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Johanna Drucker- Digital Humanities: A Status Report with Questions

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Published on Nov 16, 2015

Johanna Drucker, University of California Los Angeles

Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, The Hall Center for Humanities, EGARC, & the Department of English
October 29th, 2015

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Digital Humanities: A Status Report with Questions
Digital humanities activities have matured in the last decades, and in many ways, we simply do our business digitally, working in networked environments with all of their affordances and conveniences as part of our daily research habits. Digitization processes and presentation tools, on and offline, have created new norms and conventions for publishing while analytic methods in data mining, visualization, network analysis, topic modeling and so on have become standard (if less common) research methods. All of this suggests that the digital humanities have been extremely successful and are integrated into scholarship across disciplines. But what are the intellectual impacts of these methods? What critical issues do they raise in terms of knowledge production and conception and how do these answer or meet the challenges of resource allocation and equities of practice within the academic environment? Will digital humanities disappear as a field, its boundaries dissolved by familiarity, or will breakthrough projects shift the critical frameworks on which we constitute the humanities?

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA where she teaches Information Studies, Digital Humanities, and History of the Book. With Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp she co-authored the MIT Press book, Digital_Humanities, and her DH 101 Coursebook is available free online. Two other books, Graphesis (Harvard University Press, 2014) and SpecLab (University of Chicago Press, 2009) are also concerned with digital projects and knowledge production.

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