Jason Camlot, PhD
Associate Professor , English
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs (FAS), English
My research since I arrived at Concordia in 1999 has been pursued on an array of disciplinary fronts (including Victorian literature and culture, the history of media and technology, sound studies, contemporary American poetry, and Canadian poetry), but has demonstrated a consistent concern with questions of genre, media/publication, the history of authorship, and, in the broadest sense, the history and cultural politics of rhetoric. I have completed a few new projects over the past several years: an edited collection of essays about poetry reading series and the media that have captured them <http://amodern.net/issues/amodern-4/> and a new collection of poems, What The World Said.
I am completing a book called Phonopoetics: Approaches to Early Spoken Recordings, which gives an account of the methodologies we can use to tell interesting critical stories about the literary significance of early(1888-1940) recordings of poems, plays and fiction. This project has gone through a series of phases. While it started with an exploration of some contemporary experiments in the relationship between poetry and sound recording (by poets like Michael McClure and david antin), it has become a more historically specific project, and has led to research about a series of contexts—technological, elocutionary, generic, pedagogical, etc.— that help explain what late-Victorian and early twentieth-century voice recordings meant (and what these ‘acoustic’ artifacts might mean within digital environments). A few articles I've published that are related to this work include "The Three Minute Victorian Novel: Early Adaptations of Books to Sound" in Audiobooks, Sound Studies and Literature (Routledge 2011), and most recently, "Historicist Audio Forensics: The Archive of Voices as Repository of Material and Conceptual Artifacts" 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 21 (2015).
I am also at the very beginning of a project about the use(s) of poetry in the Victorian period. This work will consider Victorian poetry in relation to historically located formulations of use, usefulness and uselessness. By considering Victorian ideas of what use poetry is, this project will probably (only time will tell…) develop an historically located argument about what poetry was, and was able to do, in Victorian England. In short, this work will tell the story of particularly purposive nineteenth-century conceptions, activities and practices of poetry. I am also working on two new collections of poems, one that engages with the forms, themes and ‘essence’ of Victorian poetry, and another that explores the meaning of "occasions" in relation to the material constraints that inform our attempts to reproduce them in writing.
In addition to publishing on Victorian topics, and writing books of poetry, I also write and publish articles in a more ad hoc manner on contemporary American poetry, and I am always open to learning about a new poet I hadn’t heard of before. So if you have a new favorite discovery feel free to let me know about it. Other extra-curricular activities include editing the Punchy Poetry imprint for local small press, DC Books, and playing ice hockey in several house leagues.
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
Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth Century Print Culture and Rhetoric, Media History, Sound Recording and Sound Studies, Elocution and Recitation, Contemporary American and Canadian Poetry, Poetry as a Genre, Romantic Literature.
Grants / research projects / honors and awards
· VPRGS Aid toResearch Related Events (ARRE) Grant, (Jason Camlot, PI). “Can Lit AcrossMedia: Archiving the Temporal Literary Event.” 2015-2017. ($4971)
· Social Scienceand Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant– (2.5 million): Collaborator (budget $30,000/yr) – (PI: NeilRandall, University of Waterloo), “IMMERSe: The Interactive and Multi-ModalExperience Research Syndicate.” 2012-2017.
· Social Sciencesand Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant, (JasonCamlot, Principal Investigator), “SpokenWeb: Developing a ComprehensiveWeb-Based Digital Spoken Word Archive for Literary Research.” 2012-2015. ($301,124)
· VPRGS Aid toResearch Related Events (ARRE) Grant, (Jason Camlot, PI). “Performing the Spoken Word Archive: PoetryPerformance, Past and Present.” 2012-2013. ($5000)
· Social Sciencesand Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Research DevelopmentInitiative (RDI) Grant, (Jason Camlot, Principal Investigator, Darren WershlerCo-Applicant), “The SpokenWeb 2.0: Conceptualizing and Prototyping aComprehensive Web-Based Digital Spoken-Word Archive Interface for LiteraryResearch.” 2010-2012. ($39,692.00)
· Social Sciencesand Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Image, Text Sound &Technology (ITST) Grant, (Jason Camlot, Principal Investigator), “RECITE:Exploring and Developing Digital Tools for the Analysis and Interactive Use ofLiterary Spoken Recordings.” 2010-2012. ($49, 980.00)
· Canadian Networksof Centres of Excellence (NCE) – ($23million): Graphics, Animation and NewMedia (GRAND). Collaborative Researcher. (Kelley Booth, Director. LynnHughes and Bart Simon, Project Leaders). “Play and Performance in Game-Based Gestural Interfaces.” 2010-2015. (Year 1: $7,500, Year 2: 13,000$,Year 3: $20,000, Years 4 and 5: $18,000)
· Social Sciencesand Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Aid to Research Workshopsand Conferences in Canada Grant (201-400 participants), (Jason Camlot,Applicant), “Victorian Scale and Perspective: An InternationalConference.” 2010. ($23,770.00)
HONOURS and AWARDS
· 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)
“The Poetry Series.” Amodern4 (March 2015). <http://amodern.net> Co-Editor with Christine Mitchell of 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 theNineteenth-Century British Critic. Aldershot, U.K. and Burlington, U.S.A: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 0 7546 5311 0
“Anglo-Quebec Poetry.” Editor ofa 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
- “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. <http://19.bbk.ac.uk>
- “Prose, Non-Fiction.” The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
- “Le Foster Poetry Conference, 1963.” Littérature Québécoise: Voix et Images40.2 (hiver 2015): 59-75.
- “The Poetry Series.” Co-authored with Christine Mitchell. Amodern 4 (March 2015). <http://amodern.net/article/editorial-amodern-4/>
- “Theses on Discerning The Poetry Series.” Co-authored with Darren Wershler. Amodern 4 (March 2015). <http://amodern.net/article/theses-reading-series/>
7. “The Sound of Canadian Modernisms: The Sir George Williams University Poetry Series,1966-1974.” Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes 46.3 (Fall 2012): 28-59. [Published in August 2013]
- “Prosing Poetry: Blackwood’s and Generic Transposition.” Blackwood’s and Romanticism. Ed. Robert Morrison and Daniel S. Roberts. London: Palgrave, 2013.
- “tickertext1: New Media Poetics of Occasion.” Canadian Journal of Communication 37 (2012): 167-172.
- “The Three Minute Victorian Novel: Early Adaptations of Books to Sound.” Audiobooks, Sound Studies and Literature. Ed. Matthew Rubery. New York, NY and Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2011 24-43.
Recent conference papers / readings / talks
“Robert Creeley’s Montreal Poetry Readings, 1967/1970.” PCA/ACA Conference, Wilmington, NC, 1-3October 2015
“Digital Victorians.” NorthAmerican Victorian Studies Association conference. Honolulu, Hawaii, 8-12 July 2015.
“William Morris, Labour and Learning.” Society for Socialist Studies, Congress 2015. University of Ottawa, 2-4 June 2015.
“SpokenWeb 2010-2015: Edition, Event, Context.” Panel on Leseditions critiques en context numerique. Canadian Society of Digital Humanities conference, Congress 2015. Universityof Ottawa, 3 June 2015.
“The Victorian Scrapbook Album: Evidence of Material Use.” Association of Canadian College andUniversity Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Congress 2015. University ofOttawa, 31 May-2 June, 2015.
“Historicist Audio Forensics.” Project Arclight conference, Montreal,13-15 May, 2015.
“Historicizing with Digital Design, or, What building a “digitalarchive” can teach us about the material Archive.” (Re)constituer l’archive conference.Figura-NT2 Concordia, 27 March 2015.
“Theses on Weird Media.” Delivered as organizer/respondent for two panels on Literature and Mediaat the Modern Language Association annual conference. Vancouver, 9-10 January 2014.
“PoetryLab: a close listening game for iOS.” Co-author with Ian A. Arawjo and ChristineMitchell. Presented by Ian Arawjo at CHI PLAY ’14, Toronto, Ontario, 22 October2014; published in Proceedings of thefirst ACM SIGCHI annual symposium on Computer-human interaction in play.New York, 2014. 311-14.
“The Phonogram as Local-Global Genre-Medium.” North American Victorian Studies AssociationConference, Venice, Italy, 3 June 2013.
“Robert Creeley’s Montreal Poetry Readings, 1967/1970.” Louisville Conference on Literature andCulture Since 1900. University ofLouisville, 23 February 2013.
“Parlons Chansons: They’re Talking About Songs.” Moderator of panel with Rob Bowman, AndreWilliams and Nasri. Pop Montreal Festival, 21 September 2012.
“Generic Transposition in Blackwood’s,1825-1835.” Association of CanadianCollege and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Congress 2012. Kitchener-Waterloo, 25-28 May 2012.
“SpokenWeb: Developing a Comprehensive Web-Based Digital Spoken WordArchive for Literary Research. Report onPhase I.” Poster Presentation withstudent Deanna Fong. Society for DigitalHumanities (SDH) Annual Conference. Congress 2012. Kitchener-Waterloo, 26-28 May, 2012.
“Critical Distance in the Digital Humanities.” Ludic Engagement as ‘Real’ Research, PanelCo-Organizer (with Lynn Hughes) and presenter. Graphics, Animation and New Media Conference, Montreal, 2-4 May, 2012.
“Ethereal: Tangible and Tactile Voice Interface for the iPad.” Poster Presentation, with students IanArawjo, Joachim Despland, Mohannad Al Khatib. Graphics, Animation and New Media Conference, Montreal, 2-4 May, 2012.
“Tennyson’s Spectral Energy: Looking at Early LiteraryRecordings.” Victorian StudiesAssociation of Western Canada Annual Conference—Victorian Literature andMedia. Victoria, BC, April 26-29, 2012.
“The Archive of Voices: Encounters Between the Analogue Artifact andthe Digital Interface.” American CultureAssociation Conference, Division of Libraries, Archives, Museums and PopularResearch, Boston, April 12-15, 2012.
“The Victorianator, An iPhone Game: Interpreting Elocutionary Protocolswith Digital Device in Hand.” NorthAmerican Victorian Studies Association conference, Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTennessee, November 2-6, 2011.
“SpokenWeb 2.0: Imagining the Spoken Word Archive from Tinfoil toSoundCloud.” Click on KnowledgeConference, University of Copenhagen, May11-13, 2011.
“Listening to ‘The Bells.’” Project Workshop Meeting of the Melodrama research group. Concordia University, May 5-6, 2011.
“T.S. Eliot’s Pitch Curves: Digital Analysis of LiteraryRecordings.” American CultureAssociation Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 20-23, 2011.
“Cybercodes.” Panel Chair. North American Victorian Studies AssociationConference. Montreal, November 11-13,2010.
“A Role For Phonetics Software in the Analysis of RecordedPoetry." Paper written by JasonCamlot and Jesse Lawrence (undergraduate student in Linguistics), delivered byJesse Lawrence. Atlantic ProvincesLinguistics Association Conference. Prince Edward Island, November 11-13, 2010.
“LudicVoice.” Presentation of two voice gameresearch projects. FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal. June 1, 2010.
“Educationand/in Victorian Literature.” Organizerand Chair of three panels (nine presenters). ACCUTE, Concordia University, Montreal. May 29, 30, 31, 2010.
“Gamesand Narrative: An Analytic Framework Revisited.” Paper delivered with Jim Bizzocchi, JoshTanenbaum and Bart Simon. Canadian Game Studies Association, ConcordiaUniversity, Montreal. May 28, 2010.
“La série de poésie Sir George Williams 1965-1972 :la poésie anglo-québécoise rencontre la poétique nord-américain/The Sir GeorgeWilliams Poetry Series: 1965-1972: Anglo-Quebec Poetry Encounters NorthAmerican Poetics.” Associationfrancophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Université du Montréal, May 11, 2010.
I am presently involved in three interdisciplinary (and mostly inter-institutional) research teams. The Nineteenth-Century Technologies, Media and Representations Research Group considers the implications of vastly different disciplinary approaches to shared subjects in nineteenth-century culture and society, The Anglo-Québec Literature Research Team considers the implications of English language writing of Québec for definitions of Québecois, Canadian and American literature, and The Technoculture, Art and Games Initiative—a cross-faculty interdisciplinary research team—explores the relationship between art, and contemporary digital culture.