Sayers, Jentery

Assistant Professor


Phone number: (250) 721-7274
Department: English

Research description:

- Comparative media studies
- Digital humanities
- American modernism
- Computers and composition
- Cultural histories of technologies
- 3D printing and other forms of desktop fabrication
- Teaching with technologies
Expertise Profile
Dr. Jentery Sayers gives new meaning to learning by doing.

An assistant professor of English at the University of Victoria, Dr. Sayers teaches students how to translate living in a digital age into digital scholarship.

He has created and taught over twenty courses at the intersection of technologies, media and the humanities. His research interests are in digital humanities, comparative media studies, 20th-century US fiction, desktop fabrication, the history of audio and teaching with technologies.

In both his teaching and research, Dr. Sayers blends technical skills with critical thinking.

He helms the Maker Lab in the Humanities at UVic, where he and his team work on 3D printing and other forms of desktop fabrication - they even have their own 3D printer in the lab. Of particular interest to Dr. Sayers is how copyright and cultural heritage change when 3D objects can be printed on demand.

In an English class on the history of sound, students made their own audio pieces alongside research and historical work.

One of his undergrad classes might involve students reading a novel while also learning some mark up and code, says Dr. Sayers. Or they might learn how to annotate historical video and audio while reading a print novel.

Dr. Sayers is currently working on a book project with University of Michigan Press on the cultural history of magnetic recording. He aims to publish the monograph online, with video, audio and graphs.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sayers has received numerous awards for his research, service, and teaching, including a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant and the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award.

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