The CRKN Researcher Council (RC) provides advice and recommendations to the CRKN Board of Directors as CRKN prepares large scale, multidisciplinary funding applications (e.g., a CFI innovation Fund application) that will support a world-class research platform that enables transformational research and discovery of cultural and heritage content.
The CRKN RC also provides recommendations to the CRKN Board of Directors and other standing committees to ensure that CRKN’s heritage tools and services are driven by researcher priorities and needs. The CRKN RC ensures that new enhancements to the Canadiana platform enable research and increase the use of the Canadiana collection as research data.
The RC is established by and reports to the CRKN Board of Directors pursuant to section 12 of the Corporation’s By-laws. Additionally, the RC may provide advice and recommendations to the Preservation and Access Committee as needed.
Dr. Alyssa Arbuckle is the Associate Director of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria, where she is Operational Lead for the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership and a co-facilitator of its Connection cluster, as well as a Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). Alyssa also holds an Interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Victoria, focusing on open social scholarship and its implementation. Currently, she explores open access, digital publishing, and how we can share academic research more broadly. To this end, Alyssa’s work has appeared in Digital Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, and Scholarly and Research Communication, among other venues, and she has co-edited print and online book collections titled Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities and Feminist War Games?: Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values, and Interventional Games.
Dr. Jennifer Bain is a Professor of Musicology and Associate Vice President Research at Dalhousie University. She directs the Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission (DACT) network, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. Her publications focus on the development of digital chant research tools and the reception and analysis of medieval music including the music of Guillaume de Machaut and Hildegard of Bingen. Named to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, she has received numerous grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and holds a Digital Research Alliance research platforms and portals allocation to host digital repositories and databases on medieval music.
Sabeen bin Zayyad is a recent PhD graduate in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. Prior to going back to school, Sabeen worked in the engineering, procurement, construction and oil and gas industries.
With research focused on the Arab Gulf region, Sabeen has published papers on the impact of architectural and urban developments on the cities of the Gulf and the notion of smart cities in the region. Her interdisciplinary research addresses the disconnect between Western-inspired and vernacular designs and how they contribute to and shape the architectural and urban development of cities in the Arab Gulf region through contextual frameworks. Other research interests also include the promotion of smart cities in the region, the use of heritage as a platform for socio-economic development and the documentation and preservation of the built environment.
Sabeen has also served as a member of the new urban agenda committee with the Canadian Institute of Planners and as a peer-reviewer on post-secondary learning and teaching.
Dan Brown is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. He earned his S.B. in mathematics with computer science from MIT, and his PhD in computer science from Cornell. He was a Research Scientist at the MIT/Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research (now the Broad Institute), working on the human and mouse genome projects.
His research is alarmingly multidisciplinary, ranging from developing algorithms to build evolutionary trees and analyze genomic sequences to computationally characterizing rap artists by their rhyming style to analyzing the meaning of “diverse” to music listeners to building computational poets inspired by the news. He’s always looking for the next fun thing to work on.
Dan has also served in a number of administrative roles at Waterloo, from running his School’s 3500-student undergraduate program to being president of the faculty association for the 2020-2021 pandemic year.
Maxime Gohier is professor of history at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and a specialist in First Nations history. His research focuses in particular on the relations between the Native peoples of the American Northeast and the State (French and British colonial, then Canadian), as well as on the place and role of the written word and the archive in the structuring of these relations. Since 2019, he has been directing Nouvelle-France numérique (Digital New France), a partnership and collaborative project that studies the mechanisms of documentary production and its networks of actors in New France. Exploiting the Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology, the project also seeks to develop new practices for managing archival research data, in order to facilitate their large-scale sharing and to enable the use of digital technologies in the analysis of documentary heritage. Over the past three years, this project has developed the first efficient public recognition models adapted to 17th and 18th century French manuscripts. It also trained numerous researchers in the humanities and social sciences, students and professionals in the conservation of documentary heritage (archivists and librarians) in handwriting recognition software.
A member of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Première Modernité (CIREM 16/18) and of the Regroupement des chercheurs en patrimoine de l'UQAR (ARCHIPEL), he is also associated with the projects Donner le goût de l'archive à l'ère numérique, Écrire l'Amérique dans le Mercure galant and Les collections du Séminaire de Québec : cerceau de la civilisation canadienne. In collaboration with these different projects teams, Maxime Gohier has organized the first edition of the Summer School on Digital Culture and Research Data Management as well as the History and Digital Culture workshop, both held in Rimouski in June 2022 on the theme "Maritime New France".
Jane Griffith is an assistant professor in the School of Professional Communication at Toronto Metropolitan University, where she teaches writing. She is the author of the award-winning book Words Have a Past: The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding Schools (University of Toronto Press). She has researched archives and settler colonialism, and currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant in support of research for her second book on the histories of professional communication, public relations, and hydroelectricity. Jane is a past Fulbright scholar.
Jeremy Heil has been the Digital and Private Records Archivist at Queen’s University Archives since 2001. He holds a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia (2000). Prior to working at Queen’s, he was employed as an archivist with the Chung Collection in Vancouver, and in the Private Records Section of the Provincial Archives of Alberta. He has served on numerous committees locally, provincially, and nationally, including terms as President of the Archives Association of Ontario and as Managing Editor of Archivaria. He has taught workshops on digital records and metadata in archives and presented papers on various topics related to digital archives over the past 20 years. He is a collaborator with the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen’s University, as well as with the Queen’s Wicked Ideas-funded project “Will Digital Art Have a Digital Future?: The Challenges of Preserving and Restoring Digital Born Cultures.” He recently completed his term as Co-Chair of the National Archival Appraisal Board Ad Hoc Committee for the Monetary Appraisal of Electronic Records, which resulted in the report Dollars for Digital: Evaluating Strategies for the Monetary Appraisal of Digital Content in Archival Donations. He continues to research on the challenges relating to the monetary appraisal of digital records.
Dan Malleck is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Brock University and the director of Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies. He a medical historian specializing in drug and alcohol regulation and policy, and has published books and articles on that topic including Try to Control Yourself: The regulation of public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario (UBC Press 2012) which won the Canadian Historical Association’s 2013 Clio Prize for Ontario history; When Good Drugs go Bad: Opium, medicine, and the origins of Canada’s drug laws (UBC Press, 2015); and Liquor and the Liberal State: Drink and order before prohibition (UBC Press, 2022). He is the co-editor, with Cheryl Warsh, of Consuming Modernity: Gendered behaviour and consumerism before the baby boom (UBC Press, 2013) and Pleasure and Panic: New Essays on the history of alcohol and drugs (UBC Press 2022) and editor of the four-volume primary source collection Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction in the Long Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2020). He contributes to the current discussions on cannabis legalization, the opioid crisis, and liquor laws, using historically grounded analysis to provide insight into current issues. When not writing articles for mass consumption, he is trying to complete an ever expanding history of the pharmacy profession in Canada.
Sheila Petty is professor of media studies and SaskPower Research Chair in Cultural Heritage at the University of Regina. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she has written extensively on issues of cultural representation, identity and nation in African and African diasporic screen media, and has curated film, television and digital media exhibitions for art galleries across Canada. She is author of Contact Zones: Memory, Origin and Discourses in Black Diasporic Cinema, and co-editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Africa. Her research program focuses on manifestations of cultural heritage in screen media, especially sub-Saharan African, North African and Amazigh cinemas. Her latest project, funded through New Frontiers in Research Fund, investigates methodologies for decolonizing film festival research in a post-pandemic world. She is currently completing a book on Algerian feminist filmmaker, Habiba Djahnine (Edinburgh University Press).
Dr. Colleen Renihan is an Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar in Music Theatre and Opera at Queen's University. Dr. Renihan’s research considers aspects of contemporary opera and operatic culture in Canada and the United States through various interdisciplinary lenses. Author of The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History (Routledge, 2020), her work has been published in a variety of edited collections and journals, including, most recently, the journals twentieth century music; The Journal of the Society for American Music; Music, Sound, and the Moving Image; The University of Toronto Quarterly, The Journal of Singing, and The Journal of Music, Health, and Well-Being. She is engaged in collaborative research projects with researchers in Music, Theatre, Rehabilitation Therapy, and Cultural Studies, and currently serves as a Co-PI on SSHRC-Insight, SSHRC-NFRF, and CFI-JELF grants where she examines issues of access and engagement in virtual community music theatre initiatives.
Jada Watson is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. Principal Investigator of the SongData project (www.SongData.ca), Watson’s research program seeks to harness the potential of music industry metadata to explore how genre markets form, develop, and change over time. This research is funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been in a brief submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission in response to the National Association of Broadcasters’ proposal for further deregulation of radio, as well as in the Grammy Recording Academy’s Report on Inclusion and Diversity in the popular music industry. Research emerging from these grants appears in Popular Music & Society, Popular Music History, American Music Perspectives, as well as in a series of public reports published through SongData. In May 2022, she received the CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award, which recognizes her research and contributions to the digital humanities in Canada.