LLU Live #26: Digital Humanities: What is it? What isn’t it? And why should I care?

For our final LLU Live for this academic year, I would like to invite people to come together to talk about a term that we are hearing more and more on our campuses: Digital Humanities.

It is, as one of my faculty colleagues said, a term that has come to mean everything and nothing at the same time.  So many different things are being written about it, and so much funding is now being created to support it, and yet when it comes time to sit down and define what it is and how it is supposed to help our teaching…things get messy.

And yet!  Majors and minors are being created in this new field, people are taking DH courses, more and more tenure reviews are starting to look for evidence of DH scholarship.  Have we created a monster?  Are we, as some have suggested,  perpetuating long standing, majority-centric models of education now via a new shiny digital format?

I offer here for your consideration a wee reading list to consider  before Thursday’s get together (which, by the way, I would like to start at 430pm and not 4pm).  Details on how to join in are here.

Hope to see you there!

Wikipedia’s definition of Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Manifesto created in 2011  by “the future association of digital humanities in Europe:” Humanistica.eu

Will Digital Humanities Disrupt the University?  from Slate magazine with special mention of  Postcolonial Digital Humanities  and  their founding principles

Dispatches from the MLA: The Dark Side of The Digital Humanities

Stop Calling it Digital Humanities by Bill Pannapacker

Posts by Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology at St Edward’s University in Austin, TX, about Digital Humanities

Have others to suggest? Please add them to the comment section!

Featured Image, “Digital Humanities Manifesto” by Mikael Cixous, is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.

Barbara has been working for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for about 15 years. In addition to teaching Spanish she runs a somewhat unconventional language center. Prior to this adventure in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and watch the Red Sox. Preferably not all at once, although that could be interesting. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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