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. In 2016, I joined the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield as their Digital Humanities Research Associate. I have previously held faculty positions at 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 Chair of the University of Victoria’s DHSI Colloquium, and a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities’ Standing Committee on Affiliates. 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 articles and features to a number of national and regional newspapers, including the Irish Examiner and Cork Evening Echo, for which I served as the resident journalist at both the Cork International Choral Festival and Feis Maitiú, Corcaigh. My podcast, Cultural Mechanics, relates to my interests digital culture, the Arts and Humanities.