I am Professor of English at the Université de Montréal. Trained as a Romanticist at Oxford and a specialist of Leigh Hunt, I have been involved in electronic publications and digital humanities for over twenty years. I am the founding editor of the SSHRC-funded electronic peer-reviewed journal, Romanticism on the Net (founded in 1996 in Oxford and hosted on the Érudit platform since 2002), which expanded into the Victorian period in 2007 and changed its name to Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN). With Marcello Vitali-Rosati, I launched an innovative collection entitled “Parcours numériques” in the spring of 2014, which includes our volume Manuel des pratiques de l’édition numérique. I am also the founding director of the “Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques” (launched in 2013). I was appointed co-director of NINES in March 2017.
I am the current Director of Research Dissemination of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (renewed for a second term, 2017-2019). I am also the secretary of the francophone DH association Humanistica (2016-2019), and the past President of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (for which I served as President (French) from 2009 to 2015, and past president 2015-2016). I was also the president of the CFI-funded project Synergies: The Canadian Information Network for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2007-2012).
I am a founding member of the steering committee of COVE (Central Online Victorian Educator), Nines (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship), and of the Executive Council of the North American Victorian Studies Association. I am a former research associate and member of the scientific committee of the Centre de Recherche sur l’Intermédialité, based at the Université de Montréal. I was also an elected member of the Modern Language Association committee on Information Technology, and of the advisory board of the North American Society for the Studies of Romanticism. I am the past treasurer of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association, and past secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals.
I was the team leader of the FQRSC-funded research project “Technologies, Media, and Representations in Nineteenth-Century France and England“. The two years of funding from the Soutien aux équipes de recherche – Équipe en émergence program allowed for a series of informal meetings and four 2-day workshops between 2009 and 2011 for all the members of our team (17 researchers from Canada, the US, and the UK).
Over the last fifteen years that I have worked at the Université de Montréal, I have been invited to lecture on Romantic authors and on my work on digital humanities at various universities in North America and Europe, including Columbia University, University of Washington, Victoria University, University of Oxford, University of New Brunswick, University of Iowa, Concordia University, University of Calgary, University of Toronto, Université de Lausanne, Université Laval, University of Guelph, Ryerson University, and Dalhousie University. I was a plenary speaker at the annual Jane Austen conference in Montreal in June 2003, the conference “Home & Abroad: Transnational England, 1750-1850” in Oxford in July 2006, and the day-conference on “Littérature et résonances médiatiques” at Concordia University in April 2013.
Over the years I have co-organized several conferences and workshops, including the 2005 joint meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and the International Gothic Association “Deviance and Defiance“, the 2006 meeting of the Center for Research on Intermediality “Adaptation(s): Transfers and Society“, the 2010 North American Victorian Studies Association conference “Victorian Scale & Perspective“, the 2011 ICR conference “Reinventing Romanticism“, as well as a SSHRC-funded workshop on cyberinfrastructures in the spring of 2012. Another SSHRC-funded workshop entitled “1813-1815 Revisited: Two Years in and Around Leigh Hunt and Robert Southey”, co-organized with Tim Fulford, took take place in Montréal in September 2013 and resulted in a collection of essays The Regency Revisited (Palgrave, 2016). I also organized a colloquium at the 2014 ACFAS congress entitled at Concordia University entitled “Repenser le numérique au 21ème siècle“, which resulted in a special issue of Sens public. I was one of the organizers of “Humanités numériques 2015: Identités, Pratiques et Théories” that took place in Montreal in August 2015. In 2017, Stéfan Sinclair, Cecily Raynor, Dominic Forest and I will be hosting the annual international conference organized by ADHO “DH 2017: Access/Accès“.