Encompassing new technologies, research methods, and opportunities for collaborative scholarship and open-source peer review, as well as innovative ways of sharing knowledge and teaching, the digital humanities promises to transform the liberal artsand perhaps the university itself. Indeed, at a time when many academic institutions are facing austerity budgets, digital humanities programs have been able to hire new faculty, establish new centers and initiatives, and attract multimillion-dollar grants.
Clearly the digital humanities has reached a significant moment in its brief history. But what sort of moment is it? Debates in the Digital Humanities brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. From defining what a digital humanist is and determining whether the field has (or needs) theoretical grounding, to discussions of coding as scholarship and trends in data-driven research, this cutting-edge volume delineates the current state of the digital humanities and envisions potential futures and challenges. At the same time, several essays aim pointed critiques at the field for its lack of attention to race, gender, class, and sexuality; the inadequate level of diversity among its practitioners; its absence of political commitment; and its preference for research over teaching.
Together, the essays in Debates in the Digital Humanitieswhich will be published both as a printed book and later as an ongoing, open-access websitesuggest that the digital humanities is uniquely positioned to contribute to the revival of the humanities and academic life.
Contributors: Bryan Alexander, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education; Rafael Alvarado, U of Virginia; Jamie “Skye” Bianco, U of Pittsburgh; Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology; Stephen Brier, CUNY Graduate Center; Daniel J. Cohen, George Mason U; Cathy N. Davidson, Duke U; Rebecca Frost Davis, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education; Johanna Drucker, U of California, Los Angeles; Amy E. Earhart, Texas A&M U; Charlie Edwards; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Pomona College; Julia Flanders, Brown U; Neil Fraistat, U of Maryland; Paul Fyfe, Florida State U; Michael Gavin, Rice U; David Greetham, CUNY Graduate Center; Jim Groom, U of Mary Washington; Gary Hall, Coventry U, UK; Mills Kelly, George Mason U; Matthew Kirschenbaum, U of Maryland; Alan Liu, U of California, Santa Barbara; Elizabeth Losh, U of California, San Diego; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Willard McCarty, King’s College London; Tara McPherson, U of Southern California; Bethany Nowviskie, U of Virginia; Trevor Owens, Library of Congress; William Pannapacker, Hope College; Dave Parry, U of Texas at Dallas; Stephen Ramsay, U of Nebraska, Lincoln; Alexander Reid, SUNY at Buffalo; Geoffrey Rockwell, Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts; Mark L. Sample, George Mason U; Tom Scheinfeldt, George Mason U; Kathleen Marie Smith; Lisa Spiro, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education; Patrik Svensson, Umeå U; Luke Waltzer, Baruch College; Matthew Wilkens, U of Notre Dame; George H. Williams, U of South Carolina Upstate; Michael Witmore, Folger Shakespeare Library.
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About the Author
Matthew K. Gold is associate professor of English and digital humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is advisor to the Provost for digital initiatives and director of the GC Digtial Scholarship Lab.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Digital Humanities Moment
Matthew K. Gold
Part I. Defining the Digital Humanities
1. What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
2. The Humanities, Done Digitally
3. This Is Why We Fight: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities
4. Beyond the Big Tent
The Digital Humanities Situation
Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?
Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”
An Interview with Brett Bobley
Michael Gavin and Kathleen Marie Smith
Day of DH: Defining the Digital Humanities
Part II. Theorizing the Digital Humanities
5. Developing Things: Notes toward an Epistemology of Building in the Digital Humanities
Stephen Ramsay and Geoffrey Rockwell
6. Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship
7. This Digital Humanities which Is Not One
Jamie “Skye” Bianco
8. A Telescope for the Mind?
Sunset for Ideology, Sunrise for Methodology?
Has Critical Theory Run Out of Time for Data-Driven Scholarship?
There Are No Digital Humanities
Part III. Critiquing the Digital Humanities
9. Why Are the Digital Humanities So White?, or, Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation
10. Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University
11. Unseen and Unremarked On: Don DeLillo and the Failure of the Digital Humanities
Mark L. Sample
12. Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities
George H. Williams
13. The Digital Humanities and Its Users
Digital Humanities Triumphant?
What Do Girls Dig?
The Turtlenecked Hairshirt
Eternal September of the Digital Humanities
Part IV. Practicing the Digital Humanities
14. Canons, Close Reading, and the Evolution of Method
15. Electronic Errata: Digital Publishing, Open Review, and the Futures of Correction
16. The Function of Digital Humanities Centers at the Present Time
17. Time, Labor, and “Alternate Careers” in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work
18. Can Information Be Unfettered?: Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon
Amy E. Earhart
The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing
Daniel J. Cohen
Introducing Digital Humanities Now
Daniel J. Cohen
Text: A Massively Addressable Object
The Ancestral Text
Part V. Teaching the Digital Humanities
19. Digital Humanities and the “Ugly-Stepchildren” of American Higher Education
20. Graduate Education and the Ethics of the Digital Humanities
21. Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities?: Process and Products in the Small College World
Bryan Alexander and Rebecca Frost Davis
22. Where’s the Pedagogy?: The Role of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities
Visualizing Millions of Words
What’s Wrong with Writing Essays
Mark L. Sample
Looking for Whitman: A Grand, Aggregated Experiment
Matthew K. Gold and Jim