Statements by Candidates

Elections for 3 positions in the EADH executive committee

3 candidates:

Merisa Martinez

Anna-Maria Sichani

Rada Varga


Candidate statement of Merisa Martinez

I am honored to be nominated for the EADH Executive Committee. I am currently an Expert in Digital Scholarship at KU Leuven in the Artes Library, a PhD Student in Library and Information Science at the University of Borås, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Cambridge University Digital Library. Previously, I was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Research Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT) ITN, an EADH affiliated project. My research focuses on the digitization process in libraries and how it is informed by critical interventions from conservators, librarians, imaging specialists, and scholars in a constant flow of knowledge transfer, without which the quality of digital facsimiles – and by extension digital scholarship – suffers. My current post affords me the opportunity to work with colleagues across several universities in Belgium in order to build stronger ties among us and develop new ideas for DH-based collaborations, as well as to work with students to ensure they have the tools and methods needed to carry out DH-related projects. As a member of the EADH Executive Committee, my focus would be on promoting the value of libraries, library-based scholars, and library-led research initiatives to the wider DH community.

Candidate statement of Anna-Maria Sichani

I am a Post-Doc Research Fellow at University of Sussex, specialising in data modeling, digital editions and archives. I studied and worked across four European countries, following an interdisciplinary research path. As an early career researcher, I collaborated in various DH projects, infrastructures and networks (Programming Historian, DiXiT, DARIAH). I am one of the founding members of the newly-established ‘Greek Digital Humanities Research Network’ and I ’d like to bring insights from the Southeast European region to the benefit of EADH.

I am standing for election for the EADH Executive Committee as I want to contribute in the areas of inclusivity and open knowledge in Digital Humanities research and pedagogy. As DH community becomes even more large and diversified, I want to bring my experience and enthusiastic community attitude into empowering and bringing new insights to EADH’s diversity and inclusivity agenda, by enhancing also its communication strategy and outreach. As an advocate for open digital scholarship, I will work to enable inclusive, fair and engaging access to community’s resources, especially for less-represented communities of practice and early-career researchers. Finally, I would like to contribute to shape the EADH’s future within a new era for (inter)national DH organisations.

Candidate statement of Rada Varga

I am honored to be nominate for the EADH Executive Committee and hereby state my interest in becoming a member of it. My intention is motivated by the desire to promote digital humanities in Romania and in general, as efficiently as possible.

I am an ancient historian, junior researcher at the Babeș-Bolyai University and a member of DigiHUBB. During the last few years I have specialized in digital classics and ancient history. I have created, a database comprising people attested in epigraphy, novel in concept and a useful working tool for scientists and students alike. As well, I have been actively involved with the international teaching programme Sunoikisis DC (during the 2017 Fall Semester), which we hope to implement in our university as well.

Trying to promote digital classics on a local level, I have (co-)organized local trainings and workshops (Cluj-Napoca, 2016 & 2018 and Timișoara), as well as international events (Tarragona and London). Lately, I have coordinated the last number of Studia UBB. Digitalia – the only DH journal from Romania.

It would be an honor for me to become an EADH executive and I am sure that, from this position, I could bring a significant contribution.