James O'SullivanI have a number of ongoing research interests, but my primary focus lies in exploring the ways in which the digital is transforming various modes of cultural production, as well as practices of reading and writing. I examine, amongst other things, electronic literature, literary games, digital publishing and dissemination, 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 completed my M.A. in Modernity, Literature and Culture at University College Dublin. In December 2015, I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis, Towards a Digital Poetics, at University College Cork.

I have edited several scholarly books, namely Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and Electronic Literature: Contexts, Forms, and Practice (West Virginia University forthcoming). My research has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed publications, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Leonardo, the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, English Studies, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. In 2014, I was shortlisted for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations’ Fortier Prize. 

I am very active within the Digital Arts and Humanities community. I am Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, as well as Chair of the DHSI Colloquium. 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.

As a creative writer, I have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The SHOp, Cyphers, and Southword. I am the author of two collections of poetry, 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 have contributed regular articles and features to a number of periodicals, including The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, The Independent, The ConversationHeadStuff, and Cork Evening Echo. My podcast, Cultural Mechanics, relates to my interests in digital culture and the Arts and Humanities.