This course examines the history of the interdisciplinary field of the digital humanities (DH) and how the introduction of new questions has transcended the traditional text-based approach of humanities scholarship, generating new challenges. What isn’t digital humanities (and why it matters)? Can digital methods bring highly contested knowledge into focus? And how? By discussing case studies from different DH subfields (e.g. Cultural Analytics, Text Mining, Network Analysis; Humanities Data Science, Digital Heritage, Digital Archaeology, Humanities Databases, etc.) and an array of related convergent practices, this approach-driven course will explore the theoretical and methodological diversity of DH. Readings will contrast the production of humanistic knowledge using digital methods with literature from cognitive science, design, and computer science.
IH 210 Readings in the Digital Humanities