Digital Humanities

By John Hamerlinck

The digital humanities, also known as humanities computing, is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. It is methodological by nature and interdisciplinary in scope. . .  Academic departments of the digital humanities typically include technical practitioners as well as traditionally trained scholars with experience or expertise in digital media. Such departments tend to be heavily involved in collaborative research projects with colleagues in other departments. (Wikipedia)

The latest newsletter from Imagining America features an interview with Ron Krabill, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. Krabill is working on a project that will develop a Web resource in coordination with human rights advocates, community organizations, and scholars. The article includes some interesting discussion about “digital humanities” and the relationship between technology, teaching and social responsibility.

Excerpt: “What happens when the digital comes together with the public? My stake is in thinking through media studies from a humanistic viewpoint, with an assumption of engagement in the issues of the world. My stake is in the idea of using digital technologies to build new publics around issues that matter, and around public conversations that matter.” Read the article here.

As we consider how to effectively use technologies for civic engagement in higher education, it is important to know that lots of folks out there are working onthe teaching and learning end of things. Our job is to put that knowledge within a civic engagement context.

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