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Digital humanities scholar recognized for early career achievements

Assistant Professor of Medieval Digital Studies Alexandra Bolintineanu.

Assistant Professor of Medieval Digital Studies Alexandra Bolintineanu, who is cross-appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies and Woodsworth College, has been honoured with the 2019 Outstanding Early Career Award from the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN).

The award recognizes exemplary scholarly work during the early stage of the honoured researcher’s career.

With a bachelor’s degree in computer science and doctorate in medieval studies from the University of Toronto, Bolintineanu’s work explores the intersections between the humanities and computing. Her research interests include medieval wonders, maps, monsters, and imaginary geographies, as well as usability and digital pedagogy.

Throughout her career, Bolintineanu has led the development of numerous ground-breaking digital tools for teaching and learning in Medieval Studies, including A Word Is Born, a digital project about the Dictionary of Old English and Omeka Gym, a collection of resources for scholars who want to build a digital collection or teach with Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform.

Her current project, Technologies of Unknowing, studies medieval wonders in digital environments.

Professor Bolintineanu has also been instrumental in the development of U of T’s Digital Humanities Minor program at Woodsworth College, which was introduced in September 2018. The program brings together students from a wide variety of disciplines to study human culture – such as art, literature, history, geography and religion – through computational tools and methodologies.

In June, she will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 CSDH/SCHN annual conference at the University of British Columbia.

The CSDH/SCHN is a Canada-wide association of representatives from Canadian colleges and universities that fosters work in the digital humanities in Canada’s two official languages. The society was founded to draw together humanists who are engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching and creation.