Bridget Moynihan (Doctoral Funding: LLC College Research Award and Global Research Scholarship)

Thesis title: Digital Découpage: Exploring Ephemerality and Ethics through Archival Interfaces

Background

I have degrees in Sociology (BA. Hons., 2013) and English Literature (BA. Hons., 2013, MA, 2015) from the University of Calgary, leading to my current pursuit of a PhD in English Literature supervised by Dr. Anouk Lang at the University of Edinburgh. My PhD research focuses on interpreting the scrapbooks of Edwin Morgan, both through close-reading techinques and through digital humanities tools. In addition to my own dissertation, I am currently collaborating on a Carnegie Trust grant with Dr. Anouk Lang and PhD Candidate Jonathan Armoza on the project "Working from Scraps: Copyright and Materiality as Creative Constraints for Digitally Remediating the Morgan Scrapbooks."

Beyond research, I am a co-founder, editor, and writer for IncitingSparks.org, an interdisciplinary arts and humanties website. I also serve as a peer-reviewer for FORUM: The Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts at Edinburgh. I am currently employed as a tutor for English Literature 2 with the University of Edinburgh, a research assistant on the Edinburgh University Press's edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's works, and as a Library Advisor for the City of Edinburgh public libraries. I volunteer with the Digital Imaging Unit of the University of Edinburgh Library, where I work to enrich the metadata and context of digital artefacts. I serve as a co-organizer for the Forms of Knowledge conference taking place 7-8 November 2017. 

From December 2015-April 2016, I was employed as a PhD Intern working with EDINA and the Data Library to describe and make discoverable publicly-funded research data sets, and from October 2016-May 2017, I was as an evening assistant with the University of Edinburgh Library's Center for Research Collections (CRC). From September 2016-May 2017, I served as co-organizer for the English Literature Work in Progress seminar series, and as the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) 2nd year class representative for English Literature Postgraduate Students.

Undergraduate teaching

2017: Tutor for English Literature 2, First Semester (18th and 19th Century) (Department of English, University of Edinburgh)

2014: Teaching Assistant for English 205: Shakespeare (Department of English, University of Calgary)

2010-2012: Teaching Assistant for Managerial Accounting 323 over 6 semesters (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary)

Research summary

My doctoral research focuses on the scrapbooks of Scottish poet Edwin Morgan (1920-2010), which are held at the University of Glasgow Library Special Collections. My dissertation work interprets and theorizes the Morgan scrapooks through the practices of identity construction, visual poetics, and pre-digital information management that they display. Alongside this work, I am also developing digital interface prototypes based on the scrapbooks that are designed to explore the visual, sonic, and haptic dimensions of these texts. My work therefore seeks to merge the theoretical questions raised by the material and historical dimensions of scrapbooks with a digital praxis. While these prototypes will shed new light on the Morgan scrapbooks, I further argue that they can serve as a test case for experimenting with meaningful digital representations of other ephemeral archival collections.

My research thus broadly explores nineteenth- and twentieth-century print culture and book history, experimental poetics, archive management and digitization challenges, practices of information management, and digital humanities tools.

Past research interests

Prior to my dissertation work, I was a Research Assistant on the Stuff of Science Fiction project at the University of Calgary. This project focuses on a collection of handmade science-fiction anthologies created by Bob Gibson, an avid Canadian collector and fan who amassed over 40,000 pieces of science-fiction, fantasy, and other assorted literature. Our project worked with a subset of 72 anthologies from Gibson's collection that contained the earliest examples of nineteenth-century science fiction and thus offered insights into the development of the genre. The anthologies were digitized, entered into a custom-designed database, and visualized using a tool built by our team, called the Speculative W@nderverse. This tool aims to combine targeted searches with serendipitous discovery in order to increase awareness of what the Gibson collection has to offer and to illustrate the dynamic possibilities of visualization techniques in the representation of cultural collections. More information can be found at http://stuffofsciencefiction.ca or in our team's publications (see publication section of my profile).

Affiliated research centres

Current project grants

Carnegie Trust: Working from Scraps: Copyright and Materiality as Creative Constraints for Digitally Remediating the Morgan Scrapbooks (PI Dr. Anouk Lang [UoE], collaborating with Bridget Moynihan [UoE] and Jonathan Armoza [NYU], £7460, 2017-18)

Past project grants

Innovative Initiative Grant (University of Edinburgh). Co-applicant for Interdisciplinary Posters for an International Conference. 2017. £1245.

Cohort Development Fund (Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities). Co-applicant for Innovative Doctoral Training Event to host a research poster training workshop. 2017. £2000

Student Led Initiative Fund (Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh). Co-applicant with Matthew Tibble for maintaining and expanding the Arts and Humanities website IncitingSparks.org. 2016. £300

Student Led Initiative Fund (Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh). Co-applicant with Matthew Tibble for founding the Arts and Humanities website IncitingSparks.org. 2015. £200

Organiser

Co-Organizier of the Forms of Knowledge Conference, University of Edinburgh, 7-8 November 2017. Keynote: Sandra Laugier, Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Scientific Deputy Director at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/overlap/conference-autumn-2017/

 

Papers delivered

"Exploring Edwin Morgan's Scrapbooks and Concrete Poetry Through Eye Tracking". POSTER. Forms of Knowledge Overlap 2017, University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: 7 November 2017. 

"Looking Out to Move Ahead: Reading and Digitizing the 'Prismatic Fringes' of Archives". Canadian Society for Digital Humanites, Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto: 26 May - 2 June 2017. 

"Destabilizing Genres: The Science of Edwin Morgan’s Poetry". Messenger to the Stars Science Fiction and Fantasy International Conference. Lisbon: 16-18 November 2016. 

“Clippings from the Fringe: Interpreting the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Conference. Paris: 18-22 July 2016.

“Unpacking the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks.” Archival Uncertainties International Conference. British Library, London: 4 Apr. 2016.

“Data Visualizations and the Gibson Anthologies.” Modern Language Association’s Annual Conference. Vancouver: 8 Jan. 2015. Co-Presentation with Stefania Forlini and Uta Hinrichs

“Literary Mutations: Varieties of Science-Fictional Discourse: 1840-1899.” North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Western Ontario: 15 Nov. 2014. Co-Presentation with Stefania Forlini.

“The Stuff of Science Fiction: An Experiment in Literary History.” Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium. University of Victoria: 5 June 2014. Co-Presentation with Stefania Forlini.

“From Artwork to App: The Incorporation of the Digital in A Humument.” The Page: Visual and Material Literature Graduate Conference. University of Ottawa: 15 Mar. 2014.

“Marked Victories: Tracing the Scarred Material Record of Bruno Schulz.” Free-Exchange Graduate Conference. University of Calgary: 10 Mar. 2013.

“Tree of Codes: A Book Unbound.” Literary Eclectic VII Graduate Conference, Refereed. University of Regina: 22 Sept. 2012.

Stefania Forlini, Uta Hinrichs, and Bridget Moynihan. "The Stuff of Science Fiction: An Experiment in Literary History." Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ); Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium Special Issue, 2016.

Uta Hinrichs, Stefania Forlini and Bridget Moynihan. "Speculative Practices: Utilizing InfoVis to Explore Untapped Literary Collections." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings Visualization / Information Visualization, Oct. 2015), 22(1):429-438, 2016.