Digital_Humanities is a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production. Answering the question, “What is digital humanities?,” it provides an in-depth examination of an emerging field. This collaboratively authored and visually compelling volume explores methodologies and techniques unfamiliar to traditional modes of humanistic inquiry--including geospatial analysis, data mining, corpus linguistics, visualization, and simulation--to show their relevance for contemporary culture.
Included are chapters on the basics, on emerging methods and genres, and on the social life of the digital humanities, along with “case studies,” “provocations,” and “advisories.” These persuasively crafted interventions offer a descriptive toolkit for anyone involved in the design, production, oversight, and review of digital projects. The authors argue that the digital humanities offers a revitalization of the liberal arts tradition in the electronically inflected, design-driven, multimedia language of the twenty-first century.
Written by five leading practitioner-theorists whose varied backgrounds embody the intellectual and creative diversity of the field, Digital_Humanities is a vision statement for the future, an invitation to engage, and a critical tool for understanding the shape of new scholarship.
About the Authors
Peter Lunenfeld is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and the author of User: InfoTechnoDemo, Snap to Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures, and The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine, all published by the MIT Press.
Anne Burdick is Department Chair of Graduate Media Design at Art Center College of Design and design editor of electronicbookreview.com.
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies and a book artist and visual poet.
Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature at UCLA, where he also chairs the program in Digital Humanities.
Jeffrey Schnapp is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, where he is Professor of Romance Literatures, teaches at the Graduate School of Design, and serves as faculty codirector of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
“If you want to know exactly what the digital humanities is, what refinements on traditional scholarly activities it offers, what new forms of knowledge making and knowledge sharing it makes possible, what long held truths or truisms it challenges, and what brave new worlds and nightmare scenarios it harbors, this is the book for you.”
—Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Law and Humanities, Florida International University
“Digital_Humanities is a perfect summation of our exciting, turbulent moment in the history of learning, thinking, and research in the humanities (writ large). Hundreds of scholars and students today are rethinking the basic forms and norms of higher education. This book is a manifesto that helps to capture the energy of this work over the last decade in order to energize the radical transformation in modes of learning that needs to happen in the next one.”
—Cathy N. Davidson, Codirector, Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke University; author of Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century
“Digital_Humanities is much more than a manifesto for a new kind of scholarly knowing through making. It engages with the striking variety of work now pushing the boundaries of work: web documentaries, dense mapping, humanities gaming, data mining, and critical curationjust to name a few. Here you will find an expansive, generous picture of the future of scholarship, one built on core values of the humanities, but reaching out to quantitative work, to social scientific studies, to contemporary filmmaking and citizen documentation. Provocative, enthusiastic, and generative, it is a book that joins the humanities to our contemporary, digital world.”
—Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University