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Debates in the Digital Humanities
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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 arts—and 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 Humanities—which will be published both as a printed book and later as an ongoing, open-access website—suggest 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: The Digital Humanities Moment
  2. pp. ix-17
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  1. PART I: Defining the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1 What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
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  1. 2 The Humanities, Done Digitally
  2. pp. 12-15
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  1. 3 “This Is Why We Fight”: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 16-35
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  1. 4 Beyond the Big Tent
  2. pp. 36-49
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  1. BLOG POSTS
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. The Digital Humanities Situation
  2. pp. 50-55
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  1. Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. An Interview with Brett Bobley
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. Day of DH: Defining the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. PART II: Theorizing the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 73-91
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  1. 5 Developing Things: Notes toward an Epistemology of Building in the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. 6 Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship
  2. pp. 85-95
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  1. 7 This Digital Humanities Which Is Not One
  2. pp. 96-112
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  1. 8 A Telescope for the Mind?
  2. pp. 113-123
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  1. BLOG POSTS
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. Sunset for Ideology, Sunrise for Methodology?
  2. pp. 124-126
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  1. Has Critical Theory Run Out of Time for Data-Driven Scholarship?
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. There Are No Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. PART III: Critiquing the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 137-155
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  1. 9 Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation
  2. pp. 139-160
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  1. 10 Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University
  2. pp. 161-186
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  1. 11 Unseen and Unremarked On: Don DeLillo and the Failure of the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 187-201
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  1. 12 Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 202-212
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  1. 13 The Digital Humanities and Its Users
  2. pp. 213-232
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  1. BLOG POSTS
  2. pp. 233-250
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  1. Digital Humanities Triumphant?
  2. pp. 233-234
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  1. What Do Girls Dig?
  2. pp. 235-240
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  1. The Turtlenecked Hairshirt
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. Eternal September of the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 243-246
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  1. PART IV: Practicing the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 247-265
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  1. 14 Canons, Close Reading, and the Evolution of Method
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. 15 Electronic Errata: Digital Publishing, Open Review, and the Futures of Correction
  2. pp. 259-280
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  1. 16 The Function of Digital Humanities Centers at the Present Time
  2. pp. 281-291
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  1. 17 Time, Labor, and “Alternate Careers” in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work
  2. pp. 292-308
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  1. 18 Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon
  2. pp. 309-318
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  1. BLOG POSTS
  2. pp. 319-336
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  1. The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing
  2. pp. 319-321
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  1. Introducing Digital Humanities Now
  2. pp. 322-323
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  1. Text: A Massively Addressable Object
  2. pp. 324-327
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  1. The Ancestral Text
  2. pp. 328-332
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  1. PART V: Teaching the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 333-351
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  1. 19 Digital Humanities and the “Ugly Stepchildren” of American Higher Education
  2. pp. 335-349
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  1. 20 Graduate Education and the Ethics of the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 350-367
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  1. 21 Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities? Process and Products in the Small College World
  2. pp. 368-389
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  1. 22 Where’s the Pedagogy? The Role of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 390-401
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  1. BLOG POSTS
  2. pp. 402-403
  1. Visualizing Millions of Words
  2. pp. 404-405
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  1. What’s Wrong with Writing Essays
  2. pp. 406-408
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  1. Looking for Whitman: A Grand, Aggregated Experiment
  2. pp. 409-412
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  1. The Public Course Blog: The Required Reading We Write Ourselves for the Course That Never Ends
  2. pp. 413-429
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  1. PART VI: Envisioning the Future of the Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 415-428
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  1. 23 Digital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term
  2. pp. 429-437
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  1. 24 The Digital Humanities or a Digital Humanism
  2. pp. 438-451
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  1. 25 The Resistance to Digital Humanities
  2. pp. 438-451
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  1. 26 Beyond Metrics: Community Authorization and Open Peer Review
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  1. 27 Trending: The Promises and the Challenges of Big Social Data
  2. pp. 460-475
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  1. 28 Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions
  2. pp. 476-489
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  1. 29 Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?
  2. pp. 490-510
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. 511-512
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 513-533
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