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Hello 2014 HASTAC Scholars - 

Congratulations on becoming a HASTAC scholar! This is my second year involved in this group, and I'm delighted to be a part of this network again: I'm sure you'll love it if you haven't already been involved. There are a lot of interesting people, projects and work underway. Not least, Caitlin Fisher, who I recently interviewed for HASTAC. 

I'm also lucky to be a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, in the Joint Program in Communication there. Based out of Halifax, NS and Montréal, QC, I tend to move around a fair bit - mostly in Canada but also internationally - in order to connect with clients, colleagues and conferences. For many years, I worked with the CBC in Canada, the public broadcaster, as well as in non-profit and media consulting. 

My own work is located at the intersection of the arts, broadcasting and digital media - it touches on the culture sector and the creative economy, and particularly on the work that artists do as creative citizens in public broadcasting, as well as the digital humanities. My dissertation takes an in-depth look at the production practices and labour implications of the work undertaken by artists, curators, television and digital media producers involved in the ten-year program, CBC ArtSpots. That was a project that I founded and ran for the public broadcaster, and it presented hundreds of short documentaries on the internet and television, until 2008.

More recently, I've undertaken research into crowdfunding for media and music projects, trends in visual arts in Canada, and the work of women in relation to broadcasting and digital media. Additionally, I'm deeply involved as a leadership volunteer with arts and culture organizations in Canada, including as Vice-Chair of Arts Nova Scotia - a multi-million dollar funding agency for the arts; as a member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, an advisory board to the government of the province of NS; and as a member of the Board of NSCAD University, one of the best art universities in Canada. At least in my opinion.

I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with others involved in HASTAC this year. And if anyone is around Cornell University on November 22, I'll be co-presenting a workshop there. It would be great to meet up with other HASTAC-ers who might be around.



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