DHSI 2017 Scholarship Winners Announcement


Compute Canada is pleased to announce its two pairs of scholarships for the 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) have been awarded to Andrew McLaughlin and Pawel Pomorski and to Long Bui and Megan Meredith-Lobay.

“By offering these scholarships focused around existing projects, Compute Canada is developing a further understanding of the Digital Humanities while directly supporting actual research in the field.” says John Simpson, Compute Canada’s Humanities and Social Sciences Specialist.  “We are confident each co-applicant will make valuable contributions to this community and we look forward to seeing what they bring back from the learning and collaboration opportunities the DHSI offers.”

Compute Canada DHSI 2017 Scholarship Recipients


Mapping Third World Populations and Histories of Exclusion in North American Border Cities


Long Bui, Department of American Studies, Wesleyan University

Megan Meredith-Lobay, Compute Canada Specialist, University of British Columbia


This project looks at the ways displaced refugees and migrant workers from the “Third World” have been excluded from the Pacific west coast of the North America. Much of the ways Seattle/Vancouver and Tijuana/San Diego have been constructed today as cosmopolitan metropolitan areas erases the local border histories of racial exclusion that led to riots against new black transplants in Seattle, prohibitive head taxes on Indians coming to Vancouver, border patrol of Latin Americans streaming into San Diego, and the monitoring of Chinese in Tijuana. There are now larger black, brown, and yellow populations in these white-majority cities, and critical questions posed in this project are: where and how did excluded “others” come to those locales, where did they concentrate upon arriving, how were they pushed out of certain places, and where are they located now.  This project is of critical value to the Digital Humanities community, as work on racism remains sparse in the field. Overall, it is the hope that this project can be a template for future work that analyzes a world still hostile to outsiders.


Battlefield Footprints


Andrew  McLaughlin, Department of History, University of Waterloo

Pawel Pomorski, Compute Canada Specialist, University of Waterloo


“Battlefield Footprints” utilizes Drift1 software (developed by COMAP) and applies Andrew’s military, professional and academic skills and network. Drift is a GIS-based system that serves as a tool for learning and experiencing history; and is envisioned as a future military training and deployable system geared towards enhancing soldiers’ situational awareness. Battlefield Footprints includes a data set collected from government and military archives pertaining to Canadian military history and its relationship to local communities. Dr. Pawel Pomorski, of SHARCNET and the University of Waterloo, offers key expertise in populating digital platforms with large data sets.  Andrew has also assembled a team of professionals from digital systems technicians to archivists and active military officers in support of this project and its academic component at the University of Waterloo. It is hoped that this project will one day allow past battlefield data to produce, and provide future missions with, more capable and aware soldiers; ultimately saving lives.

DHSI is happening at the University of Victoria June 5 – 16 and brings together faculty, staff, and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives communities for three weeks of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures. The scholarship recipients will have their course registrations paid for by Compute Canada. Additionally, Compute Canada staff will have their travel expenses covered. General registration for courses closes in early June.

For more information on the services Compute Canada offers Humanities and Social Sciences researchers, visit the Compute Canada website here. To discuss possible collaborations, please contact John Simpson.

For more information on the DHSI’s 2017 courses and workshops, visit the DHSI website.


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