Jason Camlot, PhD
Professor , English
Concordia University Research Chair (Tier I) in Literature and Sound Studies, English
Jason Camlot’s critical works include Phonopoetics: The Making of Early Literary Recordings (Stanford 2019), Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic (Routledge 2008), and the co-edited collections, CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (with Katherine McLeod, McGill Queen’s UP, 2019) and Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century (Véhicule 2007). He is also the author of four collections of poetry, Attention All Typewriters, The Animal Library, The Debaucher, and What the World Said. He is the principal investigator and director of The SpokenWeb <www.spokenweb.ca>, a SSHRC-funded partnership that focuses on the history of literary sound recordings and the digital preservation and presentation of collections of literary audio. He is Professor of English and Concordia University Research Chair (CURC, Tier I) in Literature and Sound Studies.
PhD (1998)—Department of English, Stanford University, Stanford, California, U.S.A.
MA (1991)—Graduate Program in English, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
BA (1990)— English (Major), Western Civilization Studies (Major) & Creative Writing (Minor), Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Research and teaching interests
Literature and Sound Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth Century Print Culture and Rhetoric, Media History, Sound Recording, Elocution and Recitation, Contemporary American and Canadian Poetry, Poetry as a Genre, Romantic Literature, Creative Writing: Poetry.
Grants / research projects / honors and awards
· Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Connections Grant, (Jason Camlot, PI), “Literary Sound Studies in Theory and Practice,” 15 April 2020-21 December 2021. ($24,977)
· VPRGS Aid to Research Related Events (for events), (Jason Camlot, PI), “Listening, Sound, Agency,” 1 may 2020 - 31 October 2021. ($5,000)
· Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) Travel Funding, NAVSA 2019, 15 October 2019 ($1000)
· Tier 1 Concordia University Research Chair in Literature and Sound Studies, (Jason Camlot, Chair), Concordia University Vice President Research and Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Arts and Science, 1 June 2019 – 31 May 2024 ($100,000: $20,000 per year for five years)
· John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), (Jason Camlot, PI), “The Amplitude Lab (AMPLab) for Literary Sound Studies,” 1 May 2019-31 August 2020. ($200,000)
· Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant (Concordia University), (Jason Camlot, PI, Steven High, Co-Applicant), “Oral Literary History: Archives of Literary Performance, Oral History and Sound Studies,” 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2021. ($40,000)
· VPRGS Aid to Research Related Events (for publication), (Jason Camlot, PI), “CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event,” 1 November 2018 - 31 October 2019. ($5,000)
· Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Partnership Grant, (Jason Camlot, PI). “The SpokenWeb: Conceiving and Creating a Nationally Networked Archive of Literary Recordings for Research and Teaching,” 2018-2025. ($2.5 million)
HONOURS and AWARDS
· Concordia University Research Chair in Literature and Sound Studies (Tier 1), 1 June 2019 – 31 May 2024.
· North American Victorian Studies Association Donald Gray Prize for Best Essay Published in the field of Victorian Studies, 2016
· Prix L’Académiede la vie littéraire, for What The WorldSaid, 2014
· Finalist, ReLitAwards (Poetry), for What The World Said,2014
· DistinguishedVisiting Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, May-June 2013
· ConcordiaUniversity Newsmaker of the Week,Concordia Communications Services, for coverage of The Victorianator in the NewYorker, Wired, Globe & Mail, etc. August 2011.
· Finalist,Expozine Alternative Press Awards 2009, Best English Book, for The Debaucher
· Finalist,Gabrielle Roy Prize 2007 (Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures), forLanguage Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976to the 21st Century (Véhicule Press, 2007)
· Finalist, QuebecWriter's Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry 2000, for The Animal Library (DC Books, 2000)
Research related web links
Links to Books:
Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic (Ashgate 2008)
Language Acts (Vehicule 2007)
The Debaucher (Insomniac 2008)
Attention All Typewriters (DC Books 2005)
The Animal Library (DC Books 2000)
CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event. Co-Edited with Dr. Katherine McLeod. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2019. ISBN: 0773558667
Phonopoetics: The Making of Early Literary Recordings, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press 2019. ISBN: 9781503605213
“The Poetry Series.” Amodern 4 (March 2015). <http://amodern.net> Co-Editor with Christine Mitchell, special issue on poetry, performance and sound media, consisting of 17 articles.
What The World Said [Poems], Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2013. ISBN: 1771260165
Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic. Aldershot, U.K. and Burlington, U.S.A: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 0 7546 5311 0
Selected Reviews: Victorian Studies 51 (Winter 2009)
“Anglo-Quebec Poetry.” Editor of a special issue of Canadian Poetry 64 (2009) ISSN 0704-5647
The Debaucher [Poems]. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2008. ISBN: 1897178611
Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century. Ed. Jason Camlot and Todd Swift. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 2007. ISBN 1550652257
Attention All Typewriters [Poems] Montreal: DC Books, 2005. ISBN: 0919688012
The Animal Library [Poems]. Montreal: DC Books, 2000. ISBN: 0919688624
“The First Phonogramic Poem: Conceptions of Genre and Media Format, circa 1888.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. (February 2020): Web. [5800 words].
“Archival Spectres and Formats of the Event: The Foster Poetry Conference, 1963.” CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event. Ed. Jason Camlot and Dr. Katherine McLeod. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2019. 141-164.
“Morrisian Spectres of Working and Learning in the Context of “The New Division of Labour.” Socialist Studies Etudes Socialistes 13.1 (Spring 2018): 57-66.
"Robert Creeley in Transition 1967/1970: Changing Formats for the Public Poetry Reading,” English Studies in Canada (ESC) 43.2-3 (June/December 2017): 215-245.
“Historicist Audio Forensics: The Archive of Voices as Repository of Material and Conceptual Artifacts.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 21 (2015): 1-21. Web [9500 words]. https://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/articles/10.16995/ntn.744/
“Prose, Non-Fiction.” The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), 1351-1360.
“Le Foster Poetry Conference, 1963.” Littérature Québécoise: Voix et Images 40.2 (hiver 2015): 59-75.
Recent conference papers / readings / talks
“Dynamic Systems for Humanities Audio Collections: The Theory and Rationale of Swallow.” 30 minute paper with Tomasz Neugebauer and Francisco Berrizbeitia. DH2020 (Ottawa/Virtual Conference), 24 July 2020.
“Ethical Soundings in Collaborative Digital Humanities Research Projects: Critical Scenarios from The SpokenWeb.” 2 hour session comprised of 6 papers, and nine co-authors: Tanya Clement, U Texas; Klara du Plessis, Concordia U; Liz Fisher, U Texas; Deanna Fong, Concordia U; Yuliya Kondratenko, Concordia U; Emily Murphy, UBCO; Annie Murray, U Calgary; Michael O’Driscoll, I Alberta; Karis Shearer, UBCO. DH2020 (Ottawa/Virtual Conference), 24 July 2020.
“Early Genres of Recorded Speech: What the Catalogues Said,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Columbus, OH, 17-19 October 2019.
“Early Recorded Cowboy Poetry: Audiotextual Forms and Formats of “Lasca,” PCA/ACA Conference, Wilmington, NC, 26-28 September 2019.
“Documenting Humanities-Oriented Spoken Collections,” 1.5 hour presentation with Michael O’Driscoll, Sean Luyk, Holly Pickering, Ali Azarpahah (all U Alberta), CSDH/SCHN Digital Humanities Conference, University of British Columbia, 2-4 June 2019.
“Situating Patrimony: Audiotextual Features of Warren Tallmen’s Retirement Speech,” The Soundbox Sessions, UBC Special Congress Programming, University of British Columbia, 1 June 2019.
“Disciplinary Listening,” Resonant Practices in Communities of Sound, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 30-31 May, 2019.
“The Afterlife of Performance: A metahistory of production and circulation,” 8000-word paper written and presented with Annie Murray (U Calgary) and Darren Werslher (Concordia U), Text/Sound/Performance: Making in Canadian Space, University College Dublin, Ireland, 25-27 April 2019.
“Preparing for Analysis: Seeking Feedback on SpokenWeb’s First Steps,” Great Lakes Association of Sound Studies (GLASS), Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 27 October 2018.
“Vocalic Bodies in Generic Lists: An Anatomy of Early Record Catalogues,” Victorian Studies Associate of Western Canada / Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, “The Body and the Page” Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 25-29 July 2018.
“Collection Thinking,” Collection Thinking Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, 12-14 June 2018.
“Curating the Signal,” Kanada Koncrete: Verbi-Voco-Visual Poetries in the Digital Age (The Canadian Literature Symposium), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, 4-6 May 2018.
“Voice” (Panel Moderator), The International Conference on Narrative, McGill University, Montreal, 18 April 2018.
“Dramatic Recitation with Orchestral Accompaniment.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Banff, Alberta, 16-19
“Media Archeology, Affordances and Portability in a Medieval Frame: A Response,” Old Media
and the Medieval Concept” (a SSHRC-funded conference, PI, Stephen Yeager), Concordia
University, Montreal, 5-6 June 2017.
“The Victorian Album as Blank,” North American Victorian Studies Association Supernumerary
Conference, Florence, Italy, 17-19 May 2017.
“Media Format and Modernist Poetry Performance,” Modernist Soundscapes Panel, Modern
Language Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 6 January 2017.
“Aural Frost in a Digital Environment,” Digital Frost Panel, Modern Language Association
Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 5 January 2017.
“Audiography of The Waste Land.” Society for the History of Authorship, Research and Publishing (SHARP), Paris, France. 18-22 July, 2016.
“Acquiring Richler’s Library.” The Promise of Paradise: Reading, Researching and Using the Personal Library. Concordia University, Montreal, 17-18 June 2016.
“Teaching with Early Sound Recordings: Performance-Media-History.” Supporting Humanities Online Research and Education Symposium. Purdue University, 5 May 2016.
“The Victorian Album: A Workshop on Methodologies and Theories of Material
Use.” McMaster Plenary Workshop. Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC). Winnipeg, MB, 21-24 April, 2016.
“Le Cégep comme “moyen” de la poésie anglo-québécoise.” Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS), Université du Québec à Montréal. 12 May 2016.
“Sound and Protest.” Convener and Moderator. MLA Conference, Austin, TX, January 8, 2016.
I am the director of The SpokenWeb, an international partnership that that develops and explores archives of literary sound recordings (see: spokenweb.ca) and of the AMPLab at Concordia University, and hold the position of Tier I Concordia University Research Chair in Literature and Sound Studies.