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Emily Murphy
Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
1148 Research Road, CCS 346
Kelowna, BCV1V 1V7

T: 250.807.8073
F: 250.807.9900
E: emily.murphy@ubc.ca


Emily Christina Murphy is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. Her published writing appears in English Studies in Canada, Digital Humanities Quarterly, the edited collection Doing Digital Humanities 2, and with the Canada and the Spanish Civil War project. She is currently completing a manuscript on psychiatric history and celebrity culture in the early-twentieth century, which focuses on the writing of Zelda Fitzgerald and contemporary novelistic adaptations of her life. In addition to her role at UBC-O, she is managing editor of the Print+ Platform of Modernism/modernity and instructor at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. She would be interested in supervising undergraduate and graduate research in digital humanities (text encoding; digital editing; actor-network theory; feminist and intersectional DH; critical and creative making; digital pedagogy; the body and digital culture) and 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, and physical culture; history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis; celebrity culture; little magazines and the slicks; life writing).  


Click here to visit Dr. Murphy’s personal website for her research portfolio and full academic CV.

Dr. Murphy’s current major research project, “Modernism, Feminism, and the Ego-Network” asks how contemporary network modelling technologies like Resource Description Framework and Linked Open Data might reveal distributed authorship practices among women activists, editors, and authors in the early-twentieth century. She is undertaking this research in collaboration with the Linked Modernisms project at the University of Victoria, a major Linked Open Data project in modernist literary studies.

Similarly, she is undertaking a major digital pedagogy project that will make modernist literary data and archival holdings accessible to university instructors and actively work with researchers and archives to develop compelling classroom resources.

Recently, her interests have turned towards early-twentieth century and contemporary dance and movement practices, a focus which grows both from her own dance background, her research on the dance aesthetics of Zelda Fitzgerald, and her published work on twentieth-century Spain. The modernist period concerned itself explicitly with a codification and formalization of dance and movement that complements trends in contemporary data collection in fields like kinesiology and dance performance (In the Dance Lab with Martha Graham). She is interested in developing aesthetically meaningful data visualizations of movement practices and tracing the history of dance notation through forms like classical ballet and flamenco.


Dr. Murphy teaches in the Bachelor of Media Studies. In 2018-2019, she will teach DIHU200: Introduction to Digital Humanities, DIHU210: Digital Detection, and DIHU301: The Self-Conscious Text.


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