Debates in the Digital Humanities

Debates in the Digital Humanities

Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780816677948

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Abstract

Encompassing new technologies, research methods, and opportunities for collaborative scholarship and open-source peer review, as well as innovative ways of sharing knowledge and teaching, the digital humanities promises to transform the liberal arts—and perhaps the university itself. Indeed, at a time when many academic institutions are facing austerity budgets, digital humanities programs have been able to hire new faculty, establish new centers and initiatives, and attract multimillion-dollar grants. Clearly the digital humanities has reached a significant moment in its brief history. But what sort of moment is it? This book explores its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. From defining what a digital humanist is and determining whether the field has (or needs) theoretical grounding, to discussions of coding as scholarship and trends in data-driven research, this cutting-edge volume delineates the current state of the digital humanities and envisions potential futures and challenges. At the same time, several essays aim pointed critiques at the field for its lack of attention to race, gender, class, and sexuality; the inadequate level of diversity among its practitioners; its absence of political commitment; and its preference for research over teaching.

Table of Contents

Part I Defining the Digital Humanities

An Interview with Brett Bobley

Michael Gavin and Kathleen Marie Smith

Part II Theorizing the Digital Humanities

Part III Critiquing the Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Triumphant?

William Pannapacker

What Do Girls Dig?

Bethany Nowviskie

Part IV Practicing the Digital Humanities

The Ancestral Text

Michael Witmore

Part V Teaching the Digital Humanities

Part VI Envisioning the Future of the Digital Humanities