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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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Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”

Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”

(p.59) Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Tom Scheinfeldt

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the reasons why digital humanities is often described as “nice.” In contrast to other disciplines where suspicion, envy, and territoriality sometimes seem to rule, the field of digital humanities is associated with collegiality, openness, and collaboration. The community welcomes new practitioners easily and does not seem to get in lots of fights. The chapter proposes that digital humanities is nice because those in it are often more concerned with method than they are with theory. A focus on method means that arguments are short and easily resolved, and thus digital humanities stays nice.

Keywords:   digital humanities, collegiality, openness, collaboration

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