Emily Murphy, PhD

(She, Her, Hers)

Assistant Professor

Digital Humanities, English, English and Cultural Studies
Other Titles: Digital Humanaities
Office: CCS 346
Phone: 250.807.8073
Email: emily.murphy@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Digital Humanities; text encoding; digital editing; actor-network theory; feminist and intersectional DH; critical and creative making; digital pedagogy; the body and digital culture; twentieth-century literature and culture; high, middlebrow, and popular modernisms; literature of the Spanish Civil War; women’s writing; adaptation and media-specificity; dance, movement, & physical culture; history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis; celebrity culture; little magazines and the slicks; life writing.

Courses & Teaching

Digital Humanities; English



Research Interests & Projects

My research interests are diverse—I have on-going projects on Goodreads, flamenco dance in Canada, data modelling to represent activist literary community, embodied oral history, notation and technologies for movement, digital editing, and digital humanities pedagogy. All of my work is united by an orientation towards cultural memory and media. I specialize in particular in the women’s literature and culture of the early 20thcentury, and I increasingly work on contemporary historical fiction, the relationship between historical and contemporary media, and reading in the digital age.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

I am the Director of the CFI-funded (Re)Media Research and Creation Infrastructure, which is currently under construction and due to open in October 2022. Research in that facility focuses on multimedia cultural memory.

I am also Assistant Director of the AMP Lab, a research facility that focuses on textuality and sound studies, and through which I research embodied oral histories and multimedia archives.

Graduate Supervision

I supervise in the MA English and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Digital Arts and Humanities programs. I am especially interested in working with students whose projects focus on multimedia approaches to literary culture, whether historical or contemporary.

At the moment I have the capacity to supervise students with strong backgrounds in a humanities field: English or other literary study, cultural studies, history, digital humanities, or book history, among others. As my own scholarly background is in the humanities, I would only be a suitable supervisor for students using humanities methods.

If you would like to work with me, please refer to the Graduate Studies guide to writing a Statement of Intent. As projects in the humanities are likely to be individually motivated (rather than joining a research team), I will need to see at minimum a draft of point #1 in order to gauge the fit of your interests to mine.

Courses and Teaching

ENGL/DIHU155: Reading, Writing, and Making with Technology in the Humanities

DIHU220: Research with Media in the Humanities

ENGL301/DIHU305: The Self-Conscious Text

ENGL/DIHU407: Media and Contemporary Reading

ENGL/DIHU409: Special Topics in Digital Humanities

IGS501: Digital Arts and Humanities Methods

IGS524: Proseminar in Interdisciplinary Studies

Professional Teaching

Text Encoding Fundamentals (DH Training Network, with Constance Crompton and Lee Zickel)

Digital Humanities Pedagogy (DH Training Network)


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