What is (are?) the Digital Humanities?
Like jazz, digital humanities (DH) is likely recognizable when you encounter it, yet scholars have a difficult time defining it. Here are two attempts.
- Digital humanities is a sub-field of humanistic study that studies the human record using information technology.
- Digital humanities are the array of convergent practices used by educators, librarians, academics, and artists that use digital tools to enhance older and distinguish newer methodologies of research, criticism, and creative expression.
In addition to thinking about what DH is or are, the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center is dedicated to building a humanities infrastructure which promotes, educates, and innovates various matters of DH through our training workshops, affiliated projects, symposia, and speaker series. We also support faculty working in the fields of digital humanities with funding and training.
DH Pop Ins
Beginning in 2020, Humanities Specialist Karen Sieber, who has worked in DH for years on award winning projects, began thinking of ways she could better reach a skeptical audience to promote not just the research benefits of DH, but the fact that there are free, easy, quick ways that scholars can be using DH right now with little to no background skills or barriers. The DH PopIn series introduces students and faculty to easy-to-use tools and methods in the digital realm that help explore humanities themes in new and exciting ways. The series will also feature virtual chats with noted DH practitioners from across the country to discuss their process behind building a variety of different projects, from GIS mapping to textual analysis.
For more on DH Pop In events click here.
Digital Resources at UMaine
A Companion to Digital Humanities, a free e-book and essential compendium
Scholarly Editing, publisher of digital scholarly editions