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Jon Bath PhD Associate Professor, Art & Art History

Murray Building 191.3

Research Area(s)

  • Creating digital interfaces that learn from the best practices of the past
  • Analyzing the relationship between form and content in various media forms

About me

*Please note: I am not currently accepting graduate students. The U of S does not offer graduate degrees in Art History or Design.*

*I will be on sabbatical from July 2021 to June 2022 and am not teaching during this time.*

My field of specialization is the intersection between the digital humanities and the design of textual objects. Although all of my degrees are in English Literature studies, I focus very little on literature per se, and instead work in the fields of digital humanities, bibliography, book history, and design. Increasingly my interests involve the artistic side of design and the public-facing aspects of the visual arts. 

I am the PI for the SSHRC-funded Post-Digital Book Arts project and was a co-leader of the Modelling and Prototyping Team of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments  (INKE) project, a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative. I am a theme lead and on the Executive Board for the CFI-funded Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship (LINCS) project.

I co-edited Feminist War Games?: Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values, and Interventional Games with Jon Saklofske (Acadia) and Alyssa Arbuckle (Victoria) for Routledge (2020). I am working on two other books: Digital Humanities Databases, with Harvey Quamen (Alberta) for Texas A&M Press; and Coding the Crystal Goblet, a monograph on electronic interface design based upon my PhD dissertation on the history of book design (dissertation available here).


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Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • Jon Bath, Alyssa Arbuckle, Alex Christie, Constance Crompton, Ray Siemens, and the INKE team. "Futures of the Book" In Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, edited by Jentery Sayers. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Harvey Quamen, Jon Bath. "Digital Humanities Databases" In Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training and Research, edited by Constance Crompton, Richard Lane, and Ray Siemens, 145-162. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Bath, J, Scott Schofield and the INKE team. "The Digital Book" In Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book, edited by Leslie Howsam, 181-195. Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2015.
  • Brent Nelson, Jon Bath, Robert Imes and the INKE team. "Small Books, Small Screens: From the Phylactery to the Cellphone". Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51, 2 (2013)
  • Bath, J. "Tradition and Transparency: Why Book Design Still Matters in the Digital Age". Scholarly and Research Communication 1, 3 (2012)
  • Brent Nelson, Jon Bath and the INKE Research Team. "Old Ways for Linking Texts in the Digital Reading Environment: The Case of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible". Digital Humanities Quarterly 6, 2 (2012)
  • Alan Galey, Jon Bath, Rebecca Niles, Richard Cunningham, and the INKE team. "Imagining the Architectures of the Book: Textual Scholarship and the Digital Book Arts". Textual Cultures 7, 2 (2012): 20-42.
  • Bath, J. "Stanley Morison Against the Bauhaus". Hyphen – A Typographical Forum (2005): 35-42.

Teaching & Supervision

art history artist books design digital humanities electronic art graphic novels media history video games

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2011 - University of Toronto, BKS1002: Book History in Practice
  • 2011 - Eng 801: Bibliography and Textual Criticism
  • 2012 - Eng 801: Bibliography and Textual Criticism
  • 2013 - INCC898: The Book as Object
  • 2013 - Eng 801: Bibliography and Textual Criticism
  • 2014 - INCC898: The Book as Object
  • 2015 - ARTH251: Art of the Internet
  • 2016 - ARTH498: The Book as Object
  • 2016 - ARTH251: Art of the Internet
  • 2017 - INCC401: Digital Culture Capstone
  • 2017 - INTS111: Design and Society
  • 2017 - ARTH120: Art and Visual Culture I
  • 2017 - ARTH251: Art of the Internet
  • 2018 - ARTH451: The Book as Object
  • 2018 - INCC401: Digital Culture Capstone
  • 2018 - INTS111: Design and Scoiety
  • 2018 - ARTH120: Art and Visual Culture I
  • 2018 - INTS111 01: Design and Society
  • 2019 - ARTH121: Art and Visual Culture II
  • 2019 - ARTH451: The Book as Object
  • 2019 - INTS111 02: Design and Society
  • 2019 - ARTH120: Art and Visual Culture I
  • 2020 - ARTH121: Art and Visual Culture II
  • 2020 - ARTH251: Art of the Internet


book design digital humanities interface design media history research creation typography