We are pleased to have the following speakers present at this year’s seminar and symposium:
The following speakers will be presenting in the ACA@UBC Seminar on February 10, 2023.
Quinn Dombrowski (any pronouns)
Academic Technology Specialist at Stanford University
Quinn Dombrowski is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University and the co-founder of Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online, an initiative focused on safeguarding and preserving the digital cultural heritage of Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn’s many DH adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running the DiRT tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.
Anna Kijas (she/her/hers)
Head, Lilly Music Library, Granoff Music Center | Tufts University
Anna E. Kijas is the Head of Lilly Music Library at Tufts University and the co-founder of Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online, an initiative focused on safeguarding and preserving the digital cultural heritage of Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War. Her interests include the exploration and application of digital humanities tools and methods in historical (music) research, and in the application of standards, including TEI and MEI, for open access research and publishing, and the use of minimal computing. Anna also works on nineteenth century music topics with a focus on gender, women, and performance criticism and reception.
Andreas Segerberg (he/him/his)
Research Coordinator at the University of Gothenburg
Andreas Segerberg is a research coordinator and lecturer in Archival Science at University of Gothenburg and a preservation strategist for ES Solutions. Andreas volunteers with Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online, an initiative focused on safeguarding and preserving the digital cultural heritage of Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War.
Naya Sucha-xaya (she/her/hers)
Lecturer, Department of Library Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Naya Sucha-xaya is an archives educator in the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her research interests include transformation of traditional archival practices to the changing digital environment, information culture, participatory archives, and the relationship between archives and society.
K. J. Rawson
K. J. Rawson (he/him/his)
Associate Professor of English & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Co-Director, NULab Northeastern University. Director, Digital Transgender Archive. Chair, Homosaurus
K.J. Rawson works at the intersections of the Digital Humanities and Rhetoric, LGBTQ+, and Feminist Studies. Focusing on archives as key sites of cultural power, he studies the rhetorical work of queer and transgender archival collections in brick-and-mortar and digital spaces. Rawson is founder and director of the Digital Transgender Archive, an award-winning collection of trans-related historical materials, and he chairs the editorial board of the Homosaurus, an LGBTQ+ linked data vocabulary.
Iiris Kestilä (she/her/hers)
PhD researcher at University of Lapland
Iiris Kestilä is a PhD candidate at University of Lapland. Her research interests include legal theory and legal philosophy but also more practical issues such as research ethics. She has worked previously in the project ‘Digital Access to Sámi Heritage Archives’ where she developed ethical guidelines for the use of Sámi archive materials. Currently, in addition to her dissertation, she is working with the themes of cultural heritage, intellectual property rights and Indigenous rights and ethics.
T. L. Cowan
T. L. Cowan (she/her/they/them)
Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Arts, Culture & Media and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
Cowan’s research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of minoritized digital media and performance practices, and their remains. Cowan co-directs three online research environments: the Cabaret Commons, the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC), and the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI). With Jas Rault, she is co-editor of “Metaphors as Meaning and Method in Technoculture,” a special section of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (Fall 2022) and co-author of Heavy Processing, about trans- feminist and queer digital research methods and ethics (Punctum Books, 2023). She is also a co-author of the Feminist Data Manifest-No.
Eng Sengsavang (she/her/hers)
Reference Archivist, UNESCO
Eng Sengsavang is the Reference Archivist at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France. She holds dual master’s degrees in Archival and Library Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her current research, as part of the international scholarly project InterPARES Trust, is focused on archives, digitization, and artificial intelligence. She is co-editor with Jens Boel of Recordkeeping in International Organizations: Archives in Transition in Digital, Networked Environments (Routledge, 2021).
Shyla Seller (she/her/hers)
Director of Collections, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
Shyla Seller is an archivist and editor living on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She is Managing Editor of Archivaria: The Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists and manages digitization and cataloguing projects for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
Kelly Stewart (she/her/hers)
Chief Archivist, Artefactual
Kelly is responsible for ensuring that Artefactual meets the needs of clients using Archivematica and AtoM for digital preservation, archival description and online access.
Kelly holds a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia and has many years experience as a consultant and educator in archives and records management, specializing in policy work, business process analysis, facilitation and teaching. From 2007 to 2015 she was the Archives Advisor for the Archives Association of British Columbia, an early adopter of AtoM. She also worked on implementing Archivematica at Simon Fraser University Archives from 2014 to 2016.
Kelly taught in the Library Technician program at the University of the Fraser Valley from 1997 to 2015 and was an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of British Columbia on and off between 2006-2014, teaching non-textual archives, arrangement and description, and archival description using open-source software.
Dominique Luster (she/her/hers)
Founder & Principle Archivist, The Luster Company
Dominique is one part archivist-one part researcher, with a dash of genealogy for taste. After working at universities, libraries, and museums across the U.S. for nearly a decade, she understood that history is not merely a listing of events in chronological order. But rather a meticulously curated phenomenon of power. All too often, the stories of marginalized communities are suppressed, oppressed, erased, or forgotten. Dominique’s research seeks to support those communities by helping individuals and organizations uplift, honor, and tell stories that represent the lived experiences of diverse voices and the Black diaspora.
Clea Jonquil Hargreaves
Clea Jonquil Hargreaves (she/her/hers)
MAS / Archivist, Researcher, Grief Counsellor
The Embodied Grief Archive, The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC
Grief and loss find resonance not only within the fonds but also with those whose purpose it is to witness and preserve our collective narrative of existence. As archivists we possess agency in how memory is collected, stored and embraced by scholars and the public, meaning that we have a responsibility to capture and present the evidence of the past in as complete and honest a way as possible. However, without intoning the emotional aspects of life as it is documented within the archive, an archive is not complete. As an archivist, researcher, grief counselor, somatic therapist, complex trauma survivor and compassionate human it is my desire to provide a safe space for witnessing, documenting and healing as we journey together through this beautiful and at times heartbreaking gift of life.
Rebecca Pattillo (she/her/hers)
Rebecca Pattillo is a cultural heritage expert and archivist who has worked in academic archives, museums, and historical societies. Her research interests are around the intersections of community and institutional archives, public memory, inclusion/exclusion and bias in metadata, and ethical and sustainable labor practices in the field. She received her MLS and MA in Public History from IUPUI in 2016. She lives with her spouse Charlotte, their dog, and two cats in Durham, NC.
Kyna Herzinger (she/her/hers)
Records Manager, Presbyterian Historical Society
Kyna Herzinger is a field archivist and records manager for the Presbyterian Historical Society. In this role, she oversees institutional records through their life cycle—from active management to long-term preservation. She draws on over 15 years of experience serving cultural heritage institutions, state government, and higher education in both the Northwest and the Southeast. Kyna’s research is split between the mechanics of archival administration, especially digital preservation, and an exploration of the ways that ideas about archives and archival work shape professional methodologies. She received a BA in History from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and an MLIS and MA from the Univeristy of South Carolina.
Zakiya Collier (she/her/they/them)
Archivist and Memory Worker, Shift Collective
Zakiya Collier (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based Black, queer archivist and memory worker. She is currently the Community Manager for the Documenting the Now project with Shift Collective. Her work and research explore the role of cooperative thought and improvisation in the sustainability of cultural memory, particularly in marginalized communities and cultural heritage institutions. Some of her previous work includes serving as the Digital Archivist for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Project Archivist at Weeksville Heritage Center, and a collaborator on the Archiving the Black Web project. Zakiya is an affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at New York University, an Archives Advisory Board Member for the LGBT Community Center National History Archive, and a guest co-editor of a special issue of The Black Scholar on Black Archival Practice.
Ferrin Evans (he/him/his)
McGill Law, BCL/JD ’25
Ferrin Evans holds a Master of Information (Archives and Records Management concentration) from University of Toronto. He has worked for the Media Commons Archive at U of T Libraries, as well as the university’s Sexual Representation Collection, and volunteered with Les archives gaies du Québec and The ArQuives (Toronto). He is currently enrolled at McGill University, Faculty of Law.
The following speakers will be presenting in the ACA@UBC Symposium on February 11, 2023.
Kawmadie Karunanayake (they/them/theirs)
MLIS at Western University
Kawmadie is completing the final semester of their MLIS. They’re interested in investigating the role of relationality and community building within memory keeping institutions.
Joel Saldaña Perez
Joel Saldaña Perez (he/him/his)
Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Arizona
Joel is a Ph.D. candidate in Mexican American Studies with a minor in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona. His research interests are Mexican and Mexican American foodways and herbal medicine and how gardens and kitchens act as decolonial archival spaces for these traditions and practices.
Maddie Hare (she/her/elle)
Master of Information Student, Dalhousie University
Maddie Hare is a Master of Information candidate at Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management. Her background in History informs her current research which seeks to bridge disciplinary divides. Hare’s research interests include Archives, Bibliometrics, the Digital Humanities, and the processes of learning and teaching in higher education.
Shawnne McMillion-Jackson (she/her/hers)
Master of Science in Library and Information Studies, Old Dominion University
Shawnne McMillion-Jackson is an MLIS student at ODU in Norfolk, Virginia. She is specializing in Special Collections/Archives. She wanted to work in archives after researching her family genealogy. She wanted to preserve documents necessary to document ancestry. She realized that archives were not designed for African American research.
Harrison Apple, PhD (they/them/theirs)
Associate Director, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University
Harrison Apple is an interdisciplinary artist and historian based in Pittsburgh, PA. They are the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and media preservation initiative focused on after-hours nightclubs and working-class LGBTQ lives in Pittsburgh. They received their PhD from the University of Arizona Department of Gender & Women’s Studies with a doctoral minor from the School of Information. Their intellectual work covers transfeminism, critical theories of social membership, and archival science. They are currently focused on producing the MS 89 Screening Series, a live & in-person only series of nightclub archives screening events with community guest hosts to create new intergenerational friendships via our shared desire for a shared past.
Yvonne Ng (she/her/hers)
Senior Program Manager, Archives, WITNESS
Yvonne is the Senior Manager of the Archives Program at WITNESS, where she trains and supports partners on collecting, managing, and preserving video documentation for human rights advocacy and evidence. She also develops training resources related to archiving and preservation aimed at grassroots activists, and contributes to a growing global community of practice working at the intersection of archives, technology, and human rights.
Stanley H. Griffin
Stanley H. Griffin (he/him/his)
Deputy Dean (Undergraduate Matters, Humanities) and Senior Lecturer, Archival and Information Studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Library and Information Studies, respectively
Stanley H. Griffin (he/him) holds a BA (Hons.) in History, and a PhD in Cultural Studies (with High Commendation), from the Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies, Barbados, and an MSc in Archives and Records Management (Int’l), University of Dundee, Scotland. Stanley is Senior Lecturer in Archival and Information Studies and coordinates the Graduate Programme in Archives and Records Management in the Department of Library and Information Studies, UWI Mona Campus. Since 1 August 2021, Stanley serves as Deputy Dean for Undergraduate Matters (Humanities) in the Faculty of Humanities & Education. Stanley thinks and writes (mostly) about Caribbean archives and records, culture, history and heritage, and enjoys a good cup of tea.
Lara Maestro (she/her/they/them)
Archivist, RITA (Revolutionary InternationalisT Archives); Organizer, WoW (Women for Filipino Women and Children)
Lara Maestro is an MAS/MLIS graduate from UBC iSchool who conducted her MAS thesis fieldwork in the Cordillera region of the Philippines among Indigenous activists who have mobilized political events as living archives of struggle. She is currently a full-time community organizer and archivist working to increase the utility and accessibility of records that contribute to active political struggles in the Philippines and around the world.
Kristin Kozar, MLIS (she/her/hers)
Hwlitsum First Nation
Interim Executive Director, UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
Kristin attained her Masters of Library and Information Studies in 2018 with a focus on First Nation Curriculum Concentration. She has worked on projects where she researched and analyzed Indigenous data sovereignty to assist Indigenous peoples and communities to have rightful autonomy over their own records.
Skylee-Storm Hogan-Stacey (they/them/she/her)
Research and Legal Team, Office of the Independent Special Interlocutor.
Skylee-Storm Hogan-Stacey is a historian and researcher based in the unceded territories of the Algonquin Anishinaabek in Ottawa, Ontario. They have worked on various projects with the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Know History, and the Office of the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools. Skylee-Storm focuses on Indigenous history, residential schools, and Indigenous community archival practices. Their forthcoming book Decolonial Archival Futures with Krista McCracken will be published with the American Libraries Association in late 2023.
The Speakers page will be updated as we continue to confirm speakers who will be attending the Seminar and Symposium.