Hi! I’m Abi.

Portrait of the author, featuring unruly, dark hair and blunt bangs, two eyes, a nose, and a mouth, as well as a dangerously white collared shirt.

I am a Ph.D. student in Literary Studies at the University of Guelph, returning to Guelph after completing my M.A. in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto.

My academic interests include eBibliography, digital humanities, gender studies, late-Victorian book history, and small letterpress culture in Canada. I also like to play with nineteenth century wood type in the Bibliography Room at Massey College.

My current project investigates how bookobjects make bookmakers feel and the ways in which bookmakers work to make us feel about and as a result of bookobjects in turn. I pay particular attention to the ways in which aesthetics-driven modes of production have historically been used to politically mobilize bookmakers (“you are what you make”) and imagined readers (“you are what you read”) alike.

I examine bookmaking as a redemptive act that invests both small presswork itself and the fruits of small press labour as politically reparative and ask: what kinds of promises are contemporary bookobjects and bookmaking invested with? How are these promises shifted when considered crossmedially? And how might tracing the affective affordances of bookobjects and bookmaking help us better imagine and design future forms of the book?

Beyond thinking through the topics signalled above, this is a space for general musings and works-in-progress. It’s also a space that welcomes dialogue.

For a quick-ish response, ping me via the twittersphere @abilemak.


Interrogating Augmented Tech Mediation in Mobile Gaming App Pokémon GO!

Written by Abi Lemak & Kiera Obbard. Original post can be found on Medium. Growing up in the 1990s and 2000s, we were, like many of our friends, caught up in the Pokémon hype. We wanted to “catch ’em all,” as the show’s theme song invited — and when Pokémon GO! was released in Canada in the summer …

What Does Generosity Have to Do With Linked Open Data?: A Lit Review

The following is a partial lit review of recent conversations surrounding Linked Open Data within the humanities with a focus on what generosity means in the context of the Semantic Web. I’ve experimented with form in this post by lifting key voices out of the text and styling them as block quotes in order to …

What does textual scholarship have in common with the semantic web?

A reading of James Smith’s “Working with the Semantic Web” from the newly published collection of essays, Doing Digital Humanities (2016). Some context: James Smith is a Lead Software Engineer (Kit Check) who also teaches the RDF and Linked Open Data (LOD) course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria (which I’ve had the …