On Monday, December 13th, 2021, the first annual Stéfan Sinclair-CRIHN conference took place both at Université de Montréal and online by livestream.
Professor Michael Sinatra, Director of CRIHN (Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques) launched this annual conference series in honour of Professor Stéfan Sinclair who was a co-founder of CRIHN and a Professor of Digital Humanities at McGill University.
Keynote by Professor Kim Martin
After introductions by Deans Frédéric Bouchard and Mary Hunter, Professor Kim Martin (University of Guelph) delivered an impactful keynote talk titled "Seeing Things Through" which paid homage to Voyant (developed in large part by Sinclair) and the variety of lenses that this Digital Humanities tool provides.
By recounting her professional experience as a Digital Humanities researcher, professor and community builder, Martin wove important social commentary about gender bias, accessibility, compassionate pedagogy, and labour justice throughout her impactful talk to the public in honour of Sinclair.
Bilingual Roundtable on Stéfan Sinclair's Impact in Digital Humanities
After a break, the conference resumed in the afternoon with a bilingual roundtable discussion between close colleagues of Sinclair: Professor Susan Brown (University of Guelph), Professor Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) and Stéphane Pouyllau (CNRS, HN Lab). They spoke about the tools and projects that they worked on with Stéfan Sinclair including Spyral Notebook, Voyant, and the development of the francophone HumaNum Lab.
The conference's closing remarks were given by Professor Marcello Vitali-Rosati, the Assistant Director of CRIHN.
Learn more about Stéfan Sinclair's impact on Digital Humanities in the memorial piece co-written by colleagues of ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations) and Canadian Society of Digital Humanities / Société Canadienne des Humanités Numériques. (CSDH-SCHN).