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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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Beyond the Big Tent

Beyond the Big Tent

(p.36) Chapter 4 Beyond the Big Tent
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Patrik Svensson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the contemporary landscape of digital humanities starting from the discourse of “big tent” digital humanities. What is it exactly that needs to be incorporated into the tent that was not there before? Does a larger tent come with expanded responsibilities? Why do we need a tent or a bounding mechanism in the first place? Is there place for private as well as public institutions of higher education in the tent? Is a very inclusive notion of digital humanities problematic? The chapter ends by suggesting that the community may benefit from a “no tent” approach to the digital humanities and that “trading zone” or “meeting place” may be useful, alternative structuring devices and ideational notions.

Keywords:   digital humanities, big tent, no tent, trading zone, meeting place

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