Research Profile

James O'Sullivan

Biography

I have a number of ongoing research interests, but my primary focus lies in exploring the ways in which the digital is transforming modes of cultural production, particularly practices of reading and writing. I examine, among other things, electronic literature, literary games, digital publishing, and computer-assisted criticism. I also hold an interest in modernism, contemporary Irish literature, and science fiction, and have contributed to a number of interdisciplinary research projects. I like to think of myself as a literary and cultural scholar who crosses a number of disciplinary boundaries. As a practitioner, I am the Founding Editor of New Binary Press and Digital Literary Studies, a freelance journalist, and writer. I took up a lectureship at University College Cork in July 2017, having previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University.

A native of Cork city, my third-level education began at Cork Institute of Technology, where I obtained my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in the School of Science & Informatics. From here, I went on to study for a Higher Diploma in Arts in English at University College Cork, before completing my M.A. in Modernity, Literature and Culture at University College Dublin. I received my doctorate from University College Cork in 2016.

I have edited several scholarly collections, namely Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and Electronic Literature: Contexts, Forms, and Practice (Bloomsbury forthcoming). My research has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed publications, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, English Studies, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. I have given plenaries and guest lectures at such venues as the Institute of the Polish Language at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Electronic Literature Lab, Washington State University, Vancouver. My research has drawn attention from the press, being cited in venues like The New Yorker.

From 2013-2018, I was Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, acting as Chair of the DHSI Colloquium. I have also served on the Association for Computers and the Humanities' Standing Committee on Affiliates, and as a Communications Fellow with the European Association for Digital Humanities.As a creative writer, I have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The SHOp, Cyphers, and Southword. I am the author of three collections of poetry, Courting Katie (Salmon Poetry 2017) Groundwork (Alba 2014) and Kneeling on the Redwood Floor (Lapwing 2011). I include third-place in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2016 among my honours, and have been a guest reader at Ó Bhéal, the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, and the Niagara Artists' Centre.

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

Publications

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature
Ross, Shawna; O'Sullivan, James (Ed.). (2016) Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature London: Palgrave Macmillan.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2018)'Electronic Literature: Contexts and Poetics'
Heckman, Davin; O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'Electronic Literature: Contexts and Poetics' In: Kenneth M. Price and Ray Siemens (eds). Literary Studies in a Digital Age. New York: Modern Language Association.   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2018)'your visit will leave a permanent mark: Poetics in the Post-Digital Economy'
Heckman, Davin; O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'your visit will leave a permanent mark: Poetics in the Post-Digital Economy' In: Joseph Tabbi (eds). The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature. London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic. [Details]
(2016)'Dissemination as Cultivation: Scholarly Communications in a Digital Age'
O'Sullivan, James; Long, Christopher P.; Mattson, Mark (2016) 'Dissemination as Cultivation: Scholarly Communications in a Digital Age' In: Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane, and Ray Siemens (eds). Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research. London and New York: Routlege. [Details]
(2016)'Infrastructure for Open Access: Mechanics, Economics, Politics'
Mattson, Mark; Pickle, Sarah; Gearhart, Andrew; O'Sullivan, James (2016) 'Infrastructure for Open Access: Mechanics, Economics, Politics' In: Kevin L. Smith and Katherine A. Dickson (eds). Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communications. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'The Equivalence of Books: Monographs, Prestige, and the Rise of Edge Cases'
O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'The Equivalence of Books: Monographs, Prestige, and the Rise of Edge Cases'. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies,   [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Measuring Joycean Influences on Flann O’Brien'
O'Sullivan, James; Bazarnik, Katarzyna; Eder, Maciej; Rybicki, Jan (2018) 'Measuring Joycean Influences on Flann O’Brien'. Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, 8 (1)   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2018)'Introduction: Digital Humanities as Dissonant'
O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'Introduction: Digital Humanities as Dissonant'. Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, 8 (1)   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2018)'The limits of distinctive words: Re-evaluating literature’s gender marker debate'
Weidman, Sean G.; O'Sullivan, James (2018) 'The limits of distinctive words: Re-evaluating literature’s gender marker debate'. Digital Scholarship In The Humanities, 33 (2):374-390   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'“The Dream of an Island”: Dear Esther and the Digital Sublime'
O'Sullivan, James (2017) '“The Dream of an Island”: Dear Esther and the Digital Sublime'. Paradoxa, 29 :314-326 [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Structure over Style: Collaborative Authorship and the Revival of Literary Capitalism'
Fuller, Simon; O'Sullivan, James (2017) 'Structure over Style: Collaborative Authorship and the Revival of Literary Capitalism'. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 11 (1)   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Reactions to Imagery Generated Using Computational Aesthetic Measures'
Gade, Prasad; Galvin, Mary; O’Sullivan, James; Walsh, Paul; Murphy, Órla (2017) 'Reactions to Imagery Generated Using Computational Aesthetic Measures'. Leonardo, 50 (5):453-460   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'A Tale of Two Internships: Developing Digital Skills through Engaged Scholarship'
Hswe, Patricia; LaLonde, Tara; Miffitt, Kate; O’Sullivan, James; Pickle, Sarah; Piekielek, Nathan; Ross, Heather; Rozo, Albert (2017) 'A Tale of Two Internships: Developing Digital Skills through Engaged Scholarship'. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 11 (3)   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Modernist Intermediality: The False Dichotomy between High Modernism and Mass Culture'
O'Sullivan, James (2017) 'Modernist Intermediality: The False Dichotomy between High Modernism and Mass Culture'. English Studies, 98 (3):283-309   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Collapsing Generation and Reception: Holes as Electronic Literary Impermanence'
Allen, Graham; O'Sullivan, James (2016) 'Collapsing Generation and Reception: Holes as Electronic Literary Impermanence'. Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, (15)   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)'The Emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland'
O'Sullivan, James; Murphy, Orla; Day, Shawn (2015) 'The Emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland'. breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies,   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)'Programming in the Digital Humanities'
O'Sullivan, James; Jakacki, Diane; Galvin, Mary (2015) 'Programming in the Digital Humanities'. Digital Scholarship In The Humanities, 30 (1):142-147   [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The New Apparatus of Influence: Material Modernism in the Digital Age'
O'Sullivan, James (2014) 'The New Apparatus of Influence: Material Modernism in the Digital Age'. The International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 8 (2):226-238   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)'Finn’s Hotel and the Joycean Canon'
O'Sullivan, James (2014) 'Finn’s Hotel and the Joycean Canon'. Genetic Joyce Studies, (14)   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)'Time and Technology in Orlando'
O'Sullivan, James (2014) 'Time and Technology in Orlando'. ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 27 (1):40-45   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2013)'The Anxiety of Change: Man’s Fear of Obsolescence as Expressed in Science Fiction'
O'Sullivan, James (2013) 'The Anxiety of Change: Man’s Fear of Obsolescence as Expressed in Science Fiction'. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 42 (115):7-13 [Details]
(2010)'Collective Consciousness in Science Fiction'
O'Sullivan, James (2010) 'Collective Consciousness in Science Fiction'. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 39 (110):80-85 [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2017)Scholarly Equivalents of the Monograph? An Examination of some Digital Edge Cases.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Scholarly Equivalents of the Monograph? An Examination of some Digital Edge Cases. The Academic Book of the Future (AHRC-funded project), London. [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2017)Publishing Holes.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Publishing Holes. Cork: Articles [Details]
(2015)Regarding the Joyce Word Dictionary.
Chenier, Natasha Rose; O'Sullivan, James (2015) Regarding the Joyce Word Dictionary. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Articles [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2018)We need to talk about the digital humanities job.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) We need to talk about the digital humanities job. School of Advanced Study, University of London: Blog   [CORA Link] [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2017)Electronic Literature’s Contemporary Moment: Breeze and Campbell’s “All the Delicate Duplicates”.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Electronic Literature’s Contemporary Moment: Breeze and Campbell’s “All the Delicate Duplicates”. Magazine article   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)Computing differences in language between male and female authors.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Computing differences in language between male and female authors. Magazine article   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)Why you don't need to write much to be the world's bestselling author.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Why you don't need to write much to be the world's bestselling author. Magazine article   [CORA Link] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2018)A time for honesty... here's what the church means to me.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) A time for honesty... here's what the church means to me. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)Bill Clinton and James Patterson are co-authors – but who did the writing?.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Bill Clinton and James Patterson are co-authors – but who did the writing?. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)Forget the ivory tower - lecturers are working class too.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Forget the ivory tower - lecturers are working class too. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2018)Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions.
O'Sullivan, James (2018) Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions. Newspaper Articles   [Details]
(2017)The realities of independent publishing in Ireland.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) The realities of independent publishing in Ireland. Dublin: Newspaper Articles   [Details]

Poems

 YearPublication
(2017)Courting Katie.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) Courting Katie. Clare: Poems [Details]
(2014)Groundwork.
O'Sullivan, James (2014) Groundwork. Uxbridge: Poems [Details]
(2011)Kneeling on the Redwood Floor.
O'Sullivan, James (2011) Kneeling on the Redwood Floor. Belfast: Poems [Details]

Sound recording

 YearPublication
(2017)The Baudelaire Song Project.
O'Sullivan, James (2017) The Baudelaire Song Project. Cork: Sound recording   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)Telling stories at DHSI: Interviews with Ray Siemens.
Renihan, Colleen; Prellwitz, Andrew; Murphy, Liam; O'Sullivan, James (2016) Telling stories at DHSI: Interviews with Ray Siemens. Cork: Sound recording   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)ELO2016 panel, “Feminist Horizons”.
O'Sullivan, James (2016) ELO2016 panel, “Feminist Horizons”. Cultural Mechanics: Sound recording   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)Digital fiction, according to Alice Bell.
O'Sullivan, James (2016) Digital fiction, according to Alice Bell. Cork: Sound recording   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)The Digital Autobiographic: Holes.
Galvin, Mary; O'Sullivan, James (2015) The Digital Autobiographic: Holes. Cork: Sound recording   [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)The Digital Search for Meaning: An Interview with Michael Maguire.
O'Sullivan, James (2015) The Digital Search for Meaning: An Interview with Michael Maguire. Cork: Sound recording   [CORA Link] [Details]

Interview

 YearPublication
(2017)Discussing stylometry with Seán Moncrieff (Newstalk FM).
O'Sullivan, James; Moncrieff, Seán (2017) Discussing stylometry with Seán Moncrieff (Newstalk FM). Interview   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013High Commendation, The Charles Macklin Poetry Prize The Charles Macklin Festival
2016Third-place, Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize Munster Literature Centre
2010Best Innovation in an Emerging Space, Cork County and City Enterprise Boards CIT Prize for Innovation Cork County and City Enterprise Boards / Cork Institute of Technology
2013Honorable Mention, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Essay Prize Global Outlook::Digital Humanities
2014Shortlisted, Paul Fortier Prize Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
2014Shortlisted, Fish Short Story Prize Fish Publishing
2014High Commendation, Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition Munster Literature Centre
2014Honorable Mention, CSDH/SCHN Ian Lancashire Award Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des sciences humaines numériques (CSDH/SCHN)
2015Shortlisted, Fish Poetry Prize Fish Publishing
2016Shortlisted, Fish Poetry Prize Fish Publishing

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Member/
Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) Member/
Modern Language Association (MLA) Member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria Associate Director2013 / 2018
Public Poetry Project, Pennsylvania Center for the Book Member of the Advisory Committee2015 / 2016
Strategic Working Group for Advancing University Research, Pennsylvania State University Committee Member2014 / 2015
Center for Humanities and Information, Pennsylvania State University Advisory Board2014 / 2016
Executive Board, ADHO GO::DH Appointed Member2014 / 2015
European Association for Digital Humanities Communications Fellow2014 / 2016

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Pennsylvania State University Digital Humanities Research Designer01-JUL-14 / 22-JAN-16
University of Sheffield Digital Humanities Research Associate25-JAN-16 / 03-JUL-17
Washington State University, Vancouver Adjunct Professor01-JAN-15 / 01-JAN-16
University College Cork Lecturer in Digital Arts & Humanities03-JUL-17 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2013University College Dublin Master of ArtsModernity, Literature & Culture
2016University College Cork Doctor of PhilosophyDigital Arts & Humanities
2012Cork Institute of Technology Master of ScienceComputer Science

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