What are the Digital Humanities?

In our rapidly-digitized world, the better question might be what is not Digital Humanities? Digital Humanities could be defined accurately in a number of different ways:

As an interdiscipinary field at the intersection of humanities and computing, bringing traditional print humanities fields into conversation with data science, library and information studies, and discipline-cutting fields such as media studies or Internet studies.

As a methodological approach to humanistic inquiry and production which puts questions of humanities methods at the forefront of teaching and research.

As a set of activities to study, promote, and advance humanities through digital means.

As a generative humanities focused on the creation and curation of digital collections and tools.

Above all, digital humanities is a field which asks what it means to study, teach, and promote humanities in the digital age, now and into the future.

The Digital Humanities MA program trains students from all disciplines for a wide range of careers and academic paths. Students in digital humanities gain skills and knowledge to work in all areas of the knowledge economy by gaining proficiency both in so-called “soft” skills (creativity, adaptability, communication, teamwork) while at the same time developing technical skills necessary for digital work.

For a sense of the breadth of the field, check out Digital Humanities Now (http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/), HASTAC (https://www.hastac.org/), and (because digital humanists are often tweeting) #digitalhumanities on twitter

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