- 1 Readings
- 2 Assignments
- 3 Definitions of DH
- 3.1 Digital Humanities: A definition
- 3.2 What Is DH? (Part 2)
- 3.3 defining digital humanities
- 3.4 DH Definition_ Sarah DeMott
- 3.5 WWDHD – What would Digital Humanities Do?
- 3.6 Defining Digital Humanities
- 3.7 Atoms & Bits
- 3.8 Digital Humanities as a transitional label.
- 3.9 Humanist studies in a digital world
- 3.10 Digital Humanities: A Bridge From Humanities To Humanities
- 3.11 Defining Digital Humanities
- 3.12 It’s All DH to Me
- 3.13 Define Digital Humanities
Gold, Matthew K. “The Digital Humanities Moment” in Debates in the Digital Humanities. Gold, Matthew K., ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
Haigh, Thomas. “We Have Never Been Digital.” Communications of the ACM 57, no. 9 (September 1, 2014): 24–28. doi:10.1145/2644148.
Lubar, Steven. “In Response to a State Humanities Council Question: What Are the Digital Humanities, and What Should We Do about Them?” On Public Humanities.
Choose one chapter from: Terras, Melissa M., Julianne Nyhan, and Edward Vanhoutte, eds. Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader. Farnham, Surrey, England : Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Limited ; Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013.
An Introduction to History Moves
Wizinsky, Matthew, & Brier, Jennifer. “History Moves: Mobilizing Public Histories in Post-Digital Space.” Scholarly and Research Communication, 7, no. 2 (October 2016): 0201248, 13 pp.
Post a definition of the Digital Humanities of your own creation on the course site.
How to do this:
- Log in to the site
- Rollover Digital Humanities: Analysis and Visualization in the top admin bar and click on Dashboard
- Rollover Posts and click Add New
- Things to do on this post page
- Make sure you give your post a title
- Post your definition in the text edit box
- Under categories, check off your name and DH Definition
- Click Publish on the right side of the screen
Definitions of DH
Digital Humanities as a discipline deals mainly with the application of digital techniques such as text and data analysis and text encoding to traditional humanities academic work for the purpose of answering new questions, discovering new insights about familiar texts or documents, or for subverting familiar understandings. Digital Humanities approaches are not scientific and are often more like art in the inexact way they open traditional works more widely to interpretation and experience.
Definition of DH : (Taking some of the wording from History Moves abstract) The intersection of the digital medium and the humanities field. In an attempt to collect, edit, manipulate, store, display, distrubte, and otherwise produce humanities work such as art, history, language, literary analysis and works via a complex network of digital technologies and media. Thoughts on defining DH: I have spent the last semester trying to explain what in the world is a DH course to a wide variety of ‘outside folk’. On the surface the definition is ‘simple’: it is the idea of using digital tools to enhance the understanding of humanities field. But as you peel back each layer of that sentence you get into the nuances of what does it mean to be a digit tool? What does it mean to enhance? And what is even a humanities field? Originally my thoughts were that to [...]
Digital humanists use the theoretical frameworks of the traditional humanities to understand society's new interactions with technology. At the same time, the field employs new digital tools to better understand the humanities of the past. The link between the digital and the humanities is a natural one—the history of computing is connected with the task of composition.
Digital Humanities is the intersection of cultural studies (art, literature, film, theater, performance, history) and computer science. The combination(?) of Humanities and Computer Science's methodological approaches create new structures in which to create, model, and analyze human forms of expression.
Digital humanities appears to me to be the study of humanities using or enhanced by digital platforms. I'm not sure if it constitutes a different definition than the humanities or if it is a subcategory of the humanities - in other words, digital humanists are also humanists, in my opinion.
Because of the fluidity of the term "Digital Humanities" and the rapid pace by which it is redefined, I decided to look back at my first attempt at defining DH from last semester. Highlights include: "...concerned with the pursuit of non-linear knowledge found in producing a tool-based theory that emphasizes collaboration in a fluid field..." "...it is a scholarly approach to humanist theory that utilizes the building of, or access to, digital tools to express theories wherein the results of the production of an application of said tools requires a qualitative, human reading to construct validity or meaning." Honestly, not bad for my initial swing at it - I sounded very scientific for my first week of grad school. But let's be honest, I was probably just doing my best to string along pieces of other people's definitions in a way that sort of made sense to me at the time. [...]
The Digital Humanities looks at the study of humanities through the lense of computing, and looks at the world of computing through the theoretical framework of the humanities. It is both theoretical and practice-based; both qualitative and quantitative; it encompasses both atoms and bits.
My first attempt to define Digital Humanities might be too reckless, this is due to my absolute ignorance in the field. For now, I see Digital Humanities as a tent under which the Humanities have been gathering a range of new projects and methodologies regarding research, teaching, and other academic activities. Digital Humanities concern both the new digital tools to tackle old-school research fields, and approach the age-old epistemological concerns regarding new media and technologies. In this sense, I see “Digital Humanities” as a useful label for a transitional time, in which scholars of all kinds are inventing new forms of working within the Humanities, both using new digital technologies and reflecting on them. Picking up on Thomas Haigh’s article “We Have Never Been Digital”, I believe that Digital Humanities might eventually expire as a concept, as soon as it becomes redundant. Someday all the Humanities will involve digital technologies, to an extent that shall depend on [...]
Despite the fact that I am a humanities student and (as is almost unavoidable by now) a user of technology, until about a year ago I thought of “Digital Humanities” as a completely foreign concept, something that felt beyond my ability to understand, much less utilize. It was only when I was given a practical example of a DH project that I was able to attach any meaning to the term. Now I feel able to describe broadly what I believe Digital Humanities encompasses, but I still find it more helpful to think of it as a set of practical applications, a series of use cases that can vary widely. This is because to me, a defining quality of Digital Humanities is its active nature. Although reading a novel online is a digitally-based activity in the realm of the humanities, it is not an example of Digital Humanities because it [...]
What is Digital Humanities? The answer to this question has been in flux for several years and is an active topic of debate among academics and scholars who practice this discipline. (I’m sure there could be many colloquies about whether “practice” is the correct verb and “discipline” the right noun, but if I take too much time to address it, I may never have time to learn Digital Humanities). Opinions vary, even veering into territory viewed as extreme by academia. Stephen Ramsey, for example, caused a stir when he answered “yes” to his own question about doing digital humanities: “Do you have to know how to code?” (He later suggested that “build” was a more apt word than “code.”) A completely different viewpoint came from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities enumerating how the council might support digital humanities projects. One of the definitions that RICH swiftly kicked out [...]
It seems first and foremost that Digital Humanities have to do, or take place (at least) partially in the academy and largely involve digital media. I understand this definition goes against some of the pieces, but it seems first and foremost, digital humanities are about using the digital (new digital tools, platforms, media, etc.) to reinstate, question, supplement, answer, or at least intersect with traditional media or "traditional humanities", and vice versa. It also seems being a Digital Humanist means constantly being active within communities, as well. Regardless if it's an actual Digital Humanities board/blog/talk/etc., or being active on a social media platform, you almost have to be constantly upgrading and integrating yourself into new digital communities. As Haigh points out, having your own website now just doesn't seem to cut it. You need to be constantly collaborating, socializing, and updating your toolkit/resources/information. That being said, there is a necessary [...]
To me, the digital humanities is the logical next step in humanistic study. As the world begins to exponentially increase its relationship with and reliance on computers, the digital humanities seems a fitting way to ensure that human-related fields of academia keep close to understanding/engaging with what human culture is doing. The field of DH itself, and the actual work done within it, seems at this point all-inclusive. Like Haigh suggests in "We Have Never Been Digital", I do see it as "...encompass[ing] every area of computer use (from text mining to 3D world building) over every humanities discipline (from literary theory to classics) (28)." I do not consider that point to be negative, though. I think that DH needs to have this range of digital academic work to really get the ball rolling. Yes, I also agree with Haigh that in the future the "tools most useful to a [...]
The first time I had to interact with the term "digital humanities" was one time in a college course. Through that course, I had defined digital humanities as how people interact with each other in the virtual world created by humans. While online, people are not just simply using the machines but to interact with other "identities" on the same platform. Users can act differently from the physical world and speak freely online. Just as how Gold describes in "The Digital Humanities Moments" that it is a space opens for people share feedbacks and thoughts.