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Boyd, Jason


Associate Professor; Co-Director, Centre for Digital Humanities


BA Honours (Concordia); MA (Montreal); PhD (Toronto)




416-979-5000 ext 7509

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I work in a field known as Digital Humanities, a term which refers (among other things) to the use of computer tools and methods to assist humanities scholarship and to the humanistic interrogation of digital technologies. I have backgrounds in nineteenth century studies, queer studies, and early modern theatre history. My teaching interests largely focus on exploring the creative and critical uses of digital media in a literary context (digital scholarship, literature and games).

I have been a leading collaborator on the online theatre history research tools produced by the international scholarly project Records of Early English Drama (REED), which include the Patrons and Performances database, Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT), and The Fortune Theatre Records: A Prototype Digital Edition. I am currently working on the Texting Wilde Project, funded by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, which is exploring computer-assisted methods for the analysis of large collections of life-writing texts.

I am a Co-Director of Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities and also an Assistant Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. I also sit on the Advisory Boards of a number of large-scale digital humanities projects. 

Research Interests:

Digital humanities, textual encoding and computer-assisted textual analysis, digital literature, digital games and gaming, digital cultures, critical code/software studies, social knowledge creation, Oscar Wilde, queer studies, life-writing, early modern theatre history.