Plenary Speakers

Keynote Title – Learning to Collaborate (or Why You Should Hang Out with Librarians)

Ian Milligan is an Associate Professor of History (effective July 1, 2017) at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches in Canadian and digital history.

Dr. Milligan’s work explores how historians can use web archives, the large repositories of cultural information that the Internet Archive and many other libraries have been collecting since 1996. In 2015, his book The Historian’s Macroscope (co-authored with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart) appeared. This is a collaborative textbook which aims to lower the barriers for new entrants to the field of digital history.

Dr. Milligan has published in several other venues. His 2014 book, Rebel Youth, was a finalist for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian History, the annual award given to the best work of Canadian historical non-fiction. He has also published numerous pieces in historical, library, and computer science journals and presented at many conferences. In 2016, Dr. Milligan was named the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN)’s recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Award.

Keynote Title – The State of Digital Pedagogy: Where Networks & Institutions Intersect

Dr. Bonnie Stewart is an educator and social media researcher fascinated by who we are when we’re online. Coordinator of Adult Teaching programs at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Founder/Director of the media literacy initiative Antigonish 2.0, Dr. Stewart explores the intersections of knowledge, technology, and identity in her work. Community capacity-building and professional learning are the focus of her current research, which considers the tensions of networked and institutional practices in higher education. Dr. Stewart writes and speaks about networked scholarship, digital strategy, leadership, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) around the world, and her work aims to enact the open, participatory, and collaborative ethos that her research examines. She blogs ideas at, and does her best thinking out loud on Twitter as @bonstewart.

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Keynote Title – The Hip Hop Archive as Pedagogical Design Issue: Speculating Across the Physical to the Digital

Dr. Joycelyn Wilson is currently the 2016-2017 Fellow in the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. She holds a faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech, and affiliate faculty status in the Africana Studies Program and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech. She is an alumni fellow of the Harvard Hiphop Archive. Dr. Wilson is also the Founding Chair of the Hip Hop Theories, Pedagogies, and Praxis Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Wilson’s research interests are uniquely oriented to design strategies that leverage African American expressive traditions and digital humanities to enhance the social justice literacies of grades 9-12 and undergraduate STEM-influencers. She has also developed lines of research in virtual reality and digital ethnography, as highlighted on Dr. Wilson is an Emmy-nominated documentary film producer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @iamdrjoceyln.