We are thrilled to announce that Élika Ortega will be joining IDRH as a digital humanities postdoctoral researcher beginning in January 2015. Élika is highly active in the international digital humanities community, and comes to KU from the University of Western Ontario where she recently completed her PhD in Literature (Hispanic Studies) at the CulturePlex Lab. In her role at KU, Élika will develop and teach an introductory digital humanities course, conduct original digital humanities research, consult on digital research projects, and help manage IDRH's continuing activities. Welcome, Élika!
Élika Ortega completed her PhD in Literature (Hispanic Studies) at the CulturePlex Lab at the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2013. She also holds an MA in English from the University of Toronto (2007) and an MA (2006) and a BA (2004) in Modern Languages and Literatures from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Élika writes about digital literature, (not necessarily digital) media, intermediality, reading practices and interfaces, books, networks, and multilingualism in academia. She is part of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities executive committee, and a member of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, Red de Humanidades Digitales, Modern Languages Association, Electronic Literature Organization, Laboratory of Extended Literatures and Other Materialities, and Red Latinoamericana de Literatura Electrónica. During her years at the University of Western Ontario, Élika co-founded and edited the graduate student peer-reviewed journal Entrehojas; co-led the speaker series for the Inter-Disciplinary Initiative in Digital Humanities for two years; worked on digitization projects of the Libraries’ special collection materials; led workshops, and trained undergraduate students in a variety of tools and methodologies. A tireless traveler, Élika has presented her work in conferences in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Ghana.