Modernist Archives Publishing Project

MAPP is a critical digital archive of early twentieth century publishing history. Part open-access archival digitization initiative, part analytical and pedagogical experiment, the project begins with a resource for the study of Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press. I am a collaborator on this international project with colleagues Dr Alice Staveley and Dr Mike Widner (Stanford, US), Dr Helen Southworth (University of Oregon, US), Dr Elizabeth Willson Gordon (King's University, Canada) and Dr Nicola Wilson (University of Reading, UK). Participating libraries and institutions include the University of Reading's Special Collections; Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta; Washington State University Libraries; the E.J. Pratt Library at the University of Toronto; Stanford University's Literary Lab and Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). The resource launched on the occasion of the Hogarth Press's 100th birthday at the International Virginia Woolf Conference in 2017. Please visit:

Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud'homme -- A Rare Collection of Fakes

With Heather Jessup, I co-curated and co-directed a series of exhibitions and creative writing workshops that took place across Canada in 2019. The exhibitions showcased rare items from a newly-discovered library of forged and faked books and archival documents. The workshops associated with the exhibitions will encourage writers and readers of all ages to use their imaginations as they enter archives and libraries in order to make new art of their own that responds to historical curiosities. The web exhibition and more about the project is now available at


A free open-access web companion for the book I co-wrote with Shawna Ross, Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Lecturers, and Students (Bloomsbury 2017). The web companion contains sample assignment sets, links to digital tools and resources, and annotated bibliographies for various topics in DH pedagogy. Its goal is to share practical resources for fun and productive digital experiments in the classroom. The web companion was built in Scalar, an open-access tool for building digital book companions and other media-rich scholarly resources, designed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture. Please visit

Open Modernisms

Open Modernisms is a Creative-Commons-licensed resource that allows teachers and scholars to build custom anthologies of out-of-copyright primary materials. It uses a custom-built Islandora module to host a library of documents from which users can select and rearrange in whatever order they like; add their own notes and introductory or contextualizing materials; and output in a numbered sequence of files for digital distribution and/or printing. The site and its materials are open access, and the code for the site, based on already-existing open-source software, is hosted on Github for easy repurposing and distribution. The code can be adapted for any discipline.

Digital Pedagogy Network

I am a collaborator in the SFU-UVic Digital Pedagogy Network (DPN), which emphasises the exchange and mobilisation of knowledge and training between faculty, students, librarians, educational partners, and the general public in the field of digital research and learning. For more on the DPN and the newly founded Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) at SFU, please visit the website of the DHIL

Virginia Woolf and the World of Books & International Virginia Woolf Conference 2017

In June of 2017 I helped to co-organize the International Virginia Woolf Conference, "Virginia Woolf and the World of Books" held at the University of Reading. It was a delightful occasion featuring keynote lectures by Ted Bishop, Susheila Nasta, Uzma Hameed, and Anna Snaith. Special conference events included a conversation on publishing between Nicola Beauman of Persephone Books and Clara Farmer of Chatto & Windus (and publisher of the new Hogarth Press imprint) an original interdisciplinary musical performance by Michiko Theurer, a letterpress workshop, a party to celebrate the Hogarth Press's 100th anniversary, the launch of the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), and an exhibition of new letterpress works on paper and archival materials at the University of Reading's Archive of British Publishing and Printing. I am currently co-editing the Selected Papers with Nicola Wilson (Virginia Woolf and the World of Books, Clemson UP and Liverpool UP 2018). Full details of the conference programme can be found at

Modernism and Collaboration

In 2015, Alexandra Peat and I co-organized a two-day conference at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland on the theme of modernism and collaboration. Our keynote speaker was Andrew Thacker who spoke about modernist bookshops. Alex and I are currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Literature and History on the same theme. The full conference program can be found here: 

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