CV – Lai-Tze Fan

Last updated May 2020.

   


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

12/2018 +     Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Digital Media, Tenure Stream
Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo, Canada.

08/2017 – 08/2018     Assistant Professor of Digital Culture & Narrative, Tenure Stream Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

08/2016 – 08/2017     Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Milieux Institute of Technology, Arts, & Culture; Department of English; TAG Lab, Concordia University, Canada.


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Communication and Culture, York University & Ryerson University, Canada.
Dissertation: “Pre | Digital Liminalities: A Hermeneutics of the Intermedial and Materiality in the Print Intermedial Novel” (Awarded the Provost Dissertation Prize)

Committee: Monique Tschofen, Markus Reisenleitner, Caitlin Fisher
External Examiner: Rita Raley (U California, Santa Barbara)

Ph.D. Researcher (2015 – 2016), Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.

M.A. English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

B.A. English, Honours, York University, Canada.


MAJOR RESEARCH POSITIONS

09/2019 +     Faculty Researcher, Waterloo Data Science Institute (WatDiv). University of Waterloo, Canada.

04/2019 +     Faculty, Graduate Diploma in Computational Data Analytics for the Social Sciences & Humanities (CDASH). University of Waterloo, Canada.

12/2018 +     Core Researcher, Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Canada.

12/2018 +     Faculty Researcher, Games Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada.

10/2016 – 04/2018     Research Lead of Narrative Design; Co-Director of Funding, International Breathing Games Commons, Canada and Switzerland.


RESEARCH FUNDING

[11] PI (sole applicant): SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2020 – 2022.
    Project: “Unseen Hands: A Material History of the Gendered Design of Technologies from Typewriters to AI Virtual Assistants.” 45,231 CAD.

[10] PI (sole applicant): University of Waterloo/SSHRC Explore Seed Grant, 2019.
    Project: “Unseen Hands: A Material History of Women and Technoculture in 20th/21st C Writing Machines.” 7000 CAD.

[9] PI (sole applicant): Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Grant, 2018 – 2020.
    Project: “Unseen Hands: A Material History of Women and Technoculture in 20th/21st C Writing Machines.” 300,000 HKD (50,200 CAD).

[8] PI (sole applicant): Lingnan University Faculty Research Grant, 2017 – 2018.
    Project: “Unseen Hands: A Material History of Women Technoculture in 20th/21st C Writing Machines.” 50,000 HKD (8300 CAD).

[7] PI (sole applicant): Lingnan University Outcomes-Based Education Fund, 2017.
    Project: “Digital Making & Practice: A Pedagogical Initiative for Long-Term Technological Training, Sustainability, & Impact.” 10,000 HKD (1650 CAD).

[6] Co-Investigator: CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Research Patient-Oriented Collaboration Grant, 2017 – 2019.
    Project: “The Right to Breathe Freely: Co-Creation of Free/Libre Play-Based Self-Management Mobile App and Home Flow Meter with Patients, Clinicians and Citizens to Foster Respiratory Health and Prevent Chronic Respiratory Diseases.” 22,530 CAD.

[5] Co-Investigator: Concordia University Alumni Association Fund, 2017.
    Project: “Breathing Games: Respiratory Health Knowledge through Interactive Games and Storytelling.” 1000 CAD.

[4] Co-Investigator: Concordia University Sustainability Action Fund, 2016 – 2017.
    Project: “Breathing Games: Accessible and Adaptable Respiratory Health Knowledge through Interactive Storytelling.” 7800 CAD.

[3] Co-Investigator: Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Grant, 2016 – 2017.
    Project: “Breathing Games for Patients, Clinicians, and Citizens: Collaborative Respiratory Health Knowledge through Interactive Games and Storytelling.” 5390 CAD.

[2] Collaborator: Concordia University Council of Student Life Fund, 2016.
    Project: “Breathing Games: Respiratory Health Knowledge through Collaborative Design and Interactive Games.” 4500 CAD.

[1] Collaborator: Concordia University Graduate Community Fund, 2016.
    Project: “Breathing Games: Respiratory Health Knowledge through Collaborative Design and Interactive Games and Storytelling.” 3000 CAD.

    Declined due to institution change.


OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

[2] PI: BIDA: BIPOC in the Digital Arts, with Neha Ravella. Digital repository and online research environment. 11/2019, in progress.

[1] Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Greening Narrative: Locative Media in Global Environments, Milieux Institute of Technology, Arts, & Culture; Department of English; TAG Lab. Concordia University, Canada. PI: Jill Didur. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. Fellowship 08/2016 – 08/2017; project in progress.


MAJOR AWARDS AND HONOURS

[3] Electronic Literature Organization: Fellowship, 2019. 500 USD.

[2] International Alliance of Digital Humanities Organzation (ADHO): Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize, 2015. 500 GBP.

[1] York University: Provost Dissertation Prize, 2014. 21,000 CAD; 7000 in kind.

For additional awards and honours, please see below.


PUBLICATIONS

Edited Books
[1] Post-Digital: Critical Debates from electronic book review volume 2, edited by Joseph Tabbi and co-edited by Jan Baetens, R.M. Berry, David Ciccoricco, Lai-Tze Fan, Davin Heckman, Robert Cashin Ryan, Laura Shackelford, and Brooks Sterritt. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Edited Special Issues of Refereed Journals
[2] “Critical Making, Critical Design,” edited by Lai-Tze Fan. Double issue: electronic book review (scholarship) and the digital review (born-digital art and literature). Forthcoming 2021.

[1] “Deconstructing Canadian Digital Poetics,” edited by Dani Spinosa and Lai-Tze Fan. electronic book review. Forthcoming 2020.

Refereed Journal Articles
[7] Didur, Jill and Lai-Tze Fan. “Between Landscape and the Screen: Locative Media, Transitive Reading, and Environmental Storytelling.” Media Theory vol. 2, no. 1, 2018, pp. 79-107. Special issue: “Geospatial Memory.”

[6] Fan, Lai-Tze. “On the Value of Narratives in a Reflexive Digital Humanities: Towards Representing Figurative Meaning in the Database.” Digital Studies/Le champ numérique vol. 8, no. 1, 2018, pp. 1-29.

[5] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Material Matters in Digital Representation: Tree of Codes as a Literature of Disembodiment.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal vol. 51, no. 1, 2018, pp. 37-53.

[4] Lao, Mary Grace, Priya Rehal, Andrea Luc, Anthony Jeethan, and Lai-Tze Fan. “Navigating Racialized Spaces in Academia: Critical Reflections from a Roundtable.” COMMposite vol. 19, no. 3, 2017, pp. 59-68.

[3] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Writing while Wandering: Material and Spatial Contingency in Locative Media Narratives.” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies vol. 23, no. 1, 2017, pp. 5-19. Special Issue: “Writing Digital: Practice, Performance, Theory.”

[2] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Moving through the Narrative: Spatial Form Theory and the Space of Electronic Literature.” The Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media vol. 21, 2012, n.p. Special issue: “Digital Cartography: Screening Space.”

[1] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Formula and ‘Fixity’ in South Slavic Oral Epics: A defense of South Slavic poetic verse against literary accusations of mechanicalism.” TranscUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies vol. 1, no. 4, 2011, pp. 47-62. Special issue: “Slavic Literatures across Time and Space.”

Refereed Book Chapters
[6] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Digital Nature.” Nature and Literary Studies, edited by Peter Remien and Scott Slovic. Series: “Cambridge Critical Concepts,” Cambridge University Press, 20 pp. Forthcoming.

[5] Fan, Lai-Tze. “e-Waste Peep Show: A Research-Creation Project on the (In)visibility of Technological Waste.” Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene, edited by Geoffrey Rockwell, Chelsea Miya, and Oliver Rossier, Open Book Publishers, 15 pp. Forthcoming.

[4] Tschofen, Monique, Nataleah Hunter-Young, Lai-Tze Fan, and Dan Browne. “Reforming Critique: Critical Making as Method and Practice.” Comparative Literature in Canada: Issues of Scholarship, Pedagogy and Publishing in the Contemporary Conjuncture, edited by Susan Ingram and Irene Sywenky, Lexington Books, 2019, pp. 135-157.

[3] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Symbiotic Authorship: A Comparative Textual Criticism of AI-Generated and Human-Edited Poetry.” ReRites: Responses, edited by Stephanie Strickland, Anteism, 2019, pp. 57-64.

[2] Fan, Lai-Tze. “The Digital Intensification of Postmodern Poetics.” The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel, edited by Tim Lanzendörfer, Lexington Books, 2016, pp. 35-55.

[1] Fan, Lai-Tze. “Converging Media and Modes: Digital Textuality and the Dissolution of Media Borders in Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts.” Convergence Culture Reconsidered: Media, Participation, Environments, edited by Claudia Georgi and Brigitte Johanna Glaser, University of Göttingen Press, 2015, pp. 209-20.

Digital Creative Writing
[1] Fan, Lai-Tze and Nick Montfort. “Dial,” digital poem. The New River: A Journal of Digital Art and Literature Spring 2020, n.p., 4 May 2020.

Book Reviews
[3] Review of Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema, by Aaron Tucker. MediaTropes vol. 7, no. 2, 2020, pp. 209-13. Solicited.

[2] Review of across & beyond – A Transmediale Reader on Post-Digital Practices, Concepts and Institutions, edited by Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing, Jussi Parikka, and Elvia Wilk. Theory, Culture and Society, 2018, n.p. Refereed.

[1] Review of Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada vol. 55, no. 1, 2017, pp. 136-139. Solicited.

Non-Refereed Scholarship
[6] Encyclopedia entry: Fleck, Alexander, Jason Lajoie, and Lai-Tze Fan. “New Media.” The Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory, edited by Martin Kreiswirth, Imre Szeman, Cymene Howe, Andrew Pendakis, and Valerie Uher, Johns Hopkins University Press, 10 pp. Forthcoming. Solicited.

[5] Annotated Bibliography: Fan, Lai-Tze. “A Selective Annotated Bibliography for Further Reading.” Post-Digital: Critical Debates from electronic book review, edited by Joseph Tabbi et al., Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, pp. 429-434. Solicited.

[4] Essay: Fan, Lai-Tze. “How to Write an Academic Cover Letter.” Hook & Eye, 5 Oct 2018. Solicited. Re-posted 8 Oct 2019.

[3] Encyclopedia entry: Fan, Lai-Tze. “Gary Shteyngart.” Critical Survey of American Literature, edited by Steven G. Kellman, Salem Press, Grey House Publishing, 2016, 8 pp. Solicited.

[2] Short article: Fan, Lai-Tze. “‘Efficient’ Creativity and the Residue of the Humanities.” English Studies in Canada vol. 40, no. 2-3, 2014, pp. 19-24. Solicited.

[1] Short article: Fan, Lai-Tze. “Toronto Stories.” World Film Locations: Toronto, edited by Tom Ue, Intellect; University of Chicago Press, 2014, pp. 102-3.


RESEARCH-CREATION AND ARTISTIC WORKS

Projects that have been funded or published may appear in other areas of the C.V.

[14] Art installation: Lai-Tze Fan and Chelsea La Vecchia. The Deep Time Turner. Glass, plastic, e-waste. 11/2019, in progress.

[13] Electronic literature: Lai-Tze Fan and Nick Montfort. “Dial.” 04/2020.

[12] Mobile device application: Jill Didur, Lai-Tze Fan, Tony Higuchi, Emma Saboureau, Eric Powell. Global Urban Wilds, Greening Narrative Project. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. 08/2016, in progress.
    Role: Researcher; narrative designer; UX and UI consultant

[11] Digital poetry performance: Annie Abrahams, Erika Fulop, Lai-Tze Fan, et al. lingagens. Presented online at the “All about Things Language of all Sorts” Conference, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. Solicited. 20 June 2019.

[10] Digital art installation: Lai-Tze Fan. e-Waste Peep Show; or, on Seeing and Not Wanting to be Seen. Film. 2 min, colour, sound. Plywood, electronic waste, cardboard. Internet of Things “Tech Meets Art” Event, Waterloo, Canada. Solicited. 20 June 2019.

[9] Digital art installation: Lai-Tze Fan. e-Waste Peep Show: Infrastructures and Rituals of Trash. Film. 2 min, colour, sound. R-CADE (Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera) Symposium, Rutgers University, Camden campus, United States. 03 April 2019.

[8] Digital art installation: Lai-Tze Fan. e-Waste Peep Show; or, on Seeing and Not Wanting to be Seen. Film. 2 min, colour, sound. Plywood, electronic waste, cardboard. “Infrastructure at Play” Digital Art Exhibition, University of Waterloo and Communitech Hub, Canada. Solicited. 04/2019.

[7] Video game (mobile and computer): Lung Launcher, Breathing Games Commons. Funded by a CIHR Patient-Oriented Research Collaboration Grant. 2019.
    Role: Lead narrative designer; UX designer

[6] Video game (mobile and computer): PeakLeap, Breathing Games Commons. Funded by a CIHR Patient-Oriented Research Collaboration Grant. 2019.
    Role: Lead narrative designer; UX and UI designer

[5] Digital art installation: Lai-Tze Fan. e-Waste Peep Show; or, on Seeing and Not Wanting to be Seen. Film. 2 min, colour, sound. Metal, plastic, electronic waste, cardboard. 2018 multiple contingencies exhibition, OCAD, Canada. Meeting of the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts. 15 – 18 Nov 2018.

[4] Digital art exhibition: Digital Cultural Studies. Lai-Tze Fan et al. Commissioned by the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University. Black Box Theatre, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. 15 April 2018.
    Role: Curator

[3] Digital art installation: Jill Didur, Lai-Tze Fan, Eric Powell, and Emma Saboureau. Lignes des désir/Desire Lines, Greening Narrative Project. Paper, duct paper, QR codes, computer screens. ZU-TAG Theatre and Digital Arts Showcase, Concordia University, Canada. 25 – 27 April 2017.

[2] Poetry reading: Lai-Tze Fan. “Pi.” Presented at the “Cross-Sections” Creative Works and Art Exhibition, York University, Canada. 25 April 2012.

[1] Poetry reading: Lai-Tze Fan. “Sin.” Presented at the Professional Writing Symposium, York University, Canada. 10 October 2007.


OTHER RESEARCH POSITIONS

08/2017 +     Associated Faculty, TAG Lab (Technoculture, Art, and Games), Concordia University, Canada.

06/2018 – 08/2018     Visiting Researcher, Milieux Institute of Technology, Arts, & Culture, Concordia University, Canada.
    Research foci: Media materiality; writing technologies

10/2015 – 04/2016     Visiting Researcher, Faculty of Translation, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germersheim campus), Germany.
    Research project: “Text Analysis in the German Digital Humanities” (Advisor: Professor Dr. Jutta Ernst)

07/2015     Visiting Researcher, TAG Lab (Technoculture, Art, and Games), Concordia University, Canada.
    Research foci: narrativity and the digital humanities; locative media devices and applications; dynamic narratives

10/2012 – 04/2015     Founder and Leader, Intermediality Working Group, York and Ryerson Universities, Canada.
    Research foci: comparative media; theories and methodologies of intermediality, transmediality, and adaptation studies

01/2014 – 09/2014     Digital Archivist; Research Member, Modern Literature/Culture Research Centre (MLC), Ryerson University, Canada.
    Research foci: digital archiving and database creation
    Independent projects:
    i) structuring the MLC Digital Image Archive Database
    ii) reorganizing the MLC periodical archive

01/2012 – 04/2014     Research Member, Centre for Research on Language Contact, York University, Canada.
    Research foci: digital communication


SELECT INVITED TALKS – SOLO

[7] Lecture: “Unseen Hands: On the Feminization of Technology.” W3: Waterloo Women Wednesdays. University of Waterloo, Canada. Postponed.

[6] Lecture: “Unseen Hands: On Gendered Technological Design and Women’s Creative/Critical Responses.” DigiCafé Speaker Series. THNC Lab, University of Guelph, Canada. Postponed.

[5] Keynote: “An Electronic Room of One’s Own: Women and the History of Digital Storytelling.” Launch of the Collaborative Digital Research Space. University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada. 2 March 2020.

[5] Workshop: “Twine as a Platform for Digital Storytelling.” Launch of the Collaborative Digital Research Space. University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada. 2 March 2020.

[4] Lecture: “Talking Trash: Creating the Research-Creation Project e-Waste Peep Show.” Critical Media Lab Speaker Series. Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Canada. 27 March 2019.

[3] Keynote: “The Intermedial: Residual Materiality Between Book and Screen.” Book and Media Program Speaker Series. St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Canada. 28 Feb 2019.

[2] Lecture: “Global Pedagogies and Politics: Teaching in the West and the East.” TAG Lab Cinq à Sept Speaker Series. Concordia University, Canada. 19 April 2018.

[1] Lecture: “Digital Humanities: Who, How, Whaaat?” TAG Lab Cinq à Sept Speaker Series. Concordia University, Canada. 9 Feb 2017.


SELECT INVITED TALKS – PANEL OR ROUNDTABLE

[8] Panelist: “Faculty Perspectives on the Hiring Process: Social/Health Sciences & Humanities.” Academic Career Conference, University of Waterloo, Canada. 17 Oct 2019.

[7] Panelist: “Women in Writing” panel. The Women’s Centre, University of Waterloo, Canada. 6 March 2019.

[6] Panelist: “The Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Modes of Digital Artistic Creations” panel. Night of Ideas 2018: Power to Imagination. Institut Français; Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macao, Hong Kong. 25 Jan 2018.

[5] Panelist: “Revisiting and Renewing Critique.” Canadian Comparative Literature Association. Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto, Canada. 29 May 2017.

[4] Roundtable speaker: “Self-Care and Precarity.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto, Canada. 28 May 2017.

[3] Panelist: “Navigating Racialization in Academia.” Joint PhD in Communication Conference, Concordia University, Université de Montréal, and Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. 27 March 2017.

[2] Roundtable speaker: “Spaces of Translation in the Digital Episteme: Digital Humanities Approaches to Literature, the Environment, and the Archive.” Glendon Translation Research Summer School. Glendon College, York University, Canada. 23 June 2015.

[1] Roundtable speaker: “Comparative Media Studies and the Parameters of the Literary.” Roundtable: “Comparative Literature, Today and Tomorrow.” Canadian Comparative Literature Association. Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. St. Catharines, Canada. 25 May 2014.


SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

[29] With Chelsea La Vecchia. “The Deep Time Turner: Visualizing Layers of Media Time in Digital Devices.” Panel: “Re-Pair, Re-Make, Re-Think.” 2020 R-CADE (Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera) Symposium, Rutgers University, Camden campus, USA. Postponed.

[28] “Introducing BIWOC in E-Lit: A Digital Research Environment of BIWOC Practitioners of Electronic Literature.” Panel: “Narrative as a River II: (Un)continuity in Infrastructure; or, How do we Represent Cumulative E-Lit Works?” 2020 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. University of Central Florida, USA. 16 July 2020.

[27] “Is it Human or Machine?: Symbiotic Authorship and the Gendered Design of AI.” Panel: “Generated Narrative.” 2020 International Conference on Narrative. New Orleans, USA. 5 March 2020.

[26] “Symbiotic Authorship: A Comparative Textual Criticism of AI-Generated and Human-Edited Poetry in ReRites.” Panel: “ReRites: The Implications of A.I. Machine-Learning Neural-Net Generated Poetry.” 2019 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. University College Cork, Ireland. 17 July 2019.

[25] “Readwriting, or, Deformance as Writing Machine Learning Backwards.” “TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space” Canadian Studies/Craig Dobbin Professor Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland. 27 April 2019.

[24] “e-Waste Peep Show: The Aesthetics and Politics of Trash.” Panel: “Infrastructures and Rituals of Trash.” 2019 R-CADE (Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera) Symposium, Rutgers University, Camden campus, USA. 19 April 2019.

[23] “Everyone’s IKEA Table: Re-Thinking Material Objects and Material Residue in Maker Culture.” Panel: “Beyond Making 2: Remaking, Counterfunctionality, and Crapentry.” 2018 Meeting of the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Toronto, Canada. 16 Nov 2019.

[22] “Smarter than ‘Smart’: Using Interactive Narratives to Represent the Life Cycles of Digital Devices.” Panel: “Narrative Palindromes I: Beginnings.” 2018 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. University of Québec at Montréal, Canada. 15 Aug 2018.

[21] “Towards a Narratology of Dynamic Digital Storytelling: The Impact of Locative Mobile Media.” Panel: “New Tech Effects.” 2018 International Conference on Narrative. Montréal, Canada. 21 April 2018.

[20] “Towards a Digital Materiality: Embodied Narratives and Affect.” Panel: “Translation Palindromes: Embodied Narrative as Electronic Literature.” 2017 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. Fernando Pessoa University, Porto, Portugal. 21 July 2017.

[19] “The Politics and Poetics of Materiality in Women’s Digital Writing.” Panel: “Trans/forming the Machine: Feminist Interventions in Digital Poetics.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto, Canada. 29 May 2017.

[18] With Jill Didur. “Between Landscape and the Screen: Locative Media, Transitive Reading, and Environmental Storytelling.” Panel: “Digital Spatial Ecologies: Geolocating the Layers of History and Memory in New Media.” Canadian Comparative Literature Association. Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto, Canada. 29 May 2017.

[17] “‘As if’ it’s the Real Thing: Dematerialization and Difference on the Intermedial Screen.” Panel: “Theoretical and Historical Perspectives.” International Society for Intermedial Studies. University of Montréal, Canada. 18 May 2017.

[16] With Jill Didur. “Between Landscape and the Screen: Locative Media, Transitive Reading, and Environmental Storytelling.” Panel: “Digital Spatial Ecologies: Geolocating the Layers of History and Memory in New Media.” 2017 Geomedia Conference. University of Karlstad, Sweden. 11 May 2017.

[15] “On the Value of Narratives in a Reflexive Digital Humanities.” Panel: “Reading and Narrativity.” Canadian Society for Digital Humanities and Association for Computers and the Humanities. Congress 2015 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ottawa, Canada. 2 June 2015.
    Winner of the International ADHO Lisa Lena Young Scholar Prize.

[14] “Narrative versus Database: On Digital Narratives and Storytelling Today.” Panel: “Digital Stories.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2015 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ottawa, Canada. 29 May 2016.

[13] “The Principle of Juxtaposition in Media Archaeology.” Panel: “The Subject Beside Itself: Ecstasies of Juxtaposition.” 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle, USA. 23 March 2015.

[12] “Hactivism and Erasure in Tree of Codes: Practicing Counterculture through ‘Meaningless’ Literature.” Panel: “Impotence, Fear, Meaninglessness.” 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies. Montréal, Canada. 23 October 2014.

[11] “Re-Memory in Rhizomatic Texts: The Destruction and Residue of the Humanities.” Panel: “English Studies in Canada: Feeling Dirty.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. St. Catharines, Canada. 24 May 2014.

[10] “(Post)human Anxiety: Discourse and the Subject in the Digital Age.” Panel: “Digital Affect.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. St. Catharines, Canada. 25 May 2014.

[9] “The Rhizomatic Text: Digital Cultural Objects, Graphic User Interfaces, and the Superficial Screen.” Panel: “Digital Images and Simulacra.” “Interface: Transmediating Culture” Conference, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture, Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada. 2 May 2014.

[8] “What’s Next for ‘the Text’?: Media Convergence and the Novel.” Panel: “Approaches to Comparative Media and Digital Culture.” 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. New York City, USA. 22 March 2014.

[7] “Convergence Culture and the Dissolution of Media Borders in Post-Print Literature.” “Reconsidering Convergence” Transatlantic Conference, University of Göttingen, Germany. 18 Oct 2013.

[6] “Back to the Labyrinth: The Adaptation of Multilinear Narratives from Pale Fire to House of Leaves.” Panel: “Beyond the Codex.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2013 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Victoria, Canada. 2 June 2013.

[5] “Approaching Multimodal Literature Critically and Culturally: Navigation through The Raw Shark Texts.” Panel: “Reader Re-Orientation: The Navigation of Space in Multimodal Literature.” 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. Toronto, Canada. 7 April 2013.
    Nominated for the ACLA Horst Frenz Best Graduate Student Paper Prize.

[4] “Reading and Writing after New Literacies: The Influence of New Media Epistemologies and Semiotics.” Panel: “Mind to Matter.” 2012 Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America. Toronto, Canada. 2 Nov 2012.

[3] “The Technological Gaze: How Surveillance Becomes Post-Panopticism in the Digital Art Installations of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.” Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Waterloo, Canada. 29 May 2012.

[2] “Connective Action: The Uses and Effects of Interactive Digital Media on the 2011 England Riots.” “Intersections: Occupation” Communication and Culture Graduate Student Conference, York and Ryerson Universities. Toronto, Canada. 28 April 2012.

[1] “Meta-Linking: Self-Reflexivity of Reader, Writer, and Digital Medium in Geoff Ryman’s 253.” Panel: “Cyber Aesthetics: Communication, Literature and Digital Reproducibility.” 2011 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. New Brunswick, USA. 9 April 2011.
    Winner of the NeMLA Graduate Caucus Travel Award.


SELECT GUEST LECTURES AND COLLOQUIA

[10] Guest lecture: “Professional Identity and Social Media.” Course: “Graduate Professionalization,” Department of English Language and Literature. University of Waterloo, Canada. 11/2019.

[9] Guest lecture: “Publishing.” Course: “Graduate Professionalization,” Department of English Language and Literature. University of Waterloo, Canada. 11/2019.

[8] Guest lecture: “Academic ‘Discipline’ and ‘Vocation.’” PhD Professionalization Summer Course, Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. York and Ryerson Universities, Canada. 05/2019.

[7] Guest lecture: “Between Book and Screen: Reading and Writing in a Digital Age.” Faculty of Arts March Break Open House. University of Waterloo, Canada. 03/2019.

[6] Guest lecture: “Digital Storytelling.” Course: “THF 501 Research Methods,” School of Performance, Ryerson University, Canada. 03/2019.

[5] Guest lecture: “Interactive and Electronic Literature: Workshop on Twine.” Course: “ENCW 2P72: The Creative Writer,” Department of English Language and Literature. Brock University, Canada. 11/2018.

[4] Guest lecture: “Networking and Professional Identity.” Course: “Graduate Professionalization,” Department of English Language and Literature. University of Waterloo, Canada. 11/2018.

[3] Guest lecture: “Digital Writing and Literary Transitions.” Course: “LTWR 545: Advanced Creative Writing,” Literature and Writing Department. California State University at San Marcos, USA. 03/2017.

[2] Guest lecture: “From the Modern to the Contemporary ‘Novel.’” Course: “ENGL 461: The Modern Novel,” English Department. California State University at Chico, USA. 03/2017.

[1] Poster presentation: Balli, Fabio and Lai-Tze Fan. “Health Education: Playing and Creating Games.” Department of Education Graduate Symposium, Concordia University, Canada. 03/2017.


SELECT ORGANIZED CONFERENCES & EVENTS

[9] Workshop Co-Organizer and Host with Jennifer Clary-Lemon. “Unmaking Making: A Kimchi Workshop.” Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Canada. 27 Feb 2020.

[8] Workshop Organizer, “Making Video Games without Code.” Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Canada. 13 Nov 2019.

[7] Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities, Congress 2019 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2-4 June 2019. 09/2018 – 06/2019.

[6] Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities, Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 29-31 May 2017. 06/2016 – 06/2017.

[5] Event Organizer and Chair, “The Play and Politics of Pokémon GO: A No-Go?” TAG Lab, Concordia University, Canada. 31 March 2017.

[4] Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities, Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 30 May – 1 June 2016. 06/2015 – 06/2016

[3] Organizing Committee, Digital Pedagogy Institute 2015: Improving the Student Experience, University of Toronto; Ryerson University; Brock University, Canada. 19-21 Aug 2015.

[2] Event Organizer and Co-Chair with Caitlin Fisher, “E-Poetry, Performance, Play” Poetry Reading and Exhibition, York University, Canada. 16 April 2014.
    Supported by the Electronic Literature Organization and York University (York Libraries, the Augmented Reality Lab, and the Intermediality Working Group).

[1] Workshop Organizer, “Playing with Twine: Hypertext and E-Poetry.” “E-Poetry, Performance, Play” Reading and Exhibition, York University, Canada. 16 April 2014.


SELECT ORGANIZED CONFERENCE SEMINARS

[11] Co-Organizer with Marcel O’Gorman, Alex Fleck, Alexi Orchard, Neha Ravella, and Chelsea La Vecchia. “Re-Pair, Re-Make, Re-Think.” 2020 R-CADE (Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera) Symposium, Rutgers University, Camden campus. Postponed due to COVID-19.

[10] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “Narrative as a River II: (Un)continuity in Infrastructure; or, How do we Represent Cumulative E-Lit Works?” 2020 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 16 July 2020.

[9] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “Narrative as a River I: (Un)continuity and Creativity; or, Cumulative Works of Select E-lit Practitioners.” 2020 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 16 July 2020.

[8] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “The Meniscus of Narrative I: Structures.” 2019 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 17 July 2019.

[7] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “The Meniscus of Narrative II: Dynamics.” 2019 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 17 July 2019.

[6] Organizer. “Where do Interdisciplinary Researchers Fit?” Joint Roundtable: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English and Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2019 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2 June 2019.

[5] Co-Organizer with Marcel O’Gorman, Jason Lajoie, Phil Miletic, Julie Funk, Andy Myles, and Meg Honsberger. “Infrastructures and Rituals of Trash.” 2019 R-CADE (Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera) Symposium, Rutgers University, Camden campus. 19 April 2019.

[4] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “Narrative Palindromes I: Beginnings.” 2018 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 15 Aug 2018.

[3] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “Narrative Palindromes II: Endings.” 2018 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 15 Aug 2018.

[2] Co-Organizer with Marjorie C. Luesebrink. “Translation Palindromes: Embodied Narrative as Electronic Literature.” 2017 Meeting of the Electronic Literature Organization. 21 July 2017.

[1] Co-Organizer with Emily Christina Murphy. “Precarity and Research in the Humanities.” Joint Panel: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English and Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 30 May 2017.


TRAINING IN DIGITAL MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES

10/2016 – 12/2016     Course: “Interactive Fiction and Game Writing” Quebec Writers’ Federation, Montréal, QC.
    Software programs: Twine; Bitsy; Inkle

11/2016     Workshop: “Libremapping: Open Source Video Mapping Software” Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology, Concordia University
    Software program: MapMap

10/2016     Workshop: “Cross-Species Game Design” ReFIG (Refiguring Innovation in Games); Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology, Concordia University

09/2016     Workshop: “Closed Loop 3D Printing” Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology, Concordia University

06/2016     Course: “Introduction to Electronic Literature” 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria

05/2015     Workshop: “Voyant: Text Analysis Tools” Digital Humanities Summer Institute; Canadian Society for Digital Humanities
    Software program: Voyant

05/2014 – 08/2014     Creative Coding Collaborative Learning Seminar (online)
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Selected for this seminar; seminar supported by the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Women in Technology.
    Programming language: Processing

06/2014 – 07/2014     FutureLearn Creative Coding MOOC (massive online coding course)
Monash University, Australia
    Programming language: Processing

04/2014     Workshop: “Playing with Twine: Hypertext and E-Poetry.”
“E-Poetry, Performance, Play” Poetry Reading and Exhibition, York University
    Software program: Twine


COURSES TAUGHT

University of Waterloo,
Department of English Language and Literature; Experimental Digital Media graduate program
S 2021     City to ‘Smart’ City: On Storytelling Space (ENGL 794) (Graduate)
F 2020     Literary Studies in Electronic Forms (ENGL 470C)
F 2020     Introduction to Digital Media Studies (ENGL 293)
S 2020     Posthumanism (ENGL 795) (Directed Reading Course)
W 2020     Grant Writing (ENGL 210G) (19 students)
W 2020     Critical Media Infrastructures (ENGL 799) (15 graduate students)
F 2019     City to ‘Smart’ City: On Storytelling Space (ENGL 794) (14 graduate students)
F 2019     The Rhetoric of Digital Design (ENGL 408C) (5 students)
W 2019     Critical Media Infrastructures (ENGL 799) (8 graduate students)
W 2019     Introduction to Digital Media Studies (ENGL 293) (25 students)

Lingnan University, Department of Cultural Studies
W 2018     Digital Cultural Studies (CUS 3326A) (11 students)
W 2018     Boredom and Fear (CUS 1012) (35 students)
F 2017     Methods in Cultural Research I (CUS 2403) (37 students)
F 2017     Technology and Cultural Change (CLD 9901/GEC 357) (66 students)

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germersheim campus),
Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies
F 2015/16     Urban Media: Narrative and Spatial Practices (06.008.0507) (5 graduate students)
F 2015/16     Media Studies: From the “Old” to the Digital (06.008.0032) (35 students)
F 2015/16     Schriftliche Textproduktion (Composition in English) (06.008.0013) (45 students)


SUPERVISION AND COMMITTEE WORK

Doctoral Supervision
2019 +     Kem-Laurin Lubin. Department of English, University of Waterloo. Co-Supervised with Randy Harris.

2019 +     Lillian Black. Operating within Erasure: Constructing Queer Identity in Media Environments. Department of English, University of Waterloo. Co-Supervised with TBA.

2019 (2015) +     Rebecca Anderson, Being There: Tracing Media and Modal Immersion through Aesthetics, Interface, and Embodiment. Department of English, University of Waterloo.

Doctoral Committees
2020 (2018) +     Asma Khaliq. Department of English, University of Waterloo.

2019 (2017) +     Jennifer Rickert, Gender, Social Hierarchy, and Power Structures in Competitive Gameplay Environments: A World of Warcraft Case Study. Department of English, University of Waterloo.

2019 (2017) +     Jin Sol Kim, Fade to White: The Virtual Violence of Normative Whiteness in Digital Photography. Department of English, University of Waterloo.

2018 +     Alexander Fleck, Understanding Blackbox Design and Its Alternatives: The Sega Genesis Video Game Platform Then and Now. Department of English, University of Waterloo.

Doctoral Comprehensive Exams (department assignments requiring no further committee duties)
2019     Valerie Uher, Area Exam in “Discourse Analysis.” Department of English, University of Waterloo.

Master’s Supervision
2020 +     Marion Gruner, “Reader Worlds.” Major Research Paper. Department of English, University of Waterloo. Co-Supervised with Victoria Lamont.
2019 +     Neha Ravella. Major Research Paper. Department of English, University of Waterloo. Co-Supervised with Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher.


ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND GRANTS (only merit-based included)

[9] Oxford University Global Ecosystem Challenge: Montréal division, 2017. Winner (with Breathing Games).

[8] Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Tuition Scholarship, 2016. 800 CAD.

[7] Canadian Media Research Consortium: Research Grant, 2015. 250 CAD.

[6] York University: Provost Prize Research Grant, 2014. 1000 CAD.

[5] Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2014. 15,000 CAD. Declined in favour of the Provost Dissertation Prize.

[4] Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2013. 15,000 CAD.

[3] Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011. 15,000 CAD.

[2] NeMLA: Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award, 2011. 175 USD.

[1] University of Montréal: English Graduate Students Society paper competition, 2010. Finalist


SELECT ACADEMIC SERVICE

Leadership
05/2020 +     Editor, electronic book review

04/2020 +     Editor (Media & Digital Culture), Reviews in Cultural Theory

06/2019 +     Editor, the digital review

02/2019 +     Steering Committee, MediArXiv: The Open Archive for Media, Film, & Communication Studies

08/2017 +     Director of Communications, electronic book review

08/2017 – 05/2020     Associate Editor, electronic book review

Scholarly Review
2020 +     International Editorial Consultant, Electronic Literature Collection 4

06/2019 +     Entry Curator and Author, Electronic Literature Directory

05/2019     Peer-Review Reader, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature

03/2019     Peer-Review Reader, Behaviour & Information Technology journal

03/2019     Peer-Review Reader, Media Theory journal

03/2018     Academic Funding Reviewer, The Education University of Hong Kong

01/2018     Peer-Review Reader, Open Library of Humanities Journal

06/2012 – 08/2016     Peer-Review Reader, Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

Select Academic Committees and Delegations
07/2020 +     Committee Member, Graduate Studies Committee. Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo.

05/2020 – 07/2020     Awards Committee Judge, N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature. Electronic Literature Organization.

01/2020 +     Committee Member, Faculty of Arts Honours and Awards Committee. University of Waterloo.

10/2019 – 06/2020     Awards Committee Judge, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2020 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

09/2017 – 08/2018     Undergraduate Directed Research Project Tutor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University.

09/2017 – 08/2018     English Language Enhancement Programme and Curriculum Committee Member, Lingnan University.

09/2017 – 08/2018     Doctoral and M.Phil Student Admissions Panel Member, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University.

05/2012 – 05/2014     President, Graduate Student Caucus, ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English).

09/2012 – 09/2013     President, Communication and Culture Graduate Students’ Association, York and Ryerson Universities.

Select Conference Service
01/2019     Abstract Peer-Review Reader, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2019 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

01/2018     Abstract Peer-Review Reader, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2018 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

01/2017     Abstract Peer-Review Reader, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

01/2016     Abstract Peer-Review Reader, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

12/2013     Abstract Peer-Review Reader, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


LANGUAGES

  • English, Cantonese – native speaker

  • German, Mandarin – conversational; reading knowledge

  • American Sign Language – conversational

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