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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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Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions

Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions

(p.476) Chapter 28 Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Cathy N. Davidson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how factors such as computational tools, the multilingual and transnational archives at the disposal of humanists, and the numbers of scholars and students globally who have access to any given digital textual database are transforming the paradigms of humanistic scholarship and moving us toward Humanities 2.0. It describes two projects that underscore the paradigm-shifting potentialities of next-generation digital humanism. The first, “The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age,” deals primarily with collaborative thinking and writing; the second, the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project, is organized primarily around collaborative research and teaching. The chapter concludes that Humanities 2.0 is a humanities of engagement that addresses our collective histories and concern for history. For academics, this engagement entails a willingness to reconsider the most cherished assumptions and structures of their discipline.

Keywords:   digital humanities, humanistic scholarship, digital humanism

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