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Chris Tanasescu has a particular interest in Digital Humanities and specializes in digital literary studies and computational literary analysis. At Carleton he teaches courses on Electronic Poetry (ENGL 4155A / ENGL 5900S) and Digital Humanities: Theory and Method (ENGL 2401A/ DIGH 2002), as well as a course on The Book in the Digital Age (ENGL 3401 / DIGH 3001).
Chris earned his BA, MA and PhD (Magna cum Laude) in Contemporary American Literature and holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. He taught for eleven years at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Bucharest (Romania) a wide range of courses in contemporary American literature and studies. In 2010-2011, he carried out a research project on “Poetries and Communities” at San Diego State University (USA) as a Senior Fulbright Fellow. He lectured in the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, and Romania. In 2012-2013, he was a Visiting Professor of American Literature at Université Paris X (France).
Tanasescu is also an internationally awarded poet and performer (aka MARGENTO) employing digital technologies, intermedia, and cross-artform approaches.
Since 2013 he has been an Adjunct Professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of Computer Science, working as a principal investigator through a 2-year SSHRC grant on a project titled Poetry Computational Graphs (The Graph Poem Initiative). He is also involved in a 3-year NSERC Strategic Grant titled “Information and Communications Technologies / From Data to Knowledge to Action” (principal investigator: prof. Diana Inkpen).
Chris has recently been appointed Coordinator of Digital Humanities Resources with University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts (since September 2016).