Please join us for a talk by Dr. Rachel Hendery, Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at Western Sydney University, Australia, who will be joining us as a visiting researcher at the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory at UVic.

The talk will be held in the Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library in room A314 (the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory) from 3:00-4:00pm on Wednesday, January 8.

Title: Mapping and Modelling Australia’s Pacific Past

Abstract: In this talk, I will present some ideas from the project Waves of Words: Mapping and modelling Australia’s Pacific Past. In this project, we are attempting to discover new visual analysis methods for integrating linguistic, anthropological, and archaeological data to better understand the precolonial history of the Asia-Pacific region. While working with members of local First Peoples communities to explore less colonial approaches to mapping, we have developed a number of prototypes that could be adapted where appropriate for other projects as well.

Dr. Rachel Hendery is the Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at Western Sydney University, Australia. Her background is in linguistics, and her research mainly focuses on how digital tools and techniques allow us to research language contact and change in new ways. She also co-directs the Intergener8 Living Lab within the Institute for Culture and Society at WSU.