The switch from the term “humanities computing” to “digital humanities” will turn 15 (approximately) next year. This conversation offers an opportunity to take stock of the field by focusing on the surprising dimensions of actual scholarship in digital humanities that often happen below the surface of the administrative faddishness and hype about the field. At the level of hype—in the pages (more often on the website) of the Chronicle of Higher Education, commentators (both pro and con) have positioned the digital humanities as marking a shift from qualitative approaches to quantitative, even positivist, ones. Big data, distant reading, coding, algorithmic analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence—they seem to either liberate (pro) or threaten (con) the hermeneutic, interpretive practices traditionally understood to be the domain of humanistic inquiry. However, pioneers in the field of digital humanities such as Johanna Drucker were always as interested in bringing humanities approaches to bear on digital technologies as the reverse. What is at stake in this buried tradition within the digital humanities? We will read a short excerpt from Johanna Drucker’s book Speclab and discuss over coffee, tea, and snacks
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- Library; Center for Teaching, Learning and Research; Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry; Digital Liberal Arts (DLA)
Zz Kramer, Michael J.