Dr James O'Sullivan, University College Cork

Hello and welcome!

If you are here than you are probably interested in my work and research in the digital arts and humanities. I conduct empirical research on literature and culture; read digital fiction and literary games; and explore the changing nature of culture and cultural production in the digital age. I work at the Department of Digital Humanities, part of the School of English & Digital Humanities, at University College Cork (UCC). My major book projects include Towards a Digital Poetics (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and The Bloomsbury Handbook to the Digital Humanities (Bloomsbury 2022). I am the Irish Principal Investigator for C21 Editions: Editing and Publishing in the Digital Age, a three-year international collaboration funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the UK-based Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

I serve on the Research & Innovation Committee for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences (CACSSS) at UCC. I am also a member of the inaugural board of the Future Humanities Institute (FHI), for which I convene the cluster on Digital Cultures, New Media, & Cultural Analytics. I am Director of DHSI Atlantic, an international training network for the digital arts and humanities. I was Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, for six years, 2013-2019.

I have previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University, and have taught in an adjunct capacity at Cork Institute of Technology and Washington State University, Vancouver, as well as held visiting fellowships at NOVA University, Lisbon, and Trinity College Dublin.

In addition to the aforementioned books, I have also edited Digital Art in Ireland: New Media and Irish Artistic Practice (Anthem Press 2021), Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices (Bloomsbury 2021), and Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). My research has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed publications, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique, the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing and the MLA’s evolving anthology, Literary Studies in a Digital Age.

I am involved with a variety of digital projects, including the digital archive of the Cork International Film Festival and Joyce Word Dictionary.

I chaired the first ever instance of the Electronic Literature Organization’s annual conference and media arts festival to be hosted in Ireland, ELO2019, which included the curation of an exhibition at the Glucksman. Entitled Peripheries, the exhibition sought to show how authors and artists are merge differing modalities for the purposes of storytelling and expression.

I have conducted external examinations and assessments at the University of Bergen and the University of Kent, and have been appointed to expert referee panels by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the National Science Centre, Poland (NCN).

I serve on the board of Sample-Studios, Cork's largest artist-led studio group, which nurtures a creative environment and provides shared, affordable facilities for arts practitioners from a variety of disciplines. I am also on the board of Fiction at the Friary.

I am a member of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), the Modern Language Association (MLA), and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).

As a creative writer, I have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, Cyphers, and Southword. I am the author of several collections of poetry, including Courting Katie (Salmon Poetry 2017).

I contribute regular articles and features to a number of periodicals, and have published in The Guardian, The Irish Times, and the LA Review of Books.