Joanne Leow has been awarded a SSHRC grant
for her project on urban ecologies.

Water, Sand, Steel, and Glass: Urban Ecologies and Literary Speculations

Joanne Leow

SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2017

Dr. Joanne Leow’s two-year project will explore how “nature” is constructed in hypermodern urban sites through their ecologies, and their literary and cultural forms. This multi-site study will examine contemporary cultural and literary texts in conjunction with urban developments in three global, port cities: Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vancouver. These texts will be read in tandem with hyper-modern coastal developments in all three cities that seek to emulate the natural world. The investigation will ask: How have new urban ecologies been constructed and how do literary and cultural forms anticipate or perhaps become retrograde because of these new developments? What alternatives or possibilities are imagined by these texts?

Topographies of Literature in 18th-century London, A Social Edition

Allison Muri

SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017

Dr. Allison Muri's four-year project will develop a digital “social edition” of 18th-century London as a network of documents with social, spatial, and textual or artistic relationships. It aims to demonstrate how we might reconceive scholarly editions, and in particular, how a digital environment for reading, annotating, and establishing connections between books, text, images, and maps can establish a framework for editions based on networks and spatial relationships of literature and culture. This research builds on earlier work on “The Grub Street Project” funded by SSHRC and CFI. The edition will ultimately link four main categories of information: printed publications, people, places, and trades. 

Buffalo Stories of the International Buffalo Treaty

Tasha Hubbard
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2016

The goal for Dr. Tasha Hubbard's research project is to raise buffalo consciousness in the northern plains. According to Dr. Leroy Little Bear and other Indigenous elders, the health of both the land and Indigenous communities is dependent on renewing the relationship with the buffalo. The project will explore how the use of digital media can assist in that goal. The research goal is two-fold: to follow the long-term evolution of the Buffalo Treaty, recently signed between ten Indigenous Nations; and to record and respectfully disseminate these Nations’ stories of the buffalo, with the participation and guidance of the Nations’ elders and knowledge keepers. Dr. Little Bear and Amethyst First Rider are the emissaries of the Buffalo Treaty and are collaborators on this project.

Medieval Codes

Yin Liu
SSHRC Insight Grant, 2014

Dr. Yin Liu won a SSHRC grant in 2014 for her project, “Medieval Codes.” By drawing on case studies from medieval English writing, the project explores ways in which medieval textualities created the initial environment for information processing in Western societies. For more information, see

English Manuscript Sermons and Sermon Notes 1530-1715: Interpreting the Archive

Brent Nelson (collaborator)
SSHRC Insight Grant, 2014

Along with co-applicant Anne James (University of Regina), collaborator Jon Bath (University of Saskatchewan), and Principle Investigator Jeanne Shami (University of Regina), Dr. Brent Nelson is a collaborator on a SSHRC-funded project entitled “English Manuscript Sermons and Sermon Notes 1530-1715: Interpreting the Archive.” Next year’s funding will allow an M.A. student from the University of Saskatchewan to work on the project. Dr. Nelson is also a collaborating network investigator on GRAND-NCE (, which supports the Digital Humanities project (

The Canterbury Tales, Phase 2

Peter Robinson
SSHRC Insight Grant, 2014

Dr. Peter Robinson, appointed to the Reginald Bateman Professorship, is currently at work on a five-year SSHRC-funded project on The Canterbury Tales. Professor Robinson aims to complete the transcription of all 88 manuscripts and pre-1500 printed editions of the Canterbury Tales: some 30,000 manuscript pages in all. To achieve this aim, his project will deploy crowd-sourcing techniques across some fourteen transcription teams in North American and Europe. 

The Note Books of a Woman Alone

Ella Ophir
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2013

In 2013, Dr. Ella Ophir received a two-year SSHRC grant for a digital edition of The Note Books of a Woman Alone, the personal notebooks of a British single woman living in London between 1914 and 1934. Dr. Ophir’s work on this rare book promises to shed light on the life of an unmarried woman in the early twentieth century. View the book here.

Database, Hardware and Services Infrastructure for the Creation of Textual Communities, as a Base for Research into Large Textual Traditions

Peter Robinson and Brent Nelson
Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund (CFI), 2012

Peter Robinson (English), Frank Klaassen (History), and Brent Nelson (English) are harnessing computer technology to develop online communities of scholars to allow access to a wide range of literary texts for study. There are, for example, 84 manuscripts and early printed texts of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, more than 800 manuscripts of Dante's Commedia, and 5,000 of the Greek New Testament. The initiative will create a new model of research partnership among scholars in universities everywhere.

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Social, Digital, Scholarly Editing

Peter Robinson
SSHRC Connection Grant, 2012

Aboriginal Writing in Community Context: The Dissemination of a New Edition of Lydia Campbell's Sketches of Labrador Life by a Labrador woman

Kristina Fagan
SSHRC Public Outreach Grants - Aboriginal Research, 2011

This project will make the complete text of Lydia Campbell’s autobiography available for the first time since its original publication and will place it in the context of her significance to the people of Labrador.  Moreover, it will make this new edition and contextual material widely available to Labradorians through the use of a website, museum exhibit, and educational package.

Connecting Aboriginal Literatures and Community Service-Learning

Nancy Van Styvendale
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2011

The Grub Street Project

Allison Muri
SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2010

"The Grub Street Project" ( is a collection of online zoomable maps and electronic editions from books and prints of 18th-century London. The intent of this project is to create a new resource to examine and display the literary and cultural topography of 18th-century London. This open-access publication will enable researchers to search and visualize the city's history and literature in ways previously impossible. The project will create a unique venue to display both the actual communications and trade networks of the city, from author to bookseller to reader, and the imaginary topography of the city as depicted by its own "high culture" poets and historians and "low culture" Grub Street hacks.

Animating the Mi'kmaw Humanities

Len Findlay
SSHRC Aboriginal Research Grant, 2010

"Animating the Mi'kmaw Humanities" is a transdisciplinary, intercultural project undertaken in collaboration with University of Saskatchewan scholars Marie Battiste (Education), Lynne Bell (Art & Art History), Isobel Findlay (Social Enterprises), and James Youngblood Henderson (Native Law). The team will study the teachings, oral traditions, art, and other aspects of the humanities of the Mi'kmaw of Atlantic Canada. It will be working with Mi'kmaw communities, schools, and colleges, and with universities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick where the recognition of Indigenous knowledge systems is nominal at best.