This post is part of the Meet the ETCL Team series, which introduces the wonderful people who work in the lab and who have worked with us in the past.

Bernardo joins the lab for three months as a Visiting Scholar from the Pontifical University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Brazil, where he teaches and practices creative writing. As part of a postdoctoral fellowship, Bernardo is writing a grant application to create a digital humanities lab at PUCRS, and is observing the workings of the ETCL during his visit here.

Bernardo’s research into DH postdoc opportunities led him to UVic and to the lab specifically. He was interested in studying an English-speaking centre and curious to visit Canada, and was intrigued by the events and activities centred in the lab and UVic’s Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC), especially DHSI.

A typical day in the lab for Bernardo includes working on the proposal, focusing on how to adapt his observations of the lab to the context of his home institution. He also supervises MA and PhD students remotely and checks in on other work from home. He attends all relevant workshops offered by the DSC and across campus as part of his research, and also liaises with other departments as an ambassador for PUCRS.

When he’s not working, reading, or doing creative writing, Bernardo enjoys exploring Victoria with his partner and three children. Their favourite activity is ice skating together, something they don’t do in Brazil, but driving in the snow home from a trip to Mount Washington was their scariest experience.

Bernardo especially enjoys the lab’s daily tea and collaborative puzzle breaks, but his favourite thing about working in the lab is how welcoming it is—it feels like working among friends.