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.
Kyle joined the lab in September 2022 as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow shortly after completing his PhD at USask. HHe applied for the fellowship with the lab out of a desire to collaborate with the lively and encouraging ETCL community he first met at DHSI in 2019.
For his postdoc project, “Prototyping the Network Edition: Theory and Praxis”, Kyle is developing a prototype digital edition that uses a social network visualization for its interface. He envisions that he will be able to use this model in his own work on sociability and John Donne (and Renaissance literature more broadly), but also hopes that others might adapt his prototype template to their own work as well.
When he is not working in the lab, Kyle can be found in UVic’s Department of English, where he is currently teaching part time. He is also an active member of several organizations and projects, including the editorial team of the open access Journal of the Northern Renaissance, the research team of the Canterbury Tales Project, the Social Network of Early Modern Collectors of Curiosities, and the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities.
Outside of work, Kyle’s usually either caught up in a book or tv show or enjoying Victoria’s beautiful landscape on a good hike accompanied by any kind of pastry, chocolate, or other dessert that would sate his sweet tooth. He loves everything from classic film and literature to the latest sci-fi and fantasy and has been having a great time exploring the trails of Vancouver Island since his arrival, but if he had to pick a few favourites, he might recommend The Last of Us (a current obsession) or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (a recent reread) after a day of hiking the East Sooke Coastal Trail.
Kyle also loves exploring the ideas and implications surrounding the concepts of friendship, sociability, and community! He often sits on YouTube–the best social media-ish app to him, to learn about a subject, a new skill, or just for fun. However, using a web browser extension he carefully blocks homepage and Autoplay recommendations to avoid unnecessary rabbit-holes.