The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) engages in cross-disciplinary study of the past, present, and future of textual communication, and is a hub for digital humanities activities across the University of Victoria campus, from coast-to-coast, and around the world. With a mandate including research, teaching, and service activities, ETCL acts as an intellectual centre for the activities of some twenty local faculty, staff, and students as well as visiting scholars (over 60 since inception), who work closely with research centres, libraries, academic departments, and projects locally, regionally, and internationally. Through a series of highly collaborative relationships, ETCL’s international community comprises over 300 international researchers.

We’re a digital humanities lab with research, teaching, and service mandates. Recent doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in ETCL have gone on to academic and alternative academic positions at UBC Okanagan, Texas A&M, U Virginia, U Nebraska, U Pennsylvania, U Passau, Kings College London, among other institutions, in roles such as research chair, professor, librarian, software developer, solution architect, director of technology, project manager, professional writer, multimedia consultant, web designer, and director of research. Notable ETCL activities include:

[Research] Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE; INKE is a large, collaborative, targeted research intervention exploring the digital humanities, electronic scholarly communication, and the affordances of electronic text.  The international INKE team involves over 42 researchers and consultants, 53 graduate research assistants, 4 staff members, 19 postdoctoral fellows, and 30 partners and associates. A recent accomplishment of this group, further, has been to partner with the Federation, UVic and its Library, and the ETCL to appoint Christian Vandendorpe as UVic’s Honorary Wikipedian in Residence – an act that has served to bridge both academic communities on campus and, notably, the university and the communities it serves beyond the campus (details and links here).

[Teaching] Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI; The largest international digital humanities curriculum, DHSI is an ETCL-led pedagogical partnership of some 30 institutions and academic organizations plus an expanding international training network. For 2017 (June 5th-16th), DHSI welcomed over 850 faculty, staff, and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives communities — as well as independent scholars and participants from industry and government sectors — for 70 courses tied into our DH Graduate Certificate program, led by an instructional team of over 90.  DHSI’s alumni group is some 4000 large.

[Local Service] UVic Digital Humanities Discussion Groups and Speaker Series: The ETCL sponsors annual on-campus discussion groups that cover a range of topics and have involved nearly 100 researchers, graduate students, and affiliates since 2012. Our speaker series and training activities have brought several hundred faculty and graduate student speakers to our campus, including for our regular Nuts & Bolts discussion sessions and Brown Bag lunch presentation sessions. Our conference organization and outreach activities have brought the best of our work to the world. For more information, please navigate to our events and activities page.

For more information, please contact Ray Siemens, ETCL Director, at siemens[at]uvic[dot]ca / For general updates about ETCL-sponsored events, please subscribe to the ETCL mailing list at To connect with us on Twitter, please follow @ETCLatUvic.

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