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I have been an acquisitions editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press since 2006, where I acquire and develop manuscripts in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including film and media studies, literary studies, cultural studies and environmental studies. I also hold an MLIS and lecture in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where I have taught courses in publishing and media, and the organization of information. I have been a continuing member of the Library Relations Committee for the American Association of University Presses since its inception in 2010.
My interest in the digital humanities, and my contribution to this project, comes through my general interest in evolving forms of scholarly research and communication of that research, in print, digital and other media. I am currently organizing a conference (with co-organizers Janet Friskney, Research Officer, and Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian, both at York University) to be held at Wilfrid Laurier University titled Interrogating Access: Current and Future Directions for Scholarly Research and Communications in Canada, 14-16 February 2014.
My work in the environmental humanities is in my role as acquisitions editor responsible for Wilfrid Laurier University Press’ Environmental Humanities series, in conjunction with series editor Cheryl Lousley and our advisory board of Brett Buchanan, Adrian J. Ivakhiv, Cate Sandilands, Susie O’Brien, Laurie Ricou, and Rob Shields. The series description outlines our goal:
Environmental thought pursues with renewed urgency the grand questions of the humanities: who we think we are, how we relate to others, and how we live in the world. But unlike most humanities scholarship, it explores these questions by crossing the lines demarcating human from animal, social from material, and objects and bodies from techno-ecological networks. Humanistic accounts of political representation and ethical recognition are re-examined in consideration of other species. Social identities are studied in relation to conceptions of the natural, the animal, the bodily, place, space, landscape, risk, and technology, and in relation to the material distribution and contestation of environmental hazards and pleasures.
The Environmental Humanities series features research that adopts and adapts the methods of the humanities to clarify the cultural meanings associated with environmental debate. The scope of the series is broad: film, literature, television, web-based media, visual arts, and physical landscapes are all crucial sites for exploring how ecological relationships and identities are lived and imagined. The Environmental Humanities series publishes scholarly monographs and essay collections in environmental cultural studies, including popular culture, film, media, and visual cultures; environmental literary criticism; cultural geography; environmental philosophy, ethics, and religious studies; and other cross-disciplinary research that probes what it means to be human, animal, and technological in an ecological world.
Bringing research and writing in environmental philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, and literature under a single umbrella, the series aims to make visible the contributions of humanities research to environmental studies, and to foster discussion that challenges and re-conceptualizes the humanities.