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Digital Humanities (DH): About DH

A quick guide to everything you need to get started with Digital Humanities.

What is Digital Humanities?

What is Digital Humanities?

There are many definitions of Digital Humanities (DH). Whether considered a set of practices or a specific discipline, the definition   alters depending on the background from which you approach DH.

Our Definition:

The framework by which we consider the use of computers in humanities scholarship, human-computer interaction, and the processes used to conduct humanities research and visualization. It is the consideration of the digital product of humanities research, and the steps that were necessarily digital to archive the research output that otherwise would not have been possible without the aid of computational methods.

It is the creation of digital spaces/objects in which people interact with humanities concepts and data in ways that are impossible in analog.

And it encompasses the notion of broad dissemination and public engagement that make for a much richer, broader, more diverse understanding of the Humanities enabled by the digital platform.

It is not simply...

  • Humanities work with a website
  • “The use of computers in humanities”

Books and Journals

Hybrid Pedagogy : it is as much about using digital tools thoughtfully as it is about deciding when not to use digital tools, and about paying attention to the impact of digital tools on learning.

Debates in Digital Humanities : the open-access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities, which brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions.

Journal of Digital Humanities : a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, open access journal that features the best scholarship, tools, and conversations produced by the digital humanities community in the previous trimester.

 

MORE UNDER READING AND RESOURCES

DH Teaching and Learning at Iowa

To help use and integrate the digital into your teaching please visit or contact individuals in the following campus units.

University of Iowa Research and Instruction Librarians (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/ref/)

Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (http://ideal.uiowa.edu/)

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (http://obermann.uiowa.edu/)

Digital Research and Publishing/The Studio (https://www.lib.uiowa.edu/drp/ | http://thestudio.uiowa.edu/_wp/)