Susan Brown

How do you Define DH?

Digital humanities involve situated and embodied engagement in humanities research and teaching through the development or application of digital technologies, in conjunction with the critical analysis using humanities frameworks and epistemologies of the implications of such activities. These inquiries bleed into considerations of mediation more generally, and of the transformative impacts of the digital turn, particularly of new modes of representation, publication, collaboration, dissemination, networking, and expression, on culture and society.


University of Alberta / University of Guelph


Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. She researches Victorian literature, women’s writing, and digital humanities. All of these interests inform Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, an ongoing experiment in digital literary history published by Cambridge UP since 2006 that she directs and co-edits. She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, which is producing an online repository and research environment for literary studies in and about Canada.

Her current research touches on a range of topics in the digital humanities including interface design and usability, visualization and data mining, semantic technologies, and humanist-centered tool development. She also works on the impact of new technologies in the literature of the Victorian period. Brown is English President of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques.