Defining the Digital Humanities
From CUNY Academic Commons
A project in itself. Some in the Digital Humanities have come to feel that the term is too expansive to be useful; others welcome its capaciousness.
See also Hot Topics.
- You can get a feeling for the variety of perspectives from the annual Day of Digital Humanities project (see Conferences & Events), which asks participants "How do you define DH?"; Jason Heppler's site randomly selects an answer to this question. (Take a look too at Stefan Sinclair's "Rapid Analysis of Three Years of DayOfDH.")
- The Wikipedia definition is fairly extensive, but (at time of this writing) does seem to elide issues that trouble people working in the field (e.g., where does DH work take place – only in DH departments? Does "Humanities Computing" equal "Digital Humanities"?).
- See also Patrik Svensson's "The Landscape of Digital Humanities." Digital Humanities Quarterly v4 n1 (Summer 2010).
- And Kathleen Smith's "Q&A With Brett Bobley, Director of the NEH’s Office of the Digital Humanities." HASTAC, 1 Feb. 2009.
- Matt Kirschenbaum's "What Is Digital Humanities and What's It Doing in English Departments?" provides, succinctly, a history of the field, a definition, and arguments for its value to the humanities in general, and English in particular. ADE Bulletin, Number 150 (Summer 2010).
- The New York Times has covered DH in a series "Humanities 2.0." Its treatment was for the most part favorably received by DHers (though the comments provide some insight into how the field is perceived by others). The conversation was even joined by Stanley Fish (see Hot Topics).
- Melissa Terras has compiled some statistics and developed an infographic. Note that, as she acknowledges, such representations are inevitably partial and open to critical debate.
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