Spoken Web Podcast: S2 E2

Lesbian Liberation Across Media: A Sonic Screening is a little different than episodes heard in the Spoken Web Podcast series before. It is a kind of “feminist memory-work” – An audio collage, a method, an approach to community building which aims to honour lesbian-feminist collective histories and renewed public attention to lesbian feminist culture. Continue reading

Shifting Horizons II // Des horizons évolutifs II

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Gave a short talk, Librarians are the dream unconcious of the research enterprise (as are all other support staff) as part of the opening panel, The Canadian RDM Landscape.  Other panelists included: Jonathan Dewar, Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC); Jeremy Geelen, Senior Advisor/Science Policy Branch CIHR; Kevin Fitzgibbons, Executive Director, Corporate Planning and Policy Division, NSERC; Matthew Lucas, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, SSHRC; James Doiron, Portage RDM Training Expert, & RDM Services Coordinator, University of Alberta Libraries

This talk was part of a larger CARL Portage train-the trainer day that I coordinated for the uOttawa Library. The fourth in a series of annual days dedicated to research data management (RDM) awareness-raising and training. This year we focus on upskilling Librarians, research facilitators, faculty IT representatives and research administrators and support staff. Topics covered are: Tri-Council policy and impact on researchers, RDM best practices, how to do a data management consult, how and why to do data deposit.

Complex Networks of Desire: Mapping community in Visual Arts Magazines Fireweed, Fuse, Border/Lines

Las complejas redes del deseo: Trazando las comunidades en revistas de artes visuales Fireweed, Fuse, Border/Lines

Co-presented with Tomasz Neugebauer (Concordia University Library) at DH2018 “Puentes/Bridges” in Ciudad de Mexíco, 27 June 2018.

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Full-size English/Español version of the poster.

We present ongoing research using data visualization and complex network analysis to historicize the production of three periodicals: Fireweed, Fuse, and Border/Lines. Computational methods allow for the visualization of metadata describing these magazine issues as a complex network – but what do these visualizations reveal about real social relations involved in the production and circulation of these magazines? Fireweed, Fuse, and Border/Lines emerged between 1976 and 1986 in Toronto, Canada, from a hotbed of lesbian and gay liberation, feminist and cultural race politics, thereby circulating in relation to transnational social, political and cultural movements (Butling and Rudy, Gonosko and Marcellus, Monk, Robertson). Whereas digital art historical scholarship often applies computational methods to the analysis of visual images (Zorich, Manovich), this paper instead applies complex network analysis to bibliographic metadata describing artist-led magazine publishing. We propose that there is a correlation between the magazine as a site of imagined community (as a discursive site where artistic scenes and poetic community are formed) (Allen, 12-17); and the complex networks visualized from metadata describing production teams and content of each printed issue (Knight, Long, Lincoln, Liu).

To read the rest of this paper, see this extract from the DH2018 book of abstracts: Tayler_Neugebauer_dh2018_abstracts

The entire collection of abstracts is also available.

Toronto’s Urban Imaginaries


Jon Johnson of First Story Toronto leads
Indigenous Roots and Routes Along the Humber River.
Image courtesy of Luis Jacob.

Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, I had the pleasure of leading a Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group at UofT, alongside Barbara Fischer and Elizabeth Legge. The official description of the Group is up on the JHI site, but in response to questions I have had, I’ve list a more detailed description our activities here.

A series of eight meetings took place as public and invitational events working through different presentation formats, with a rotating attendance. At each meeting, core group members were complemented by invited guests including graduate students, scholars, members of community arts organizations, and major public galleries and museums.

September 19. Introductory Show-and-Tell.
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Presenters: Felicity Tayler outlined the goals, objectives and methods to generate interdisciplinary debate within the group over a series of eight meetings-as-events. Barbara Fisher addressed successes and “lessons learned” from the 2015 This is Paradise conference. Rosemary Donegan, Theresa Enright, Elizabeth Legge, Janine Marchessault, Scott Rayter, Dot Tuer, Rinaldo Walcott each presented physical objects and conceptual issues that they would respond to, and work through, in the context of the group.

October 28. Indigenous Roots and Routes along the Humber River.
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This meeting took place as a public event, promoted through the JHI mailing list. Scholar and guide for First Story Toronto, Jon Johnson (French Canadian, with Haudenosaunee and Kichisipirini ancestry), led a walking tour that engaged Indigenous understandings of sovereignty, space, and place as it intersects with the urban geography and settler history of the GTA. Following the protocols of oral tradition, Johnson conveyed Anishinaabe knowledge to the group through a reading of ResurgeFirst Timeline (2017) murals painted by Philip Cote (with Kwest, Nelly Torossian, and Jarus).

November 14. Round Table: Whose Voice? Politics and Identity.
Attendance: 20
Presenters: Andrea Fatona, Rinaldo Walcott, Felicity Tayler
Respondent: Dot Tuer Continue reading

Finding Fireweed

Presented at the Collections Thinking conference 14 June 2018, Concordia University.

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This paper looked at early issues of Fireweed: A Women’s Literary and Cultural Journal as a way into thinking about collecting and collection practices on two registers: Part 1, addressed the magazine as a medium for collecting material in a particular temporal moment, and Part 2, discussed the subsequent act of indexing, or gathering the metadata for the magazine, as another instance of collecting, with a disjunctive temporal relationship to past technologies and organizing practices.