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.

Raey joined the lab in September 2023 as a Digital Scholarship Fellow. They are currently developing trauma-informed methods for social media communication in collaborative, arts-based research.

Raey’s research interests encompass collaborative drawing-based methodologies, communication strategies for digital advocacy in research, and the development of creative archives. In their role as Media Ethics Lead at the Visual Stories Lab in the Anthropology department, and as the Digital Communications Lead for the “Visual Storytelling and Graphic Art in Genocide and Human Rights” project in the Germanic and Slavic Studies department at UVic, they are actively engaged in several graphic design and digital communication initiatives. A tool Raey could not do without is the Procreate app which supports much of their digital drawing and design work.

Outside of their research endeavours, Raey has a passion for reading. One of their favorite book series is The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells which explores the personhood and many varied identity crises of non-human sentient beings. On their days off, Raey enjoys wandering by the ocean, exploring Victoria’s food scene, and attending shows at the Royal. They also pursue many creative projects in their leisure time, including drawing, music, and textile crafts.