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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship

Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship

(p.85) Chapter 6 Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Johanna Drucker

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter argues for the need to shift the focus of humanistic study from the effects of technology (from readings of social media, games, narrative, personae, digital texts, images, environments), to a humanistically informed theory of the making of technology (a humanistic computing at the level of design, modeling of information architecture, data types, interface, and protocols). Theorizing humanities approaches to digital scholarship means considering the role of affect, notions of non-self-identicality of all expressions, the force of a constructivist approach to knowledge as knowing, observer dependent, emergent, and process-driven rather than entity-defined. The chapter also reviews some of the ways in which humanistic thinking has been incorporated into digital scholarship.

Keywords:   digital humanities, digital technology, digital scholarship, humanistic thinking, humanistic study

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