Prof. Geoffrey Martin ROCKWELL

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Rockwell.jpg Director of the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta Adjunct Member of Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University

1987-1995 Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Thesis: A Unity of Voices, A Definition of Philosophical Dialogue
1985-1987 M.A. (Philosophy), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Canada
1977-1982 B.A. (Philosophy), Haverford College, Haverford, PA, U.S.A.


i) Peer Reviewed:
a) Books
  Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet, Amherst, New York: Humanity Books (an imprint of Prometheus Books), 2003. (230 Pages)
b) Contributions to Books
  “Crowdsourcing the Humanities: Social Research and Collaboration” has been accepted for publication in an forthcoming book, Collaborative Research in the Digital Humanities edited by Marilyn Deegan and Willard McCarty. To be published by Ashgate. (20 Manuscript Pages.)
  Secondary author with Stéfan Sinclair of “Between Language and Literature: Digital Text Exploration” in Teaching Literature and Language Online, edited by Ian Lancashire. New York: Modern Languages Association of America, 2009. Pages 104 - 117.
  “TAPoR: Building a Portal for Text Analysis”, in Mind Technologies: Humanities Computing and the Canadian Academic Community, edited by Raymond Siemens and David Moorman. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 285-299.
  Secondary author with Andrew Mactavish of a chapter on “Multimedia Education in the Arts and Humanities”, in Mind Technologies: Humanities Computing and the Canadian Academic Community, edited by Raymond Siemens and David Moorman. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 225-243.
  Co-author with Siemens, Burk, Butler, Gerrity, and Liddell of a section on “The Canadian Arts and Humanities Computing Centre: Past, Present, and Possible Futures”, in Mind Technologies: Humanities Computing and the Canadian Academic Community, edited by Raymond Siemens and David Moorman. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 257-284. My sub-section, “Humanities Computing at McMaster” runs from p. 259-266.
  Primary author with Andrew Mactavish of a chapter on "Multimedia" for A Companion to Humanities Computing. edited by Ray Siemens, Susan Schreibman, and John Unsworth. London: Blackwell Press, 2004, p. 108-120.
  “Le projet Hyperlistes: les listes et leur vocabulaire dans la poésie médiévale énumérative sur le Web”, secondary author with Madeleine Jeay in Ancien et Moyen Français Sur Le Web, Ottawa: Les Éditions David, p. 181-201, 2003.
  “Éloge de l’hypertext. Problèmes d’édition d’un corpus hétérogène”, written with Madeleine Jeay, in Le moyen français; Le traitement du texte, edited by Claude Buridant, Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, p. 101-114, 2000.
  "Empreintes dans le sable: Visualisation scientifique et analyse de texte", primary author, in Litterature, informatique, lecture, edited by Vuillemin and LeNoble, Paris: Pulim, p. 130-160, 1999.
  "Watching Scepticism: Computer Assisted Visualization and Hume's Dialogues", (Primary Author) written with John Bradley, Research in Humanities Computing 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996, p. 32-47.
c) Journal Articles:
  2011: “On the Evaluation of Digital Media as Scholarship” has been accepted for publication in Profession published by the Modern Languages Association. (7330 words)
  2010: Review Essay of Numerico, Teresa, Fiormonte, Domenico and Francesca Tomasi, L’umanista digitale, Bologna: il Mulino, 2010. Review appeared in Ecdotica. Vol. 7 (2010.) Pages 248 – 253. (5 pages.)
  2011: Co-author with Kevin Kee of “The Leisure of Serious Games: A Dialogue.” Game Studies. Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 2011). See <>.
  2010: Primary author with Stéfan Sinclair, Stan Ruecker, and Peter Organisciak of “Ubiquitous Text Analysis” in Visualizing the Archive, an issue of the Poetess Archive Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2010). PDF is 18 pages. See <>.
  2009: Secondary author with Stan Ruecker, Milena Radzikowska, Stéfan Sinclair, Christian Vanderthorpe, Ray Siemens, Teresa Dobson, Lindsay Doll, Mark Bieber, Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Shannon Lucky, and the INKE Research Group of “Drilling for Papers in INKE” in “Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age,” New Knowledge Environments, Vol. 1, No. 1. PDF is 4 pages. See <>.
  2009: “Interrupting Digitization and Thinking about Text” in Informatica Umanistica, edited by Massimo Parodi, Vol. 2. Pages 65 – 86. Also online at <>.
  2005: “MIMes and MeRMAids: On the Possibility of Computer-aided Interpretation”, Text Technology, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 79-90. This is the English version of “Des MaMI et des MaMER”, published in 2003.
  2004: “Serious Play at Hand: Is Gaming Serious Research in the Humanities?” for a collection on “The Ivanhoe Game” in Text Technology, Vol. 12. No 2, 2003. Pages 89 to 99. (Appeared in the year 2004)
  2004: “Introduction; Reflections on the Ivanhoe Game” with Johanna Drucker for a collection on “The Ivanhoe Game” in Text Technology, Vol. 12. No 2, 2003. Pages vii to xviii. (Appeared in the year 2004)}
  2003: “Des MaMI et des MaMER: Sur la possibilité de l'interprétation assistée par ordinateur,” Trans. Stéphanie Posthumus, in L’Astrolabe, an online, peer reviewed journal edited by Michel Lemaire at, 2003.
  2003: “What is Text Analysis, Really?”, Literary and Linguistic Computing, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2003, p. 209-219.
  2002: “Gore Galore: Literary Theory and Computer Games”, Computers and the Humanities, vol. 36, no. 3, 2002, p. 345-358.
  2002: “Report on the Questionnaire”, primary author with Lynne Siemens. This is one section of “The Credibility of Electronic Publishing” which was led by Raymond Siemens. Text Technology, Vol. 11, No. 1, p. 210-228.
  2001: Primary author of “The Visual Concordance: The Design of Eye-ConTact”, Text Technology, vol. 10, no. 1, 2001, p. 73-86.
  1999: "Seeing the Text Through the Trees: Visualization and Interactivity in Textual Applications", (Primary Author) written with John Bradley and Patricia Monger, Literary and Linguistic Computing, vol. 14, no. 1, 1999, p. 115-130.
  1998: "Eye-ConTact: Towards a New Design for Research Text Tools", (Primary Author) written with John Bradley, Computing in the Humanities Working Papers, A.4. February 1998. This online refereed journal is located at: URL:

  1997: "TACTweb: The Intersection of Text-Analysis and Hypertext", (Primary Author) written with Graham Passmore and John Bradley, Educational Computing Research, vol. 17, no. 3, 1997, p. 217-230.
  1992: "Designing for diversity: the user interface of a hypermedia information system on a university campus." (Co-author) written with Joan Cherry, and James Turner, Behaviour and Information Technology. vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan-Feb 1992), p. 1-12.
d) Other, including Proceedings of Meetings
  Primary author with Garry Wong, Stan Ruecker, Megan Meredith-Lobay, and Stéfan Sinclair of “The Big See: Large Scale Visualization” in the online Proceedings of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, University of Chicago, Vol 1, No 2, 2010. PDF is 14 pages. <>.
  “As Transparent as Infrastructure; On the research of cyberinfrastructure in the humanities” in Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come. Proceedings of the Mellon Foundation Online Humanities Conference at the University of Virginia, March 26-28, 2010, edited by Jerome McGann. Houston, Rice University Press, 2010. Pages 461-487. Also online at <>.
  “Graduate Education in Humanities Computing” is an opinion piece in Computers and the Humanities, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2003.