Plenary Speakers

The Humanities Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners. This 2015 plenary speakers include:


Constance Crompton received her PhD in Communication and Culture from York University, and she is currently an assistant professor of Digital Humanities and English in the Department of Critical Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. In addition to Digital Humanities, her research interests include queer history, Victorian visual and popular culture, the literatures of transition (1880-1920), nineteenth-century science, and scholarly editing. She is co-director, with Michelle Schwartz, archivist at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, of Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, an infrastructure pilot project of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory at the University of Alberta. In 2012, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory at the University of Victoria, where she worked with Dr. Raymond Siemens on a social edition of the Devonshire Manuscript (BL Add MS 17492). She is also a research collaborator with The Yellow Nineties Online housed at Ryerson University’s Centre for Digital Humanities. Her work has appeared in the Victorian Review, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, The Yellow Nineties Online, and the UBC Law Review.


Katherine Hayles is a professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the program in Literature at Duke University. Her research interests concern topics related to literature and science in the 20th and 21st century; 20th and 21st century American fiction; electronic textuality, hypertext fiction and theory; science fiction; literary theory; and media theory. With degrees in both chemistry and English literature, Hayles is one of the foremost scholars of the relationship between literature and science in the late twentieth century. She is the author six books, including How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (1999), which won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-1999; and Writing Machines (2001), which won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Her most recent book is Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary (2007). The winner of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEH Fellowships, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship at Bellagio, and a fellowship at the National Humanities Center.