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Dr Susan Schreibman, B.A. (College of New Jersey), B.A. (Rutgers University), M.A. (N.U.I.), M.A. (U of Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (N.U.I.)

Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities
Director: M.Phil in Digital Humanities and Culture

 My research and teaching are primarily in the areas of Digital Humanities and Irish poetic modernism. My research in the Digital Humanities ranges from text encoding and the creation of digital scholarly editions, to more recent interests in Virtual Worlds and Datamining. In Irish poetic modernism I have focused on the life and work of the Irish poet, literary and art critic, and Director of the National Gallery of Ireland (1950-63), Thomas MacGreevy (1893-1967).

Over the past decade I have held several leadership positions in digital humanities/libraries centres. Previous to taking up this post, I was Director of the Digital Humanities Observatory (2008-2011), a national digital humanities centre developed under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy. Previously I was Assistant Dean for Digital Collections and Research, University of Maryland Libraries (2005-2008), and Assistant Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (2001-2004).

I am the founding editor of several web-based projects, The Thomas MacGreevy Archive <>, Irish Resources in the Humanities, and The Versioning Machine, a tool to edit and visualise multiple versions of deeply-encoded text.

My book publications include Collected Poems of Thomas MacGreevy: An Annotated Edition (Anna Livia Press/Catholic University Press, 1991),  A Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell, 2004), and A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (Blackwell, 2008). I am series co-editor of Topics in the Digital Humanities (University of Illinois Press) and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative.

Some of my more recent articles include:

  • ‘Irish Poetic Modernism: Portrait of the Artist in Exile’. Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry. ed. Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis  Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
  • ‘Electronic Editing’. Literary Studies in the Digital Age: A Methodological Primer. ed. Ken Price and Ray Siemens. (New York:  MLA Publications, forthcoming)
  •  ‘Digital Representation and the Hyper Real’.  PAJournal. Special issue entitled  ‘Visualizing the Digital Archive’ 2:1 (2010). Online.
  • ‘Determining Value for Digital Humanities Tools’. Co-publication with Ann Hanlon. Digital Humanities Quarterly 4:2 (Fall 2010). Online.
  • ‘The Lives of Others: Editing Online Editions of Correspondence'. Digital Scholarship ed. Marta J Deyrup (London: Routledge, 2009) 23-35
  • ‘The Text Encoding Initiative: An Interchange Format Once Again’  Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie  10 (2009). Online

My current writing projects are a biography on Thomas MacGreevy as well as edited collection of MacGreevy’s life and work.

My professional activities include serving on the Executive of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, as Vice Chair of the TEI Consortium, and on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions. I am also on the Management Board of the COST Action Interedition. I served as past Chair of the MLA’s Committee on Scholarly Editions.  I am on the Editorial Boards of several publications, including Gale British Literary Manuscripts Online, Digital Studies / Le champ numérique: A journal of the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs, and International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Edinburgh University Press.  I am currently co-PI on two European grants, Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe (DigCurV ) which is part of the Leonardo da Vinci Thematic Network, and Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH) which is funded via the ESF Research Networking Programme. I am also Co-PI on the Humanities Virtual Worlds Consortium which received a planning grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Dr Susan Schreibman
Room 4110
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

e-mail: schreibs[at]

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