visiting positions at New York U (2013), at the Institute of English Studies in London (2005, 2008), in Japan (Ritsumeikan U Kyoto: 2010; U Tokyo: 2014) and in Germany (U Passau: 2014). Siemens directs the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at UVic, which hosts several groups: (1) DHSI; (2) Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), funded by a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative; (3) Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI), which actively promotes research and research technologies that are accessible and significant to a broad audience of specialists and non-specialists. C-SKI activities include awareness raising, knowledge mobilisation, training, public engagement, scholarly communication, and pertinent research and development on local, national and international levels.

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